"This elegant action-packed fantasy fizzes with themes of friendship, prejudice and political power play"
Legends of the Sky #1
This first book in Liz Flanagan’s richly detailed Legends of the Sky series relates the compelling quest of Milla, a principled young servant girl who works for Duke Olvar. Here on the island of Arcosi dragons are depicted in paintings, eulogised in stories, and have legendary status. At a self-aggrandising ball Duke Olvar declares: “The dragons are dead, like the former people of this place, perished in mystery… We remember them. We honour them… We are now the children of the dragon.” At this same gathering, an old woman denounces Olvar’s desire to be known as the Dragon Duke and claims that the “dragons of Arcosi will return.” And soon after, Milla takes on the enormous responsibility of looking after the last four dragon eggs.
Living a double life as a protectoress amidst a political tinderbox comes at great risk. Milla must keep the dragons secret, but faces huge conflict when she wonders whether they hold the key to uniting her violently divided island. The writing sparkles as Milla bravely battles to keep the dragons from harm, with vital themes of tolerance, migration and compassion nimbly woven into her quest, a journey that’s as driven by ethical political considerations as it is by personal discovery. Highly recommended for fans of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series, Dragon Daughter might also make an excellent first foray into fantasy for readers who are usually drawn to contemporary fiction – the novel is brilliant at blending a fantastical context with real-world issues.