Welcome to Stop 22 of the Fledgling Scavenger Hunt!
Here you will find a secret word (in a paragraph below written in red) as well as my review of the book Fledgling by Nicole Conway.
Publication date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Nicole Conway
Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war?
Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.
While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor.
Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.
There was nothing about this book that I didn't like, except that it ended. I thought I might cry when I read the last page and realized that I would have to wait for another book to come out. I want more! I loved the story, I loved the dragons, and I really loved Jaevid. He is so courageous and strong, for such a little and physically weak boy. It seems silly to say, but I felt so proud of him and how he handled situations that most people wouldn't be able to get through.
Then there were the dragons! Oh the wondrous dragons. Such strength and beauty and how gloriously dangerous they are. Jaevid lucked out and was chosen by a large, wild, loyal, intelligent dragon. His life would have continued to be crap if this hadn't happened. Being chosen by this dragon meant his life would completely change, mostly for the better.
There is a nicely written, multi-layered, complex story that involves many wonderful characters, some sinister plots, and a lot of courageous acts by Jaevid and his friends. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone that likes a great fantasy that involves dragons, elves, mixed breeds, danger, bravery, and a great plot.
ABOUT NICOLE CONWAY:
Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.
“Not really,” I confessed.
“We’d never see each other if you left,” she reached a hand out from under her blanket to grasp mine, squeezing my fingers. “After papa retires and I take over the business, I’ll make you an apprentice myself. Then we can work together and no one will be able to say anything about it.”