by Vivian Vande Velde
paperback, from Laurel Leaf 1997 (c. 1992)
This is a YA book. I try not to force my choice in YA books on people because well, I've found that what I find to be an enjoyable read often times is seen as simplistic and/or childish writing to others. That said, I still like to read YA. Its one of my favorite genres, and this was a fun, quick book. I'd certainly buy another one by the author.
There is a certain type of YA novel that isn't quite just a genre novel, but is also a backwards sort of romance. Actually, this is a typical sort of romance novel, where the novel tries to focus on everything but the attraction between the characters, but it keeps slipping back in, and the characters themselves never quite understand it. This falls into that cartegory.
Fifteen-year-old Alys is falsely accused of witchcraft and then staked out on a hillside and left as the sacrifice to a dragon. But he isn't at all what she expects of a dragon. And when he offers to help her take revenge on the wrongs against her, she can't help but agree.
The relationship between Alys and the dragon is confused and interesting, especially since the dragon is as alien as one would expect -- part boy, part something other than human. The story moves quickly (I read it in about an hour one evening), and has a satisfying ending. The author has also written a vampire novel, Companions of the Night, which I'm definitely going to try to find.Posted by Deb Atwood at August 25, 2002 03:46 PM | TrackBack