Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dragon Bones (Dragon Quests #2)

35297553McMann, Lisa. Dragon Bones (Dragon Quests #2)
February 6th 2018 by Aladdin
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

When Fifer is brought back half dead from her fight in Dragon Captives with the world of the Revinir, Alex just about collapses, since Thisbe is presumed dead, and word has recently come that Sky has disappeared. After thirty pages of sobbing and collapsing, he decides that a group should be assembled to try to rescue Thisbe. Florence has the presence of mind to stop him from rushing off immediately, and sets to training a group to fight Queen Eagala' s army. Of course, Fifer is forbidden to train with them, but manages to learn a lot anyway. In the meantime, Thisbe is enslaved and must spend her days dragging bones from crypts so that the Revinir can extract magic from them. Thisbe refuses to work with the evil queen, and makes matters much worse for herself, although she does make a friend in fellow slave, Rohan, who is able to get some information to her. Eventually, the groups converge and attempt to overthrown the queen and rescue Thisbe, who has been practicing her magic. Things go horribly wrong, and the group appears to be stuck with no magic, although there is a glimmer of hope when a key character reappears.
Strengths: My students love these books so much that I had to take my Nook to school and let one girl come to the library and read the story during SSR! There's something about the world building, the characters, and the magic that goes over very well with my students, and they are all super excited to see this new title.
Weaknesses: My students were a bit upset after the first Dragon Quests book because of some of the things that happened to the characters, and I do not think they are going to be happy with the events in this installment. Also, the beginning of this was super, super slow and I wanted to slap Alex and tell him to pull himself together and deal with things.
What I really think: Not my thing at all, but definitely will purchase. By reading the book, I can have quality conversations with the McMann Super Fans, so it's all good!
Ms. Yingling

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