A rich medieval fantasy novel from an author whose work has been called “TRULY ORIGINAL . . . FANTASY AT ITS BEST.”
A perfectly crafted combination of medieval history, mythology, and fantasy, set on Wilde Island, featuring Uma Quarteney--a half Euit and half English girl, who has never been fully accepted by her Euit tribe--and Jackrun Pendragon--a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood.
On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake.
Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are.
Despite her half-English blood and the fact that she's a girl, Uma wants nothing more than to be accepted as the next Adan (healer) of her father's Euit tribe. But when the English queen, Adela Pendragon, learns that Uma's father has developed a viable fertility treatment, she kidnaps Uma and the current Adan, holding their tribe hostage until the two of them help her conceive. After Uma's father dies, Uma is left alone in the strange world of the English court, harassed by the tyrannical Prince Desmond and beholden to Queen Adela's often-violent fits of madness. The one bright spot in Uma's life is Jackrun, the prince's cousin, who fulfills a prophecy through his unique bloodline: fairy, dragon, and human combined. Despite the Pendragon name, this story, set in the world of Carey's Dragon's Keep and Dragonswood, calls back to Arthurian legend only obliquely, with the author continuing to develop her own rich traditions and political intrigue. Readers who come expecting a traditional fairytale will find their assumptions disproven by the unexpected obstacles in Uma's path. Carey steers these plot twists gracefully toward an unorthodox but satisfying conclusion. Ages 12 up.