August 2003
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August 2003 US Releases (recieved) by Ernest Lilley                               Last Month / Next Month

Much as we'd like to say something about every genre tile that comes out in a given month, we've settled on saying something about every book received by the time we put an issue online. If you'd like to see your book here, please see your publicist about getting us a copy...or even better, a galley.  Galleys get posted both on our Upcoming Books page the month they arrive, as well as here on the month of publication. If we missed something, feel free to let us know. - Ern

Index: Ace · Avon/Eos Baen · Bantam/Spectra/Dell · The Black Library · DAW · Del Rey · Golden Gryphon · Harper Collins · Forge · 4W8W · Lucas · Pocket · Roc Scholastic · Star Trek · Star Wars · Tor · Warner/Aspect · Wizards of the Coast ·

Canadian Publishers ·  Art/Reference · Other Publishers

Art/Reference

Cosmos Latinos - An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain by Andrea L. Bell (Editor), Yolanda Molina-Gavilan (Translator) (Wesleyan 336 $70 07/01/03) This collection examinees the development of SF in Spanish and Latin American literature with stories from the late 1800s to the present. To read this delightful collection is at to watch a parade of past futures, but through Latino eyes. The introduction sets the stage with a the translators thoughts on the development of Latino SF, and each story is preceded by notes introducing the author and placing the work in the culture's history. Though the Spanish speaking world has long been known as a font of magical realism, these stories offer English speaking readers an opportunity to see how Latinos relate to technology and the future as well. Highly Recommended.

The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy by Darin Park and Tom Dullemond (Dragon Moon Press (Can) Trade $ 19.95 08/01/03) So you want to write Fantasy? You might consider reading Dragon Moon's how to manual on the subject before starting. They go over all the nuts and bolts (or would that be spells and incantations?) of character, myth, plot, humor, historical setting, archetype and more. They won my heart when they cited the "Bond Villain" as an "type" quoting my favorite line from Goldfinger in thte process. Will this book make you the next Terry Goodkind? Hey, it couldn't hurt. Go ahead and read it, and have fun storming the castle.

Avon/EOS: Journey into the Void (Sovereign Stone Trilogy, Book 3) by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman (Avon/Eos HCVR $ 26 08/19/03) Reviewer: Rob Archer (See Review) Book Description: "From acclaimed New York Times bestselling fantasists Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman comes the spellbinding conclusion to the epic adventure of wonder, courage, magic, and ambition that is the breathtaking world of the Sovereign Stone."

Baen Books: Mad Maudlin by Mercedes Lackey, Rosemary Edghill (Baen HCVR $ 25 08/01/03) Following Spirits White as Lightning in their Bedlam's Bard series, Mad Maudlin finds Eric Banyon, now a Julliard graduate ready to enter life after school, and still a sometimes bard and mage in New York, dealing with his past and stirring up trouble for himself while children in a homeless shelter have managed to summon a demon called Bloody Mary, who now stalks the streets of New York. Add in a caffeine addicted Elven prince and a bother he didn't even know he had and Eric's got his hands full.

The Wunder War by Hal Colebatch (Baen HCVR $ 21 08/01/03)
Reviewer: Ernest Lilley Issue: 0309 I wish I'd had time to review this to go with the Niven Interview this month (See Interveiw) but from what I've seen this collection of four short stories by Colebatch is one of the better Kzin War Collections. It's theme is the occupation and liberation of the human colony "Wunderland" which found out we were at war light seconds behind the Rat Cat warriors that considered mankind an "annoying food source".

Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen PPBK $ 7.99 08/01/03) Another Miles omnibus, this one including "Cetaganda", "Ethan of Athos", and "Labyrinth", which takes Miles from age 22-23 according to the Vor timeline in the back of the book. Labyrinth, the third story in the book includes some of Lois's finest space combat with the Dendari Free Mercenaries as well as some mutant teenage nija sex, for those of you who only joined the ranks after our boy had settled down into respectable Vorhood.

 Forward The Mage by Eric Flint and Richard Roach (Baen PPBK $ 7.99 08/01/03)
Back we go to the Joe's World saga, which has already given us the acclaimed Philosophical Strangler in this saga of way, way over the top sword and sorcery. You'll laugh, you'll cry…and you too may fall in love with Gwendolyn Greyboar, who's brother is none other than the Philosophical Strangler and who's quest is to free the dwarfs. The hero of the piece, an artist with a deadly easel and an unfortunate penchant for chivalry certainly does, and considering Larry Elmore's classic Baen cover…it's hardly a surprise.

Warlock by Andre Norton (Baen PPBK $ 7.99 08/01/03)
The Shiva Option by David Weber and Steve White (Baen PPBK $ 7.99 08/01/03) Out in hardcover last year and now in paperback, See our Feb '02 US Books comments.

Random House Ballantine Ballantine- Bantam - Del Rey- Spectra - Lucas Books

The Integral Trees by Larry Niven (Ballantine Trade $ 15.95 08/01/03)
Niven's most famous story is probably Ringworld, about the a vast ribbon of ultra-strong material spun around a star with walls to hold in the air and centripetal force to provide gravity. The Integral Trees lies at the other end of the structural, and possibly philosophical spectrum, with a ring of smoke and gas orbiting around a star, and human descendents of colonist/exiles living in free fall on giant floating trees, while the sentient spacecraft that brought their ancestors there waits for a chance to fulfill its destiny - to bring them back under the influence of "The State". (See our Larry Niven Interview this issue)

Have Spacesuit Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein (Ballantine PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03)
(See our review this issue) The latest in Ballantine's Imagine series is none other than Heinlein's classic YA novel of alien abduction and young folks standing up for humanity. While Kip, the occasionally thick male protagonist is center stage, anyone who thinks SF of the fifties was uniformly sexist has forgotten both Pewee, the prototype for SF chicks - a brilliant and resourceful pest, and (though alien sex is problematic) The Mother Thing herself. Whether you love Heinlein or hate him, Have Spacesuit Will Travel, has to be on your "must read" list.

Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash (Bantam Spectra HCVR $ 22 08/01/03)
Reviewer: EJ McClure (See Review) Sarah Ash delivers a slant-wise retelling of the Dracula myth in Lord Of Snow And Shadows, Book One Of The Tears Of Artamon. Young Gavril Andar, a painter with the soul of a poet, falls hopelessly in love with the Astasia, the beautiful heiress whose portrait he is commissioned to paint for her prospective bridegroom, Prince Eugene of Tielen. But dark forces are at work in Gavril’s life; before he can finish the painting, he is snatched away by the druzhina, warriors from the far northern land of Azhkendir.
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The Gates of Winter by Mark Anthony (Bantam-Spectra PPBK $ 6.99 08/05/03)
Book Description: "In a masterwork of brilliant storytelling, the epic fantasy of two parallel worlds--mystical Eldh and modern Earth--takes a surprising turn in Book Five of Mark Anthony’s thrilling saga of magic, suspense, and adventure, The Last Rune."

The Druid King by Norman Spinrad (Borzoi Books / Knopf Random House HCVR $ 24.95 08/01/03) Reviewer: EJ McClure Issue: 0309 SF author (and current SFWA president) Spinrad takes a shot at historical fiction with this story of Vercingetroix, the Gaul resistance leader that Julius Caeser captured and ultimately executed in Rome in 46 BC. Spinrad resists the temptation to tell it as a magical tale, instead infusing it instead with human courage and daring.

Del Rey: The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein (Del Rey / Random House Trade $ 15 08/01/03) Reviewer: Lucy Schmeidler (See Review) After a ten year hiatus, Rosemary Kirstein returns with a third novel of the Steerswoman saga. The world is full of apparent contradictions, wizards practicing magic, satellites visible overhead, and the Steerswomen, seeker of truth, forging forward from Inner Lands to Outskirt and beyond to the demon lands. Brilliantly written. We're also have an interview with the author: Rosemary Kirstein Interview with Laurie J. Marks and a review of The Steerswoman's Road, the omnibus of the earlier stories that preceded it in July so we can catch up on this story of literary speculative fiction.

Dante's Equation by Jane Kessel (Del Rey /Ballantine/ Random House Trade $ 15.95 08/01/03) Kessel combines the ancient mysteries of religion with the cutting edge of science and global tension and intrigue to provide an edge of the seat thriller about the collision of physics and religion in her new work. A Seattle physicist discovers a wave phenomenon that appears to affect the viability of everything around it. A researcher discovers a name woven into the code of the Torah, the name of a rabbi in a concentration camp who penned a startling manuscript about the equations behind good and evil and then disappeard. International intrigue, science, morality and the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. If you feel uneasy about science and religion, good and evil, you might not want to pick up this page turner…because if you do, you might not be able to put it down.

Golden Gryphon Press: A Better World's in Birth by Howard Waldrop (Golden Gryphon Press Trade $15.95 08/01/03) Reviewer: Victoria McManus (See review) A Better World's In Birth! is a treat for fans of Howard Waldrop despite its hefty price tag, and a wonderful introduction to his work for fans of alternate history or of history in general. The five hundred signed and numbered copies are bound to become collector's items, but that isn't the only reason to seek this one out. A Better World's In Birth! is a deeply interesting ramble through obscure corners and strange connections of history, which is always stranger than fiction; there are subtle echoes of utopian novels like Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward as well. Have your reference material handy, because after you've read it once, you'll want to make sure of what was real and what wasn't. (...from our review...more)

Harper Collins Publishers: Greenwillow Books: Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones (Greenwillow/HarperCollins HCVR $16.99 / PPBK $ 5.99 08/01/03) Book Description: Ayna could predict the future. Cari could find what was lost. Gair thought he was ordinary. The three children of Gest, the chief of Garholt, know the perils of the Moor on which they live. The Dorig, their people's enemies, are cold-blooded, fierce underwater creatures who terrify anyone unlucky enough to happen upon them. The Giants are dangerous and violent. But it's not until their home is invaded that Gair learns of a dying curse that endangers all three peoples of the Moor. A curse that ordinary Gair, with the help of his extraordinary brother and sister, may be able to break, but only at the most dreadful risk to all three, and to the Moor itself.

Penguin Putnam: Ace  - Daw - ROC -  Other Penguin Imprints

Ace: Singularity Sky by Charles M. Stross (Ace Books HCVR $ 24 08/05/03) (See Review) Things are different in the twenty fifth century. Humanity is flung far and wide thanks to an FTL drive and for some, the need to get away from the future perfect at the heart of which is the Eschaton, the AI that has its own ideas about mankind's future. If you liked John Wright's The Golden Age or John Clute's Appleseed or if you get the Vernor Vinge reference in the title without hints, Stross's latest book should be on your reading list.

The Digital Dead by Bruce Balfour (Ace / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 7 08/01/03) (See Review) In this sequel to Forge of Mars, Tau Wolfsinger, half Navaho, half NASA scientist, is back to thwart the plans of the power and money hungry. This time, Tau and his archeologist gal Kate are in the crosshairs of the corporation that's selling eternal (if digital) afterlife. Though this is a trail that's been fairly well worn by authors like Dennis Danvers and Jim Monroe, Balfour packs in plenty of action and some engaging characters along with some new ideas of his own to make it worth your while.

A Dark Way to Glory - Outremer 3 by Chaz Brenchley (Ace / Penguin Putnam PPBK $6.50 08/01/03) Book Description: The Sharai tribes await the coming of the Ghost Walker-long promised deliverer of their people-unaware that he walks among them, and that their enemies have the ability to control him.

Blade Dancer by S. L. Viehl (NAL / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 23 08/01/03) Book Description: "From the critically-acclaimed author of the Stardoc series science fiction novels comes the story of a young woman about to confront the truth of her heritage. Professional shockball player Jory Rask is beloved on all of Terra-but her life may be forfeit once the xenophobic society that despises aliens learns that she is not quite human."

Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian by anis Ian (ed), Mike Resnick (ed) (Daw / Penguin Putnam HCVR $ 24 08/01/03) When Mike Resnick introduced singer Janis Ian to the SF authors whose stories she's loved at the 2001 World Science Fiction Convention, she was delighted to find that they were as fond of her work as he was theirs. This collection carries that relationship further, as she selected authors that had already affected her work and asked them to contribute stories where the reverse comes true. Janis never considered herself an editor of any kind, so Mike Resnick is owed a substantial debt by readers for "nudging" her into bringing this sumptuous collection of stories by the field's top talent to life.

First Rider's Call - Green Rider 2 by Kristen Britain (Daw / Penguin Putnam HCVR $ 24.95 08/01/03) The Green Riders are more than an elite corps. of couriers for the King of Sacoridia, they are the holders of a magic that stretches back a thousand years to the first rider. Karigan G'Ladheon, whom we met in Green Rider (Nov. 1998) must reach back through time to find that strength for King and Country…and the Green Riders.

Sword and Sorceress XX by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Ed) (Daw / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.95 08/01/03) Marion Zimmer Bradley, talented as both a fantasy author and and editor, died in 1999, but her legacy lives on in the 20th edition of Sword and Sorceress, the latest of her anthology series in which she published the first stories of women. Ok, I'm a little confused about how she did that, and why Ann Sharp and Elizabeth Waters, who worked with her, wrote the introductions and will be continuing the tradition in S&S XXI didn't get their names on the cover. The theme for this volume, by the way, is finding your true self on the path of life.

The Scoundrel Worlds by Chris Bunch (NAL / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03)
The freewheeling Star Risk Ltd. security team will peacekeep, troubleshoot and generally take on the bad guys on the high frontier…but they don't come cheap. They don't clean up after themselves either. Fast paced fun, its not serious but it is exciting.

Roc: Death Masks - Book Five of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Roc / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03) In the fifth book of the Dreseden Files, Wizard/Investigator Harry Dresden is hired to find the stolen shroud of Turin. Harry is Chicago's only practicing wizard, though he spends a lot of time keeping his magic damped, as it does not get along well with technology. Fun and engaging.

Other Penguin Imprints:

Firebringer Trilogy V1 - Birth of the Firebringer, Firebringer Trilogy V2 - Dark Moon, Firebringer Trilogy V3 - The Son of Summer Stars by Meredith Ann Pierce (Firebird Fantasy / Penguin Putnam PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03) Originally published between 1985-96, Firebird is bringing the entire Firebringer Trilogy back. The three books follow Aljan, prince of the Unicorns from the end of his childhood, waiting to be tested as a warrior to his father's death and the burdens he must face.

A Stir of Bones by Nina Hoffman (Viking / Penguin Putnam Trade 08/01/03) Reviewer: Daniel Dern Issue: 0803 (See Review) In this "standalone prequel" to A Red Heart of Dreaming and Past the Size of Dreaming, fantasist Nina Hoffman brings us an engaging story of friends and hauntings, where a haunted house can provide refuge from a world where the living can be more scary than the dead. Daniel also reviewed her previous, A Fistful of Sky (See his Jan 01 Review).

Simon&Schuster: Pocket Books -  The Black Library (Warhammer/40k)

The Black Library: Crusade for Armageddon by Jonathon Green (Simon & Schuster PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03) On the way home from the war, well, there's always a war, the Space Marines of the Black Templars find their home planet besieged by orcs. More mayhem ensues as they take the battle to Armageddon, "a sulpherous world synonymous with war…"

Daemonslayer by William King (The Black Library / Simon and Schuster PPBK $ 6.95 08/01/03)  Dragonslayer by William King (The Black Library / Simon and Schuster PPBK $ 6.95 08/01/03) These back to back Felix and Gotrek adventures take them North in a Dwarf airship in search of the long lost hall of Karag Dum in the Realms of Chaos.

 Way of the Dead by Marc Gascoigne (Editor), Christian Dunn (Editor), Mare Gascoigne (Editor) (The Black Library / Simon and Schuster PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03) If you wanted to get a jump start on the "dark and gothic" Warhammer world, full of the forces of Chaos to the North and undead armies to the South, this collection of short stories might just be the ticket. Personally, I find it depressing that all these folks seem to have to look forward to is surviving until some distant future when the Warhammer 40k series picks up.

Pocket Books: Imaginings: An Anthology of Long Short Fiction by Keith R.A. DeCandio (ed) (Pocket Books Trade $14 08/01/03) Reviewer: Ernest Lilley Issue: 0309 Ten not too short stories from ten not to be missed authors. That's what the irrepressible Keith R.A. DeCandido has brought together in Imaginings. His aim was to put together a collection of original novelettes (silly word) in the tradition of the "old fashioned anthology" where the unifying theme was good fiction, rather than some trumped up thesis. With Imaginings (and we won't be surpriesed to find an Imaginings 2 after the word gets out) he has succeeded admirably. Stories like Harry Turtledove's "Next Year in Jerusalem", Craig Gardner's "A Planet Called Elvis" and Sarah Zettel's "Insider" give this collection the kind of presence that you hope to find in Gardner Dozois's annual roundup, but here it is, hot off the presses. .

St. Martins Press: Tom Doherty - Forge - Griffin - ORB - Tor

Griffin:  The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror by Ellen Datlow (ed) and Terri Windling (ed) (Griffin HCVR $ 20 08/01/03) Reviewer: Laurie J. Marks (See review) Datlow and Windling are one of those editorial teams that keep coming up with compelling , not to be missed collections. For the 16th annual F&H collection they've gathered authors James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Elizabeth Hand, Gene Wolfe and many others for a treat for all who delight in the fantastic.

Orb:  Stories of Your Life and others by Ted Chiang (Orb Trade $ 14.95 08/01/03) It's not often that a brilliant SF short story author comes along and isn't snapped up by publishers to write novels, but Ted Chiang has managed a metoric rise in the genre without abandoning the short form. Swanwick says that his stories are "almost pointlessly brilliant" and Sharon (SFRevu Managing Editor) says that they're at least that good.

Tor:  The Pixel Eye by Paul Levinson (Tor HCVR $ 24.95 08/01/03)
Reviewer: Edward Carmien (See review) Phil D'Amoto, the forensic detective hero of the Silk Code, The Consciousness Plague and The Chronology Protection Case is back keeping NYC safe from the unique dangers dreamed up by Paul Levinson. Phil's been assigned to some bizarre cases before, tracking a virus that wipes out memory, or knowledge that the universe itself will kill to suppress, but this time he's on a case that's more than a little squirrelly, in fact he's got to find out who's implanting the tree climbing rodents of Central Park with sophisticated surveillance gadgets, and what's behind it? Levinson's ability to look fifteen minutes into the future has never been better, and I'm glad that he and Phil D'Amato are on the case.

The Lord of Castle Black - Book Two of the Viscount of Adrilankha by Steven Brust (Tor HCVR $ 27.95 08/01/03) Reviewer: Edward Carmien (See review) The present volume continues (unabated) both the story and tribute to swashbuckling romances of yore begun in The Paths Of The Dead . Our reviewer recommends that you start at the beginning, or at least read his review before diving into this colorful tale of Empire, orb, revenge and usurpury.

Hybrids by Robert Sawyer (Tor HCVR $ 0 08/01/03)
Reviewer: Asta Sinusas (See review) While waiting for our review to come in, I came across -- Robert Charles Wilson's comment on the Human/Neaderthal saga Rob should finish up in Hybrids, and it struck me as dead on: "Sawyer has carried the banner of Asimovian science-fiction into the twenty-first century. Hominids is based in cutting-edge contemporary science--paleoanthropology, quantum computing, neutrino astronomy, among others--and furnished at the same time with touching human (and parahuman) stories. Precise, detailed, and accomplished. The next volume is eagerly anticipated."

Harry Keogh - Necroscope and Other Heroes by Brian Lumley (Tor HCVR $ 25.95 07/22/03) Lumley is a master of Lovecraftian horror, and this volume collects eight tales of his odd heroes: Titus Crow, psychic detective, David Hero and his companion Eldin, once mortals and now agents of the King of the Dreamlands, and of course, Harry Keogh, a vampire killer who can talk to the dead. Keogh's stories are all new, while the others have only been published in the UK.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines by Davied Hagberg (Tor HCVR $24.95 08/01/03) How good can a movie novelization be? The truth is, when there's this much money tied up in the whole project, and you hire a writer with real talent, like David Hagberg, it can be very good indeed; everything the movie is, and a bit more, thanks to the depth and internal dialog that comes with the written form. I found the novel gripping and satisfying, a summer read worth staking out a pool chair for.

Argonaut by Stanley Schmidt (Tor Trade $ 15.95 08/11/03) Analog Editor Stan Schmidt’s first book in 16 years is good solid SF, but not inspired. out last year in Hardcover, here it isn in paperback. Basically it’s 1950s (or earlier) Aliens-in-orbit-deliver-ultimatums-to-humanity story, set in a near future in the NYC/Hudson Valley area, at least at the start. Schmidt has added cell phones, the internet and nanotechnology (mostly the alien's) as well as changed (arguably) the mix of characters. (See Aug '02 Review)

Warner/Aspect: A Forest of Stars - Saga of Seven Suns - Book 2 by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Aspect HCVR $ 24.95 08/01/03) Space Opera seems to have taken hold in a big way, and who better than Kevin Anderson, author of Star Wars and X-Files novels to combine the adventure of cinematic SF with the high concept of authors like Clarke and Asimov. In the second of his Saga of Seven Suns stories, humanity has learned how to ignite gas giants for their energy resources, but it turns out that in doing so, they were killing off the creatures that lived within them and earning galactic enmity. The aliens we're friends with aren't our friends, doing classic alien abduction/experiments on the side, though sentient forests may turn out to be a greater threat in the long run. 

The Mocking Program by Alan Dean Foster (Aspect PPBK $ 6.99 08/01/03)
Originally published in hardcover in August 2002, The Mocking Program is a cyberpunk police story…a setting Foster hasn't done a lot in up till now. Inspector Cardenas is a hard boiled detective and The Mocking Program takes place in the industrial sprawl that grew up from the US/Mexico border. It begins when a corpse is found with its organs removed, except for the heart ("Not much of a demand for hearts these days. Not with good, cheap artificial models flooding the market") and winds up South of the border on a crime lords turf. This could be the start of an engaging series.

Received from Other Publishers (We try to at least list all the books we receive, though small press often does not arrive in its month of publication.)

Erotic Fantastic by Cecilia Tan (Circlet Press Trade $ 19.95 08/29/03)
Circlet Press, SF and Fantasy's thoughtful publisher of the erotic and the extraordinary, celebrates it's tenth anniversary with a collection of stories about fantastic sex, naturally. Themes range from the new frontiers of cybersex to twists on traditional fairy tales where the proponents come happily ever after. Cecilia, both publisher and editor, has picked her favorite short pieces for this collection, and beyond the attractions of the subject matter, the quality of the writing is quite good as well.

Nymph by Francesca Lia Block (Circlet Press PPBK $ 9.95 08/29/03) Originally out in hardcover in August 2000, Nymph is a collection of "folkloric" tales of eros tuned for modernity, and told with an LA accent. Surfers, mermaids, old cadilacs, young women, lots and lot of sex…and the endless search for love. As one reviewer said, "I think It's a book to give someone who's bones you want to jump."

Treekeepers by Susan Britton (Dutton Books HCVR $16.99 06/01/03) When a child succumbs to a fever that the village doctor can't cure, Bird, a young orphan girl, seeks out a Wenish healer to help. She returns with both the healer and his friend Ally, a chimera, a man with the head of a lion, the tale of a snake, and the heart of a hero, and soon finds herself on a dangerous journey with both to find her home and her heritage, to replant a magical tree.

A Voice in Every Wind by Don Sakers (Speed-of-C Productions Trade $ 7.5 08/01/03) In a new novel about alien culture that echoes LeGuin, Don Sakers explores a world where scent and taste are as important as vision and hearing in two novelettes connected over a span of 60 years.

Canadian Publishers

Dragon's Fire, Wizard's Flame by Michael R. Mennenga (Dragon Moon Press (Can) Trade $ 10.95 08/01/03) As I recall, kids like dragons. After all, they're basically T-Rex with fire and wings. This volume combines the two halves of the title in one place, comprising the first book of the Valley of Dragons story about Zac, a young dragon who leaves his village when he gets fed up with the taunts of others for his failing…he can't get the knack of flaming. Worth consideration for schools with a set of questions and points for consideration and discussion at the end.

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