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Two girls find a dragon like no other—and their lives will never be the same
In an alternate Old West, Isabella and Alijandra live exiled with their parents in the high desert. Years before, the girls’ father caught, tamed, and trained dragons for the Emperor’s armies, but now he is an outlaw, blamed for the deaths of thousands.
Finding a small dragon gravely injured after a fight, the girls take her home and begin tending her back to health. Alijandra calls the dragon “Pearl,” after her round white eyes. As time goes on and Pearl begins to heal, the family learns more about her and the strange and terrifying abilities she possesses.
But time is running out for them, their family, and for Pearl herself. Soon, they will be forced to contend with the native people on whose lands they live. With the ambitious governor whose soldiers hunt the girls’ father. With a man who has no name but wields immense, eerie powers. With Pearl’s yearning to fulfill the journey that accidentally brought her to the girls. And with their own dreams and wishes for a life they once lived—and might live again.
“A fantastic introduction to the world of fantasy…” –A Book and a Review
“Kilgore has taken great pains to develop the main characters within the family and all of them are well-rounded with distinct personalities…. The author has created strong female role models.” –Sun Mountain Reviews
“This is young fantasy at its best.” –Tome Tender
This novel was originally published in two volumes as Dragontamer’s Daughters, Part 1: Pearl; and Dragontamer’s Daughters, Part 2: Stormcaller
When our world ends, their struggle begins
Buddy–a German Shepherd–and Sally–a Beagle/Basset Hound mix–are the beloved pets of Rob and Gennifer Bennett and their young daughter, Audrey. Their home is Kent Island, Maryland: a beautiful, peaceful place, good for raising a family, good for having dogs.
When unearthly beings strike without warning or mercy against humankind, Buddy and Sally lose the ones they love and the lives they knew. Now they must band with other “lost dogs” to find food, water, shelter–and answers–without their owners.
But survival is not enough for Buddy: he he holds out hope that Rob, Genn, and Audrey live. And that he can find them before inhuman forces ensure that man is never again Earth’s master.
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Picking flowers. Finding cool rocks. Listening to frogs and crickets. Watching birds and squirrels.
Beauty. Freedom. Joy. All just past the fence.
Exploring. Taking chances. Making believe. Having a secret place all your own.
This is what play was for us. This is what play can be for them.
Come to Our Wild Place.