If you've followed my reviews, you'll know I'm always up for a good dragon book!
And we loved the dragon in this story. Anya, who's Jewish, and a fool's son, Ivan, inadvertently uncover a dragon swimming in the river. Now, the ruler has decreed the people are not to use magic, and magic creatures are being hunted, both by the ruler's fools and a northern warrior, Sigurd, who's just terrifying.
When they meet this little dragon, they learn he's not just a creature, he can talk and he's about their age and absolutely desperate to play! The local blacksmith's been raising and hiding him, all these years.
But playing outside is not exactly the smartest thing to do when you're being hunted, and as a reader you know where this tale's headed, and fast.
I won't spoil how Anya saves him, and defeats the big bad warrior, and convinces the fool's family not to hunt the little guy, and saves her family's farm from a prejudiced town administrator, but in the end, it all works out.
A quick, fun holiday read!