This is a new-telling of an old concept, a dragon-shifting human who's unaware of his abilities.
Rafi doesn't know he's a dragon in a human boy's body, but he can reach into his father's blacksmith forge with bare hands and not burn himself, and he enjoys climbing up to the previous dragon's lair, where he hoarded blue and white china teacups, and leaning precariously over the edge.
When Rafi's accused of being dragon-touched by the evil Mister Flitch, he sets off to find real dragons and befriends a girl, Maud, who also loves and wants to study the beasts.
But dragons have no place in Mister Flitch's world, of coal-fired machines and mines and automobiles. Rafi and Maud discover it's Mister Flitch's henchmen who are flushing dragons out of their lairs and in all probability taking their sparks...but what is he doing with the sparks?
No spoilers! Enjoy the read.
There are two worlds, connected but separate in this book: the world as we know it, mundane, boring, free of magical creatures such as dragons. And the other world, where Raptor dragons hunt down people and slaughter them. They chose to ally with a few human riders who are almost as bad as the Raptors. When a silver egg is stolen and lost in a sheep pasture and it hatches and "locks" with Joss, D'Mara will stop at nothing to break their lock so she can use Lysander for her own our-world domination plans. Because when Joss and Lysander finally get to fly together, they open a portal to our world and.... read on for the rest. It's a super fun, quick read.
This book was given to my daughter by a friend at school. There are Christian allegories throughout, reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia, but it is also possible to read it just as a work of fantasy.
Kale is freed from her bondage as a slave when she finds a dragon egg. Her village sends her away to a life of service in the Hall, but on the way she finds seven more eggs. She's rescued by dragon riders, and given a quest to find yet another: a very powerful, very important Meech dragon egg before an evil wizard does.