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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari

The Last Dragon
When the small elf leaves the safety of his Grandmothers home, in the rainest season yet, he chances to meet up with a woman and a dog. The encounter leaves the elf somewhat breathless as he expects the woman to eat him, of course unless the dog eats him first. Just as he is wishing his cold, wet, miserable life to end, he is caught by the dog. The woman clearly does not like elves, while the elf did not know how to communicate with her. He figured it was better to say as little as possible so as not to make her angry at him. She in turn expects him to have powers as all elves do, but because he was "one newly born" his powers are not known to him. As his grandmother had explained, humans would eat and elf especially if they were not behaving. He was terrified to be eaten by the human. Then the unexpected happened the woman took out her knife and instead of eating him she cut her dinner in half and gave it to him.

So began the travels of Sajra and Yorshkrunsquarkljolnerstrink. It was decided that having nowhere else to go that he would accompany her to the country region of Daligar. It would not be an easy journey. Soon Sajra discovered that they were being followed by something or someone. While she searched for a way to to lose the hunter, he followed her back to her camp offering to share his rabbit for dinner. This produced a bad reaction, as Yorsh began screeching and crying at the top of his lungs. He reached out a finger touched the rabbit and somehow breathed life back into it. The rabbit got to run free, thus ending all prospects of rabbit stew for dinner.

When morning came it was agreed that they would not go into the city of Daligar. The residents of Daligar did not accept anyone who they did not know, to come into their city with its rules and regulations. As they made their way across country they had the unfortunate experience of being discovered by the halberdiers, enforcers of the powerful Judge of Daligar. Because they are afraid what might happen to the young elf the hunter and Sajra try to pass the elf off as their child. It is here in the city of Daligar that Yorsh discovers the prophecy..."When the last dragon and the last elf break the circle, the past and the future will meet, and the sun of a new summer will shine in the sky"... But what does it mean, who will save them so that the prophecy is fulfilled? You must read the book to find out if Yorsh is up to the challenge of becoming the keeper of the last dragon!


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