Ember: Emerald Trilogy: Book 1 (Paperback)
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From the time he was named the Dragon Rider, Peace had known he would someday become King of Highland. From the time of his hatching, Ember, his dragon, had known he would someday reign with his master. Now the pair will face their final test before they can ascend to the throne.
For centuries, the great Kingdom of Highland has governed the land of Tarenthia with legendary wisdom and fairness. Now, according to tradition, Peace and Ember must follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, take up the mantle of a Dragon Rider pair, and roam among the peoples they will someday rule. For ten years they will act as peacekeepers and mediators to better understand their subjects and learn all of the duties that will come with being King.
But unlike in the days of their forefathers, a new and terrible foe has been plotting the destruction of Highland. Without warning, Peace and Ember soon find themselves pitted against a hidden enemy whose cunning and ruthlessness run far deeper than they could imagine. Caught up in a web of schemes and treacheries designed to tear them apart, will the pair be able to pull through and save their homeland? Or will the legacy of the Dragon Rider die with them?
This delightful family read aloud skillfully weaves empathy, compassion and family into a beautifully realized story – universal and timeless – I dare say a new classic, in the mold of Charlotte’s Web (without the talking animals). Ten-year old Louie is trying his best to save a mini-donkey, he named Winston, who was born prematurely and whose mother died giving birth. Louie’s track record is not so good at keeping animals in his care alive, but he has faith in Winslow and gives him everything he has – most especially his love. Louie is sure Winslow will survive, and uses his plight as connection to his older brother Gus’ absence serving in the army. Strong, fully developed characters come to life in Creech’s vividly, and deceptively short novel which will stay with you long after the satisfying last page. - Maureen