Set ten years after fearless dragon-rider Milla took to the skies in her own unforgettable adventure in Dragon Daughter, this sparking sequel tells the thrilling story of Milla's 12-year-old cousin, Jowan, who dreams of nothing more than bonding with a dragon of his own.
When Jowan attends his first Hatching Ceremony he hopes that it will be his day to shine, but when the unexpected strikes and the island of Arcosi is faced with new threats, Jowan's world suddenly turns into a darker and more dangerous place.
Ashamed and alone, Jowan goes on the run, but it's not long before a new friend and an astonishing discovery deep within the caves below the island, lead Jowan on a epic adventure and one step closer to what he's always wanted. But danger lurks in the shadows of a waking volcano, and Jowan must act fast and brave the impossible before it's too late!
Harry Potter meets Eragon in Liz Flangan's mesmerising fantasy saga of bravery, redemption and breathtaking dragons! Vividly atmospheric and rich in detail, Flanagan's storytelling and world building is remarkable. A cast of fearless dragon-riders, majestic beasts and shadow dragons soar across the page, leaving a smoky chill of excitement and frenzied page turning in its path.
It was such a joy to be reunited with Milla, now older and wiser, and like Milla, Jowan is a brilliantly bold character but he isn't one without flaws. At times angry and hot-headed, Jowan is imperfectly human and that's what I loved about him - he works through his pain and confusion and rises to become a great and just hero.
Despite the return of Milla, you don't have to have read Dragon Daughter to read Rise of the Shadow Dragons beforehand, it reads perfectly well as both a standalone novel or an exciting sequel. (Still, I'd recommend reading Dragon Daughter because it is extraordinary!)
Utterly captivating and rooted in passion and imagination, I really hope this isn't the last time we visit the island of Arcosi.