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Patrick Ness is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve read all but one of his books. And one of my favorite things about him is that he doesn’t fit into any one genre. He writes dystopian, realistic, fantasy, sci-fi, on and on. My first introduction was the Chaos Walking dystopian trilogy, which is just fantastic. A Monster Calls is a gorgeous and heartbreaking fantasy. Release is realistic and important for LGBTQ kids. More Than This is a profound take at the afterlife. And The Ocean Was Our Sky is probably his most creative because it’s a retelling of Moby Dick from the whale’s perspective. Topics About Which I Know Nothing is a fun short story collection. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a great cross between realistic and fantasy. And The Crane Wife is really just a sweet story about a man who loves his wife.

So, anytime one of his books is released, I never read the synopsis because I like the surprise of what in the world the book could be about. Thankfully, my library agrees and keeps buying his books for me to read.

From Goodreads: Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself. 

This book was a lot of fun. Imagining a world with dragons is pretty crazy, but dragons that talk are too interesting to pass up reading about. I enjoyed the direction this book took, as well. Because it’s Patrick Ness, of course I recommend it. But even if he weren’t my favorite, this is a great YA book.