An exemplary middle-grade fantasy trilogy concludes with a blast…The pacing races smoothly through increasingly dire events, right up to a suitably thrilling climax, into a denouement that, if not unrealistically blissful, exactly suits their personalities and desires. A solid, satisfying genre performance.
Begun in 2009 with The Dragon of Trelian, this excellent fantasy trilogy finally receives a worthy ending…Humorous moments lighten the overall tone, and despite dark, scary situations, this is a reassuring read in which the characters survive trauma and find their true purpose with love and support.
In this Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones mash-up, middle school students will enjoy reading about the magical spells and brutality inflicted on Calen and other mages while being held captive. Alternating chapters feature Meg as she matures and begins to speak up for herself as she and her dragon, Jakl, become key players in her kingdom’s army. Meg learns that moving forward is often for the best and a necessary part of growing up. The story could stand on its own, although it did make me want to search out the first two books to discover how Calen ended up in Krelig’s hands, what he’d done to betray Meg, and how Meg acquired her dragon.
—School Library Connection