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The humans are coming and they
will flood the home of Firedrake and the other silver dragons. There
is no alternative but to try to find the mystical land of the Rim of Heaven.
Legend has it that is where the dragons came from originally and that it
is still home to other silver dragons. Firedrake knows that it is
a dangerous journey but he also knows that the humans can't find out about
the dragons. Joined by Sorrel, a bad-tempered brownie and a homeless
human they find along the way, Firedrake must not only avoid humans on
his search for the Rim of Heaven but must also stay out of the clutches
of Nettlebrand, the golden dragon who has vowed to hunt down and kill all
the silver dragons. Get ready for a great adventure in this fantasy
The rat brought the bad news
despite the harassment of the bad-tempered brownie Sorrel. And she only
told Firedrake, the only one she could count on to believe her.
"They're coming!" she shouted.
"Human's are coming--coming here!"
So, Firedrake called a meeting
of all the dragons outside Slatebeard's cave. Slatebeard, the oldest dragon
in the valley, was one of the few who listened seriously to the rat. The
humans were going to flood the valley she told them. But, the dragons just
couldn't believe her. After all, they hadn't lived among the humans like
rats did. They didn't understand what humans were capable of. Besides,
where could they go? They had moved enough to get away from humans. Time
"Go back to the Rim of Heaven,"
said Slatebeard, where the mountains are so tall that they touch the sky.
The Rim of Heaven where the dragons originally came from.”
But, it had been so long, that
no one believed Slatebeard, they thought he was just dreaming. Except for
Firedrake. And so, Firedrake set off alone that very night accompanied
only by the grumpy Sorrel in search of the legendary home of the dragons,
somewhere on the other side of the world. All he had to guide him was Slatebeard's
remembrances and the help of a city rat (related to the rat that brought
the bad news.
In the city, he would befriend
an orphan human who would join the quest. A quest that would reveal a prophecy
of the coming of the Dragon Rider who just might save the dragons from
Nettlebrand, the enormous, seemingly indestructible and ageless Golden
One. The one who had driven the dragons into hiding and banished them from
the Rim of Heaven. Twigleg, the only remaining servant of the Golden One,
a construct who served his master out of fear, would also join them. A
double agent whose choice would help swing the tide in the final confrontation.
Spruce Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2007-2008)