“Dragon Spear (Dragon Slippers #3)” by Jessica Day George
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
As far as Creel is concerned, all is finally right with the world. The dragon king, Shardas, and his queen, Velika, have made a home for themselves on the Far Islands, and for the first time in centuries it seems dragons and humans might be able to live together in peace. So what better time for Creel and Luka to plan their wedding. But then Velika gets kidnapped by a band of rogue dragons in need of their own queen. And Creel and Luka leap to aid Shardas and rescue her—only to discover that Luka’s father has set his sights on taking back the Far Islands from the dragons. Torn between her love for Prince Luka and her friendship with Shardas and Velika, Creel must make the most difficult decision of her life if she stands any chance of getting to the church on time.
Jessica Day George’s books make me so happy. To me they’re like a hug in book form. I haven’t read the Dragon Slippers books in over a year but I stepped into this book without many problems. Sure, some of the finer details about what happened in the previous books might have escaped me but I remembered enough to fall into step quickly.
The book did a great job of wrapping up loose ends and still telling a new story. The new story was fairly interesting. We learned a bit more about dragon history. Turns out there are many more dragons than we knew about. There was lots of interesting drama about about the idea of the dragons not agreeing who the true queen was. There was even more drama about the way some dragons interact with people.
The loose ends being wrapped up were: Dragons having babies, Creel getting married, the King and Creel are unsure about becoming related, Creel’s aunt and cousins are still a handful, and Creel’s brother meeting the Dragons. All of that was a nice way to revisit our friends and say goodbye.
I loved that these books embraced “girl power” without being in your face about it. Dragons are a matriarchal society. From what I could see, everyone accepted it. Then there’s Creel. She’s going to marry a prince and yet here she is with a dragon family and wearing pants. She still enjoys being a dressmaker. Basically, she’s not just one thing. She’s a fully realized person.
The bottom line? Great ending to a lovely series.