by Anne Downer
The Middle Ages collide with the present day in this exciting, funny, touching story by the author of The Spellkey
and The Glass
Wycca is a wyvern a roughly cat-like breed of dragon with a talent for hunting down magical vermin (such as rogue spells, demons, and
forbidden grimoires). Her master is the kings sorcerer, Gideon. He knows very well that if Wycca falls into the hands of his rival (and
stepbrother) named Kobold, she can be turned against him with a terrible vengeance. So, Gideon is rightly concerned when Wycca disappears
down a bolt-hole into 21st-century Boston, in search of a safe, private place to lay her egg.
Gideon follows Wycca through the bolt-hole, but then so do Kobold and his demon familiar, Febrys. Emerging into a world where wizardry is
not extinct but wyverns are Gideon soon has the help of a fussy old bachelor who happens to be the Wizard of Harvard Square, Iain Merlin
OShea. They embark on a race against time or rather, against Kobold to magically fetch Wycca and her hatchling from wherever they may
But both parties are beset by problems. Problems like a fetching spell that accidentally fetches a real, live, Chinese dragon, in blatant
defiance of the no pets policy in Merlins apartment building. Problems like a demon who is fascinated by her recent discovery of the
concept of love. And above all, the unknown factor in all their equations a nearly-twelve-year-old girl named Dodo whose obsession with
the world of fantasy draws her unwittingly into a wyverns nest, a wizard duel, and a desperate race to save a newborn wyverns life.
It all comes together in an adventure laced with magic, chocolate, family drama, wicked humor, and a tiny bit of romance. I read it during a
holiday visit with my parents, and they kept giving me funny looks as I laughed aloud and squirmed with pleasure. Occult content advisory
aside, this story delivers a solid battle between good and evil, a gentle lesson in redemption and forgiveness, and a totally absorbing
fantasy of magical men and beasts, plus a dangling mystery that bodes of further adventures to come.
Recommended Age: 12+
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