I just read a wonderful story about a dragon and a girl who bring truth and freedom to the people of Breckenwood. The Eye of Lariloth is Book I of The Breckenwood Chronicles written by Grace Egert, an elementary school student in Texas, and her grandmother, author DiAnn Mills.
Arroah is a twelve-year-old girl chosen by God—her people call Him Eldar— before birth to be the warrior who would deliver her people from a wicked tyrant. The sign of her destiny is a golden sword birthmark on her left wrist. The Ancient Writings have foretold that a child with a golden sword will someday deliver the kingdom from the selfish tyrant.
Arroah is small, wiry, with an independent spirit and a sense of the injustice and indignity she sees in the living conditions of her people. The king and his fathers before him have managed to brainwash the poor into believing the king needs their taxes to pay his soldiers to protect them. No one will speak against the king for fear of being charged with treason and sent to the Land of the Dragons from which no one returns.
One day when Arroah’s parents are away, she feels compelled to go once more to the cliffs, a dangerous place her parents have forbidden her to go, and on this day she meets her dragon. It happens like this. Trying to escape dreadful animals called looms, she climbs to the top of a tree. The limb breaks and sends her falling down a steep cliff by the sea. Bruised and unconscious, she awakens to find she cannot get up.
Eldar must have planned all this because at this same spot a special dragon’s egg is being hatched. The dragon appears and brings her water and a special fruit with healing powers. Arroah names the dragon Lariloth because it means compassionate.
Lariloth is wise and teaches Arroah much, but peppered throughout the book her Papa’s wise words help guide her through her difficulties: “Papa says big steps are completed by taking small ones, and he is always right.”
Arroah pretends to be a boy and manages to be enrolled in Warrior’s School where she works hard to master the skills necessary to be successful in her quest.
This book is a page turner. The authors create a believable world. The principle characters, Arroah and two brothers, Porter and Richmon, develop mature character traits worthy of true warriors and friends. Together they and Lariloth deliver the kingdom and set a captive princess free, a real surprise here as her identity is revealed. The carefully devised plot paces the action to provide tension and release at just the right places.
I look forward to Book II of this series.
One thing, though, disappointed me. The authors would do well to use a proof reader. I found many grammatical mistakes that didn’t really get in the way of the action, but they did make me groan. They will not, however, keep readers from enjoying the wonderful tale and looking forward to the next book.