________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 38 . . . . June 4, 2010


Draco’s Child.

Sharon Plumb.
Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 2010.
269 pp., pbk., $14.95.
ISBN 978-1-897235-70-6.

Grades 7-12 / Ages 12-17.

Review by Ronald Hore.

** /4


Something creaked above her. There couldn't be any animals tracking her, she reminded herself; there weren't any here, unless you counted insects and worms. And the plants, no matter how malevolent, couldn't travel. As long as she kept moving, she should be safe. She stumbled ahead, tripped over a root, dodged a cluster of grasping leaves, and bumped her head under a low branch. This was enough.

Varia lunged forward. If she could only get hold of Sidran's shoulders and turn him around, make him look straight into her eyes, he might wake up from his trance. True, they didn't like each other much, but they had grown up together on the ship, and now that the other lander was missing they were the only two people of their age in the settlement. He couldn't just leave her alone here.

Something grabbed her hair. - -


A group of humans have fled a polluted Earth in search of a new home and landed on Kettle, a planet a very long way from home. Half of their group is missing, their crops are failing, and the local flora is hostile. The heroine of this tale is Varia, a young girl, who discovers a dragon's egg and is faced with the choice of what to do with it. This choice is made more difficulty by the arrival of the star-child, an alien life force who offers to assist the colonists, but who also opposes Varia’s raising a dragon. What follows is the growing strangeness of those who follow the star-child, and Varia's difficulties in keeping a rapidly-growing dragon hidden from both her fellow colonists and the star alien. Added to this mix are the answers to a number of questions: what will the dragon become as it grows, how will it be greeted by her family, and does the full-grown dragon have its own motives? To complicate matters further, Varia begins to change too.

     The story describes a hostile, un-earthly planet and a young woman faced with several increasingly difficult choices. It is a coming-of-age tale that takes a look at the results of her choices.

     A well-written, sometimes confusing story that requires the reader to pay attention, Draco’s Child should appeal to lovers of speculative fiction. Draco's Child takes a look at how our choices can affect more than just ourselves, but everything around us.


Ronald Hore, involved with writer's groups for several years, retired from the business world in Winnipeg, MB.

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