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The Dragon of Never-Was by Ann Downer

The Dragon of Never-Was

by Ann Downer

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Following a fast-paced prologue set in a British wizard academy, the scene shifts to modern-day Boston, where 12-year-old Theodora discovers that she is to accompany her father to Scotland, where he will examine a large, mysterious scale from an unknown creature. Based on her previous experience in Hatching Magic (2003), Theodora suspects a dragon.

I was really unimpressed with this book: The explanations of the settings and characters are overdone and confusing, and it feels like an assault of an unnecessarily complicated story line. I couldn't really get into the rhythm of the book, and wouldn't consider the rest of the series in the future. ( )
  ashlynprill | Nov 29, 2010 |
the sequel of haching magic about a young girl that has discovered her magical talent and two people who are desperate to save her ( )
  Nini345 | Jan 19, 2008 |
With the help of a bottle of blue fire and a magical brooch, Theodora searches for a dragon on an island off the coast of Scotland before it causes any harm. See also the first book in the series: Hatching Magic (which is a better book).
  prkcs | Feb 20, 2007 |
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Prologue: Ellic Lailoken was playing hooky.
Chapter I: The wyvern was dreaming.
All around the cottage in every direction stretched a landscape of silent gold-green moor probed here and there by fingers of silver-blue loch. (p. 93)
But Theodora discovered she was good at this kind of dancing. It was like geometry: It had a pattern. And there was no way to look cool doing it, so you didn't have to worry about that. Theodora disappeared into the pattern gratefully, letting the music flow through her, letting her mind go blank. While she was dancing, it didn't seem to matter which Theodora she was, the old one or the new one. While she was dancing, she was the music. (p. 202-3)
Hamish McRae was the oldest person Theodora had ever seen. He was wrinkled and burned brown by the sun. His pale eyes were startling in his deeply tanned face, and what hair he had left clung to his skull like lichen on a rock. (p. 210)
At first she had a hard time making out his Scots accent, but after a while, as the dinnaes and summats washed over her, she stopped trying to make sense of each word. As Theodora listened to the music of his speech, not trying to understand it, the meaning came floating up from the middle of it, like a thread of harmony. (p. 211)
From the West you shall come/By the Light and Dark shall you be tested/By Water, and you shall not be Drowned/By Earth, and you shall not be Buried/By Fire, and yet you shall not Perish/I am but a mage of little magic/Yet I listen, and I believe/In the end of everything/Shall be the beginning of thereafter. --The Book of the New Adept (p. 9)
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Ever since she was caught up in a magical whirlwind of dragons, spells, and wizards, Theodora Oglethorpe has been doing her best to put the Events of Last Summer behind her and go back to her life as a normal twelve-year-old girl. But no matter how hard she tries to forget about magic, it always seems to find her -- even when she's on vacation! When Theodora's biologist-dad is called to the Scottish island of Scornsay to study a scale believed to be from a previously unknown species, Theodora is thrilled to be invited along. A nice vacation is just what she needs to forget all about wyverns, demons, and magical tunnels through time.

But as soon as Theodora sees the scale, she knows it's not from a fish, a reptile, or anything known to science. It's from a dragon, and as Theodora knows all too well, wherever there are dragons, there are wizards, and then there's sure to be trouble. Before she can solve the mystery of the dragon's scale, Theodora will have to confront her own magical heritage and make a perilous journey to the wizard's limbo known as Never-Was.

The Dragon of Never-Was, the sequel to Hatching Magic, is just as funny, witty, and richly imagined as its predecessor. Filled with eccentric characters, crafty dragons, dazzling spells, good friends, and a feisty heroine that readers will root for, this is a middle-grade fantasy to be savored.

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With the help of a bottle of blue fire and a magical brooch, Theodora searches for a dragon on an island off the coast of Scotland before it causes any harm.

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