O’Hearn, Kate Kira (Shadow of the Dragon book 1), 306 p. Kane Miller, 2009. Violence: PG. When the King declares war on the neighboring countries, Kira, 12, and her sisters are outlaws just because they are unmarried. Her father, mother and brother are taken to the castle – her father as the best dragon knight trainer in history and her brother to take up the danger of being a dragon knight. Only Kira and one of her sisters escapes – and thus gain the wrath of the king. More than his ire awaits the girls however, as the take refuge right under the nose of an untamable, rogue dragon. This doesn’t stop Kira and her sister from saving and loving one of the Rogue’s own offspring. This is a fine tale of high fantasy – the only shame is that everyone will now have to wait for the next books in the series – and waiting is VERY hard to do when the book catches you imagination and heart like this one does! EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.