Listen! For the song of Owen Thorskard has a second verse.
Every dragon slayer owes the Oil Watch a period of service, and young Owen was no exception. What made him different was that he did not enlist alone. His two closest friends stood with him shoulder to shoulder. Steeled by success and hope, the three were confident in their plan. And though Siobhan McQuaid was the first bard in a generation, she managed to forge a role for herself and herald Owen as a new kind of dragon slayer for a new kind of future.
But the arc of history is long and hardened by dragon fire. Try as they might, Owen and his friends could not twist it to their will. Not all the way. Not all together.
Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I know the cost of even a small bend in the course of history. Listen!
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Genre||Fiction, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Lab ®|
|Number of Pages||304|
|Reading Counts! Level||6.6|
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“This story is a must for those who loved the first book and want to continue with the story.”—VOYA
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Johnston isn’t afraid to write for a world where happy endings are rare, but there is such grace and dignity that heartbroken readers will likely forgive [her].”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
School Library Journal
“There is a little something for everyone in this sequel to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (Carolrhoda Lab, 2014)….A fantasy YA novel that steers clear of love triangles, teen angst, and a tidy ending is hard to come by; Prairie Fire and its prequel are must-haves.”―School Library Journal
The Horn Book Magazine
“In this sequel to the alternate-universe contemporary fantasy The Story of Owen….it is Siobhan’s transformation into a star in her own right that will stay with readers.”―The Horn Book Magazine
“Johnston’s solid writing will keep [readers] engaged with her smooth blend of fantasy and realism, all anchored by Siobhan’s determined personality and her solid friendship with Owen and his team.” —Booklist
“Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: E.K. Johnston
The cool things about Emily Kate Johnston are that she is a forensic archaeologist, she has lived on four continents, she decorates cupcakes in her spare time, she adores the Oxford comma, and she loves to make up stories. The less cool things about Kate are that she's from a small town in southwestern Ontario, she spends a lot of time crying over books in random coffee shops, and she can't play as many musical instruments as she wishes she could. The Story of Owen is Kate's first novel. Visit her online at ekjohnston.ca.