Monday, June 28, 2010

"The Dragon's Tale"

The Dragon Book is a collection of short stories, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois. I got ahold of it because it has stories by three of my favorite authors, and this post is about just one of their stories.

The Dragon's Tale
by Tamora Pierce

Placed in the world of Tortall, this short story features the young dragon Skysong as the central character. People who have read Pierce's quartet The Immortals will already be well acquainted with Skysong and her human foster parents, Daine and Numair.

Skysong is traveling with her foster parents, and is bored. And when Skysong gets bored, she either shrieks her frustration or finds something to end her boredom. Since shrieking her frustration would freak people out (even in the world of Tortall, people don't usually encounter dragons -- and a shrieking one might be rather terrifying) she decides that she'll go exploring instead.

During her exploration she finds some injustice. She knows that she could bring it to her foster parents attention, but she doesn't. She's been bored, and righting this wrong is something for her to do. But before she knows it, strange things that she doesn't understand are happening around her.

Told from Skysong's point of view, this story is a way to see how the young dragon views the world. It shows more of Skysong's character to those of us who have read about her in other books and already love her. A person who is unfamiliar with Pierce's novels in which Skysong appears can follow this story, but in truth I think prior knowledge of the characters would make this story more enjoyable.

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