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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library Y CLU (Text) 33500013244835 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y CLU (Text) 33500013244843 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library ya CLU (Text) 35500006289381 Main Checked out 11/06/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780525648154
  • ISBN: 0525648151
  • ISBN: 9780525648161
  • ISBN: 052564816X
  • Physical Description: 434 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

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"When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #1
    One day after the emperor died and had been eaten, the call went out to select his successor. So begins Cluess' newest series, which exhibits tighter pacing and more developed characters to excellent effect. The title, paired with cover art of five overlapping swords, will have readers thinking Game of Thrones—but the book is more akin to Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. The five candidates to win the throne are mostly not the logical choices; all come with compelling and very different backstories, from guilt-ridden soldier Lucian to scholarly Emilia, who must hide her deadly magic powers, and servant Vespir, in love with her mistress. The simple plot line benefits from a fascinating, full exploration of the bond between dragon and rider. A strong sense of social justice and the inevitable inequities in wealth and power drive the story as well, and the triumphant communal efforts of the candidates to subdue the evil priestess running the selection process will have readers cheering for the power of unity. The epilogue makes it clear that there is happily much more story to come. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

JESSICA CLUESS is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel in the Kingdom on Fire series, A Shadow Bright and Burning. When she's not writing books, she's an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter at @JessCluess.

Subject: Kings, queens, rulers, etc. > Fiction.
Contests > Fiction.
Dragons > Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. > Fiction.
Contests > Fiction.
Dragons > Fiction.

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