THE PRINCESS OF TRELIAN
Candlewick Press, April 2012
ISBN: 978-07636-5062-9 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9455-5 (paperback)
Also available as an ebook.
The hundred-year war with Kragnir is over, and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents' subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this dragon princess as their future queen? It doesn't help that Meg is suffering horrible nightmares and sudden, uncontrollable rages-and with the link joining them, Jakl is feeling the rages, too. Meg is desperate to talk to Calen, to see if he can help her figure out what is happening and how to stop it before she or her dragon does something terrible.
Meanwhile, Calen is having troubles of his own. He's far away, gone off with Mage Serek to receive his first true mage's mark. But his marking ceremony is disrupted by a mysterious magical attack, and ominous prophecies predict a terrifying new danger. The Magistratum's greatest enemy may soon reappear-and the other mages believe that Calen himself may have a hand in his return!
"Wonderful characters . . . fluid writing. . . . Fans will eagerly await the climactic confrontation between forces in the next book." —The Horn Book
"Engaging take on traditional fantasy." —Booklist
"It is a pleasure to revisit two such appealing protagonists." —Kirkus
Praise for The Dragon of Trelian (Book 1):
"A magical adventure and a true delight." —Rebecca Stead, New York Times best-selling author of the Newbery Medal–winning When You Reach Me
"A princess, a mage-in-training, and a dragon—an intoxicating combination in Knudsen's capable hands." —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times best-selling of the Heir Chronicles and the Seven Realms series
"An enchanting tale—readers will beg for more." —Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times best-selling author of the Tantalize series
"This strong debut novel should find a welcoming audience among Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale fans." —The Horn Book
"Calen and Meg's easygoing, entirely believable friendship is the core of this adventurous first novel. Meg is gutsy and impulsive, while Calen is thoughtful and steadfast; and they make an appealing duo. . . . [A] solid addition to the fantasy genre." —Booklist
"Charmingly honest portrayals of family life, the dizzying heartbreak of first romance, the insecurities of loneliness and the rewards of scholarship. . . . [T]he narrative moves at a brisk clip to a satisfying conclusion, with a broad hint of sequels. A promising start." —Kirkus
"This is an exciting fantasy that draws in readers from the start. Knudsen does a fantastic job of creating sympathetic and realistic characters that really drive the story. The tale is adventurous and exciting with many twists and turns along the way. The ending is satisfying yet leaves room for sequels, which readers will be clamoring for. A page-turner." —School Library Journal
"[A] tasty treat. Sometimes a kid just wants a good dragon book. And with its equal opportunity boy and girl perspective, The Dragon of Trelian is the kind of book that's going to appeal to all kids, at all ages, at all times. If they're fantasy lovers, of course. . . . [M]ay serve as the gateway book from rote fantasy to the good stuff. A surprising little gem and a book worthy of your consideration. Be ready for this to surprise you." —Elizabeth Bird/A Fuse #8 Production