Valley of Silver Linda McNabb, HarperCollins, 2007, 192 pages, paperback, NZ16.99
Linda McNabb’s simple medieval fantasy world of wizards and dragons has been well set up in her seven previous junior novels. Valley of Silver continues the story of the dragons’ rebellion against human domination, begun in Mountains of Fire (2006).
Alyxa, the young dragon charmer, now discovers that she has unexpected magical abilities, while her friend Logan, the apprentice wizard, finds that his seem to be vanishing. Since he also learns that he is the lost prince of Shanoria, this may not be a problem but the attack by talking red dragons, inspired by the crafty Fire-Tongue, certainly is.
Once again McNabb provides her young heroes with plenty of lively action against overwhelming odds. She also introduces a cute baby dragon and leaves the way open for a sequel.
This review first appeared in The Press, Christchurch on 31st March 2007.