by Arthur Slade
ISBN 9781443175517 PBK
352 Pages | Ages 10 to 14
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She’s tough and she’s determined to be a top assassin.
Carmen is counting the days to graduation. She’s desperate to finish ahead of her twin brother and the rest of the class at assassin school. She’s an expert with bladed weapons and poisons and is a skilled rider of the giant black swans that are used for their missions.
But in a practice sword fight, her brother “accidentally” blinds her in one eye. She keeps training, but drops to the bottom of her class. Then the emperor of the nearby kingdom is killed by an assassin and war is declared on the school itself. Worst of all, Carmen discovers that her power-hungry brother may have betrayed them all. In desperation, she makes a life-altering pact with a dragon to save her school. But can she trust this clever dragon to keep his word?
- Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2021
- Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2021
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- Fast-paced, thrilling fantasy.
- Arthur Slade is a bestselling and multi-award-winning author.
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- This is a dragon character like no other.