Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K.D. Halbrook

Silver Batal

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Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by K.D. Halbrook (Water Dragon Races #1)
English | 2019 | Young adult | ePUB | 6.1 Mb

Silver Batal : Set in a vivid, Arab-inspired world filled with friendly and fearsome water dragons, K.D. Halbrook’s Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races is a middle-grade fantasy adventure, with illustrations by Ilse Gort, that’s perfect for fans of Tui T. Sutherland, Sayantani DasGupta, and Roshani Chokshi.

Silver’s dreams of becoming a legendary water dragon racer come true when she befriends a rare dragon that can swim and fly.

Thirteen-year-old Silver Batal calls the desert home, but her heart belongs to the waters. Although she’s expected to become a jeweler like her father, Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to race water dragons. Destiny comes calling when her friendship with a mysterious old woman leads her to Hiyyan, a baby dragon that can swim and fly.

Risking everything, Silver, Hiyyan, and her resourceful cousin Brajon set off across the desert to join the legendary races in the royal city. But the road to Calidia is filled with danger, and the trio must band together as they encounter ferocious cave beasts, clever desert foxes, and cutthroat competition.

“As she waited for Nebekker to finish snooping, Silver moved to one of the stone overlooks and leaned against the copper railing, peering down. The trader’s flaps were secured, and now he was trying to calm his herd animals. And for good reason—no Jaspatonian would ever be caught out in the vast desert in such a storm.

Brajon appeared next to Silver and dumped her belongings back into her bag, plus a good fistful of dust. “I think that’s everything.”

“Almost everything.” Silver motioned to Nebekker.

“Is that a letter to—”

Silver nodded quickly.

To Sagittaria Wonder, the best and most brilliant Desert Nations water dragon racer in the whole world. Silver’s hero.

Brajon shrugged and shifted the chicken, who was trying to stick its head down his tunic. “You can tell her everything in person when she comes to Jaspaton in two weeks.”

Silver’s heart thumped so hard she was sure it could be heard over the whole desert.

“She’s coming here? Why?” Silver glanced over her shoulder. The trader was climbing into his wagon and pulling his scarf over his face.

“You know that really thick seam of gold we discovered a week ago?”

Silver rolled her eyes. Brajon said we as though he were already a full-fledged miner, not an ele-miner. “Yes, of course,” she said, “but what does that have to do with Sagittaria?”

“Just today, Sormy Mohan said”—Brajon cleared his throat and lowered his voice to mimic the grizzly old head miner—“‘the queen’s coming from Calidia to look at our gold. She’s bringing that dragon racer, too. They need a design for some kind of racing cup.’”

Silver clutched her cousin’s shoulders. “You mean Sagittaria Wonder is really coming?”

“That’s what I heard.” Brajon wriggled out of Silver’s grip.”

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