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Lightningborn: (Storm Dragons, Book 1) (Hardcover)

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Most dragons in this floating kingdom bear the tattoo of their owners, but not Storm. Remy, an orphan struggling to survive on Cutthroat Wedge, an island on the Fringe of the kingdom, finds the baby dragon and is immediately bonded to him, but when a notoriously vicious pirate mage puts out a huge reward for the “return of his dragon,” the entire island begins a search, and Remy finds a friend in the old drunken storyteller of the island, but Bart has his story too. When Gem, the princess of the Kingdom discovers that the islands are in grave danger, she seeks to discover the secret of the Ancient Ones, and Bart may hold the key. Dragons, pirates, magic and two kids who couldn’t be more different except in their love of dragons make this adventure unputdownable!

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In a world in the clouds where only the rich own dragons, a poor boy named Remy finds a wild baby dragon—believed to be extinct—and becomes the focus of an evil pirate’s vengeance.

REMY spends his days trying to survive the mean streets of Cutthroat Wedge—one of the many islands floating in the gravitational pull of the magical Maelstrom raging below. But his life changes forever when a violent storm brings a baby dragon to his doorstep, and he feels a bond he has never felt with anyone. Remy names the dragon Storm and vows to protect this new friend, no matter the cost. 

GEM longs for the day when she call herself a true mage. That is, if she can convince her teachers and peers that just because she’s a princess doesn’t mean she’s lazy and spoiled. But when Gem learns that the floating islands that make up her kingdom are rapidly sinking into the Maelstrom, she makes it her mission to save her world. Against the king’s wishes, she accesses forbidden research and discovers the secret to saving humanity may lie in a True Dragon—a dragon capable of intelligent thought and able to cast and use magic. But True Dragons are extinct . . . aren’t they?

Remy’s and Gem’s lives will never be the same when their fates collide, thanks to Storm. With an evil pirate mage named Jhaeros determined to claim the rare dragon for himself, the two must learn to trust in each other as they team up with a shifty pirate captain and her crew, stand together against impossible odds, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times best-selling author of the Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, Talon, and Shadow of the Fox series, was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there, so at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii—which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of huge geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel. Julie now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two obnoxious cats, and a pair of Australian shepherds. She loves video games, and has recently started streaming on Twitch and putting out videos on YouTube. Visit her on Twitter @JKagawa, Twitch @SylverKit, and on YouTube @JulieKagawa.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781368090308
ISBN-10: 1368090303
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Storm Dragon