by Laura Bickle

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she’s summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the mine where her father worked, she’s drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he’s not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

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Category: Fantasy – Coming of Age