Nancy Yi Fan, the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird, is back with her richly imagined fantasy bird world.
On her sky-born day, Dandelion is injured and separated from her parents. The exiled musician prince, Fleydur, comes to her rescue and brings her to the Castle of Sky. But the court life of the golden eagles is still dominated by rigid traditions and intrigue, and now a new threat is looming. As flying, swordplay, and music enter her life, Dandelion will have the chance to show that a valley eaglet can be a true princess and a heroine, too. Bravery, equality, and the gift of music triumph over all.
This book was well-suited for younger middle-grade readers; however, I could not fully get into it. The plot, although it had some strong points, moved along so quickly that once one plot development was introduced it seemed to be jumping right into the next. Dandelion is an inspirational character and I enjoyed reading, from her perspective, her journey from a shy, afraid little eaglet into an eaglet of significance and valor. The book also has a great collection of "new" words for younger readers. In spite of the book's good qualities I am sad to say it did not enthrall me. Perhaps for bird lovers this book would be a great addition to a fantasy library.