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To Shape a Dragon's Breath

By Moniquill Blackgoose
To Shape a Dragon's Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose digital book - Fable

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • FINALIST FOR THE NEBULA, LOCUS, AND LODESTAR AWARDS • “My favorite book of the year . . . a coming-of-age story that is cozy and hair-raising in equal measure.”—Charlie Jane Anders, The Washington Post

“I tore through it, caught up in an enthusiasm for dragons that I hadn’t experienced since I was a teenager obsessed with Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern.”—NPR

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, NPR, PopSugar, Chicago Public Library, Polygon, She Reads, Autostraddle


The remote island of Masquapaug has not seen a dragon in many generations—until fifteen-year-old Anequs finds a dragon’s egg and bonds with its hatchling. Her people are delighted, for all remember the tales of the days when dragons lived among them and danced away the storms of autumn, enabling the people to thrive. To them, Anequs is revered as Nampeshiweisit—a person in a unique relationship with a dragon.

Unfortunately for Anequs, the Anglish conquerors of her land have different opinions. They have a very specific idea of how a dragon should be raised, and who should be doing the raising—and Anequs does not meet any of their requirements. Only with great reluctance do they allow Anequs to enroll in a proper Anglish dragon school on the mainland. If she cannot succeed there, her dragon will be killed.

For a girl with no formal schooling, a non-Anglish upbringing, and a very different understanding of the history of her land, challenges abound—both socially and academically. But Anequs is smart, determined, and resolved to learn what she needs to help her dragon, even if it means teaching herself. The one thing she refuses to do, however, is become the meek Anglish miss that everyone expects.

Anequs and her dragon may be coming of age, but they’re also coming to power, and that brings an important realization: the world needs changing—and they might just be the ones to do it.

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240 Reviews

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Thinking Face“I really enjoyed the historic and cultural aspects of this book, but it felt extremely heavy in terms of world building - it didn’t feel like the information dump was really necessary when it was being shared, at least not for this book? I would definitely need to read it all again before going into the next book if it’s meant to be recalled then. Overall, I’m slightly interested in how this could evolve further, but I also didn’t feel too invested in the characters (there didn’t seem to be a lot of conflict or emotion?) and there was very little dragon action for a book that seemed about dragons. Might’ve been a bit too YA for what I might enjoy. Undecided on how to feel about all of that for now or if I’m going to be reading the next book.”
Slightly Smiling Face“This book was so unique! Her writing style was very different but refreshing, and I loved the stories within stories. It got a little slow in the middle but the last 30 percent made up for it. Really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to seeing these characters again in book 2.”
Diverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readOriginal writing
Believable charactersDiverse charactersMagical settingComing of age
Expressionless Face“Now granted the wealthy Anglish seem very one dimensionally bad for the most part but Anequ feels like New Yorkers who move to Atl and then constantly complain to you (to me lol) about NYC being so much better. I know she had to move from her Utopia for a specific reason but I feel like since her society fixed every other problem known to man, they would have had the confidence to figure out shaping that breath. it could have figured out how to shape that breath. Overall the book wasn’t bad, it just felt pretentious. I felt like its purpose was to read white supremacy for filth rather than be entertaining . So while I agreed with the messaging I didn’t actually care about the story or characters (aside from the dragon and to a lesser extent Sander)”
Diverse charactersDescriptive writingMisogynyRacismUnengaging characters
Slightly Smiling Face“Loved this book so much! Everything about it, the character development, the academic setting, family. It felt cozy and comfortable yet adventurous and exciting. This book is super underrated and one to watch out for!”

About Moniquill Blackgoose

Astounding Award–nominated author Moniquill Blackgoose began writing science fiction and fantasy when she was twelve and hasn’t stopped writing since. She is an enrolled member of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe, and a lineal descendant of Ousamequin Massasoit. She is an avid costumer, and an active member of the steampunk community. She has blogged, essayed, and discussed extensively across many platforms the depictions of Indigenous and Indigenous-coded characters in sci-fi and fantasy. Her works often explore themes of inequality in social and political power, consent, agency, and social revolution.

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