Dragon Slippersby Jessica Day George is another Big Deal book that I already owned in paper but snatched up in ebook for $1.99. I highly recommend this one. If you look at the reviews it is one of the rare ones not to have a single 1 or 2 star reader review with over 50 posted. Besides, we love Jessica Day George around here at SurLaLune since she is of the fairy tale novelist line with other books like Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Princess of Glass and Princess of the Midnight Ball. Her new series launching this fall with Tuesdays at the Castle sounds quite charming. For me she is a great inheritor of the Robin McKinley and Patricia Wrede tradition.
Creel, the heroine of Dragon Slippers is hardly a damsel-in-distress. After her aunt totes her out to the local dragon in desperation (with the hope that the local prince will rescue her from certain death and marry her), Creel refuses the haughty prince and finds friendship with the dragons, who set her on a journey to the center of the kingdom with a pretty pair of what only seem to be ordinary slippers. Along the way we discover Creel’s enormous talent at embroidery, and you can’t help but linger over the rich descriptions of her lovely tapestry-like gowns, which quickly make her the most sought-after dressmaker in the kingdom. But soon enough those mysterious slippers begin to wreak havoc, and it’s up to Creel to save the kingdom from disaster and defend the dragons from certain doom. Creel’s feisty spirit breathes fiery new life into this epic world at every turn, making this one of the most memorable and fun fantasy debuts to hit shelves since Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart.