Genre: Upper Middle Grade Fantasy
When a young princess is chosen to work alongside a peacekeeping dragon she sets out on a personal quest for greatness. However learning about life beyond the castle walls, and her own father’s betrayal, is a reality check for a magical girl.
The Medina Hatching Festival was in full swing as Princess Reyna and her mother were gently handed up the steps to their viewing box in front of the dragons’ nest. The whole square was decorated with bright fabrics and fresh flowers. Lively music was playing in the distance but the area near the eggs was kept quiet. Chirping could be heard from inside the large rocklike eggs as the babies were impatient to emerge.
“How are you enjoying the festival,” asked King Leon, Reyna's father, as she took her seat at his side.
Reyna took in the noisy crowd, the smell of festival foods that were so tempting her mouth watered, and the feeling of frivolity in the air. She loved any chance to be outside the castle walls but this was special.
"It is wonderful," she said excitedly. “I always love seeing the new dragons. I hope this will be as exciting as last year. One boy was only sixteen and two girls were chosen. That is the most in a long time."
"The dragons always surprise us," her father agreed. “But the girls usually do not become the warriors that the boys do. They will farm or guard the eggs or some such thing.”
Reyna ignored the comment. His social standards would not ruin this for her. She knew her father thought talk of dragons and fighting was not right for a gently reared princess. Proper ladies should focus on music or embroidery or some other genteel hobby.