They prey on human weakness.
Feed on human misery.
Revel in human pain.
Dragons. Masquerading as regular men and women, they walk unnoticed among their victims. But there are those who can see past the serpents' disguises. Simon St. George and his father, Aldric, the last living descendants of the legendary Saint George, drive fear into the hearts of the western dragons whom they hunt.
In the Far East, the St. Georges must face a new threat of Asian dragons, aided by the samurai, a group of warriors bound by a pledge to rid their land of the creatures. As the dragons stealthily prepare for an international annihilation, the two groups must join forces to save mankind.
Brimming with unforgettable dragon lore and exotic adventure, Jason Hightman's riveting sequel to The Saint of Dragons delves deeper into the raging war between humans and dragons.
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Jason Hightman lives in California with his wife, Kim, and young daughter, Hannah, who has the magical ability to make anyone laugh even on their dreariest days. After studying dragon hunting and alchemy at the University of Southern California, Hightman has spent the last few years doing battle with the serpents in Los Angeles, who use automobiles to clog motorways impenetrably. You can often find him in his armor, prowling for good books and hunting any nasty dragons disguised as cynical critics. He prays he never runs into the latter. Hightman hopes the Saint of Dragons series combines the best elements of old-fashioned swordplay adventure, Japanese comic books, cinematic action, heroic archetypes, and unusual villains—all things he likes in the stories he reads himself.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up–In this adventure-filled sequel to The Saint of Dragons (HarperCollins, 2004), descendants of the famed St. George fight to rid the world of dragon demons responsible for all of the world's problems. The demons have human forms, their serpentine beings seen only by the Dragonhunters, a species that includes Aldric St. George and his teenage son, Simon. Here, they must find Alaythia, a magician who assists them in their struggles and a love interest for Aldric. Their quest involves them in life-threatening combat with a series of dragons that has unleashed such evils as sweatshops, medical science gone awry, and eating disorders. Their search leads them to Japan, where they form a shaky alliance with descendants of the ancient samurai warriors led by Taro and his magician wife, whose son Kyoshi is Simon's cousin. Their common goal is the destruction of the Dragon of Japan and Dragon of Bombay. After many botched attempts caused largely by cultural differences, East and West reluctantly unite to defeat the evil serpents. Hightman has created an adventure filled with twists and turns that will keep readers riveted until the conclusion. Grotesque and violent scenes may repel some. This is definitely a plot-driven book, though some complex characters add to the depth of the complicated story. Fans of Christopher Paolini's Eragon (Knopf, 2003) will surely find it a good choice.–Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ
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