Here's the press release I sent to the Baltimore Sun and Annapolis Capital newspapers on June 26, 2012.
First-time local author Kenton Kilgore releases his two-part young adult novel, a new take on the fantasy and Western genres.
Stevensville, MD – Kenton Kilgore has lived on the Eastern Shore since 1998, but it was his childhood in Arizona that inspired Dragontamer’s Daughters, a two-part young adult fantasy novel, available in paperback and for Kindle on Amazon.com. Wanting to set his story apart from others, Kilgore set his story in the Old West of an alternate Earth and deliberately went against the current of what’s hot in kids lit.
“Dragontamer’s Daughters is for readers who want something different than your typical fantasy novel,” Kilgore said. “There are no knights or castles or wizards, no vampires or zombies or fairies. There are princesses and magic spells, but they’re not like you’d expect. The story’s also a western, but without any of those clichés, either. Think Little House on the Prairie, but with dragons—very unusual dragons. It’s intended for middle-school girls, but boys, older teens, and adults will get plenty out of it, too.”
Set in the year 1884, Dragontamer’s Daughters centers on two sisters—Isabella and Alijandra—who live in a shack with their parents in the desert land of the Diheneh, the native people. Years before, the family was rich and respected because the girls’ father caught, tamed, and trained dragons for their country, Ysparria. Now the dragontamer is an outlaw and the family is in exile. Finding a small, severely injured dragon, the girls take it home and begin tending it back to health. While the dragon heals, the family begins to learn how it got hurt, where it came from, and the strange and terrifying powers it possesses. Others find out, and soon, competing forces converge on the dragon—and the family—for their own ends.
Dragontamer’s Daughters is Kilgore’s first novel. He earned a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Maryland College Park, where he concentrated in creative writing, mythology, and medieval English. He earned an M.A. in English Literature at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. He and his family live in Stevensville, MD with too many dogs and cats.
Dragontamer’s Daughters, Part 1: Pearl and Dragontamer’s Daughters, Part 2: Stormcaller are available on Amazon.com and through www.kentonkilgore.com. Dragontamer’s Daughters is also on Facebook.
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