For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.
Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.
N. D. Wilson, author of Leepike Ridge and 100 Cupboards, returns with an imagination-capturing adventure that inventively combines the contemporary and the legendary.
N. D. Wilson writes:
From an early age, I knew I wanted to tell stories. And the foundation for everything I do was given to me by my parents as they labored to provide me with a strong classical and Christian education. I've written several novels already, but my newest one (the first in a new series with Random House) is far more closely connected to my own educational experience as a kid. In The Dragon's Tooth, my heroes, Cyrus and Antigone Smith, are brought into an ancient order of explorers where they are expected to learn Latin and read forgotten histories, where they come face-to-face with living mythology, and learn to face new evil, armed with ancient truth. No, my life wasn't nearly so exciting, and it wasn't inspired by the classics of literature the way this book is. But the same thing happened to me-I was led into a dusty library full of forgotten books, and I was trained with neglected tools. I wrote this fantastical adventure for a younger me, for a kid who always would have preferred to play baseball than study, for a kid who really didn't know what he was being given by his hard-working parents. It's a fast-paced romp through the alleys and stairwells of mythology and history, and I hope it's enjoyable for students and parents alike-for everyone involved in the great adventure of classical Christian education.
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