The Last Tsar’s Dragons

Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

It is the waning days of the Russian monarchy. A reckless man rules the land and his dragons rule the sky. Although the Tsar continues to send his reign of fire to scorch his enemies, instead he lays waste to his entire country. But revolution is in the air—and the Red Army is hatching its own weapons.

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The Last Tsar’s Dragons

by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

ISBN: Print ISBN: 9781616962876 Digital ISBN: 9781616962883

Published: June 2019

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital

Description

It is the waning days of the Russian monarchy. A reckless man rules the land and his dragons rule the sky. Although the Tsar continues to send his reign of fire to scorch his enemies—Jews and Bolsheviks—instead he lays waste to his entire country.

Even dragons are cannot quell the conspiracies arising around the Tsar, from the ranks of the oppressed, political operatives, and one nameless functionary watching power slip away. Even the Tsar’s foreign-born wife believes that his tactics are tantamount to evil. But now revolution is in the air—and the Red Army is hatching its own weapons.

Discover the crux of Russian history as it is radically, entertainingly re-imagined by dynamic writing team Jane Yolen (The Emerald Circus) and Adam Stemple (Singer of Souls).

Praise for The Last Tsar’s Dragons 

“This one is vivid, gripping and actually riveting as the Red Danger takes a whole new meaning here. Loved it.”
The Book Smugglers

“In essence, Yolen and Stemple create new origin or ending tales for key people of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The dragons, though a real part of the story, are also a metaphor for power, and the story becomes as philosophical as entertaining.”
Grasping for the Wind

About the Authors

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She is the author of over three hundred and sixty five books, including children’s fiction, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Her publications include Owl MoonThe Devil’s ArithmeticBriar RoseSister Emily’s Starship and Sister Light, Sister Dark. Among her many honors are the Caldecott and Christopher Medals, multiple Nebula, World Fantasy, Mythopoeic, Golden Kite, and Jewish Book awards; as well as the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Science Fiction Poetry Grand Master Award. Yolen is also a teacher of writing and a book reviewer. She lives in Western Massachusetts and St. Andrew, Scotland.

Adam Stemple (www.adamstemple.com) is an author, musician, web designer, and professional card player.  He has written eight novels, including Pay the Piper (with Jane Yolen), winner of the 2006 Locus Award winner for Best Young Adult Book. Of his debut solo novel, Singer of Souls, Anne McCaffrey said, “One of the best first novels I have ever read.”

Praise for Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

“Yolen and her son, a professional musician, have produced a rollicking good riff on the Pied Piper…. An entertaining as well as meaty read.”
Booklist

“Jane Yolen, a mistress of fantasy, has teamed up with her rock-and-roll musician son to develop a series crossing classic tales with contemporary music. This debut effort is a thriller.”
The Washington Post

“Veteran storyteller Yolen works with her musician son on this new interpretation of the Pied Piper of Hamelin story that will intrigue those [who] enjoy retellings of familiar stories or are lured by tales of the Faerie realm.”
VOYA

“This swift and entertaining read…skillfully blends ancient magic with music and contemporary teen life.”
KLIATT Magazine

Praise for Troll Bridge by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

“Drawing elements from ‘The Twelve Dancing Princesses’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff,’ [Yolen and Stemple] give folklore a modern spin in an entertaining tale.”
Booklist

“Fairy tale fantasy master Yolen teams up with her son Stemple to offer an entertaining and engaging story.”
VOYA

Praise for Jane Yolen

“Jane Yolen facets her glittering stories with the craft of a master jeweller.”
—Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity

“There is simply no better storyteller working in the fantasy field today. She’s a national treasure.”
—Terri Windling, author of The Wood Wife and The Essential Bordertown

“[STARRED REVIEW] [Yolen] once again delivers the magic, humor, and lovely prose that has attracted readers for years.”
Library Journal on The Emerald Circus

“[STARRED REVIEW] These highly entertaining retellings are perfect for teen fans of fairy tales and classic literature.”
School Library Journal on The Emerald Circus

Praise for Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple

“Stemple blends the majesty and brutality of the faery world with the grit and pulse of contemporary society.”
School Library Journal

“One of the best first novels I have ever read.”
—Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragonriders of Pern series

“Wonderful. Fans of Charles de Lint and Clive Barker will find much to like.”
Publishers Weekly

Singer of Souls glows with magic and folklore, realistic characters and vivid language, and has the grit, blood, and tension of good film noir.”
—Emma Bull, author of Bone Dance and Territory

Visit the Jane Yolen website or on Twitter @JaneYolen

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