Okay... bleh. Super nervous. ._. Here we go...
A dragon has been spotted in fairytale Russia. This is a big deal, as dragons haven’t been seen since the Tsar ordered their extermination over a decade ago. The dragon’s appearance has prompted the Tsar to issue a bounty: one thousand rubles to whoever brings him the beast alive.
Twelve-year-old Anya Kozlova needs that bounty. The corrupt village magistrate has delivered an ultimatum to her family: pay an enormous sum of back taxes within 30 days, or face eviction from their home. With her father conscripted and fighting in Tartary, Anya and her mother are left alone to care for Anya’s disabled grandparents and manage their farm. If Anya can get the bounty, she can pay off the magistrate, bring her father back from war, and maybe see her mother smile again.
Anya doesn’t know how to hunt a dragon, but her friend Ivan, the son of a legendary fool, does. As they draw closer to the dragon, a Viking warrior arrives. He’s been pursuing the dragon all the way from Norway, and his message is clear: interfere and die.
But Anya and Ivan have already interfered too much, and the Viking attempts to do away with them. They’re saved from the Viking’s deadly trap by an unexpected hero: the dragon. As Anya and Ivan come to befriend the little dragon, two things become clear: he’s the last of his kind, and he’s in incredible danger.
With the magistrate’s tax deadline looming, and no other source of money, Anya must make a choice: save the dragon or save her family.
ANYA KOZLOVA AND THE DRAGON is a 57,000-word UMG folklore retelling, incorporating elements from Russian folklore and myths, from the grumpy domovoi to the mysterious and frightening Baba Yaga.
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