Alex London has published over 25 books for children, teens, and adults, including the middle grade series Battle Dragons, Dog Tags, and The Wild Ones. For young adults, he’s the author of the award-winning cyberpunk duology Proxy, and the fantasy trilogy The Skybound Saga, an NBC Today Show pick. A former librarian, journalist, human rights researcher, and snorkel salesman, he now lives in Philadelphia with his husband, daughter, and hound dog.
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
Soldiers of Fortune: Young Adult Action-Adventure Series
with Jesse Haynes and Alex London
11:15 a.m. to Noon
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Battle Dragons: City of Speed
In a modern mega-city built around dragons, one boy gets caught up in the world of underground dragon battles and a high-stakes gang war that could tear his family apart.
In the city of Drakopolis, dragons and humans have co-existed for centuries. Dragons burn the city's garbage, taxi its busy citizens from place to place, and even compete in vicious underground battles for ganglike kins.
But the dragons also compete in legal sports, like the spectacular aerial races that draw in cheering crowds by the tens of thousands.
Abel is at just such a race when he witnesses the unthinkable. A long-shot competitor pulls off an impossible win -- then flies into a destructive rage! Someone in the city is experimenting on dragons: hacking their DNA, rebuilding their bodies, and breaking their minds. Who could be driving the dragons berserk?
Abel must find out who's behind the experiments and put a stop to them, and to do so he’ll infiltrate the kins’ underground street races on a long-shot dragon of his own. But with his sister working for a kin, his brother serving the city's secret police, and a bully at school racing for Abel's worst enemies, will Abel find any safety past the finish line?
Gold Wings Rising
In Gold Wings Rising, the final installment of Alex London's Skybound Saga, Kylee and Brysen must fight for their lives and their humanity. Book 1 was a Today Show Book Club Pick!
The war on the ground has ended, but the war with the sky has just begun. After the Siege of the Six Villages, the ghost eagles have trapped Uztaris on both sides of the conflict. The villagers and Kartami alike hide in caves, huddled in terror as they await nightly attacks. Kylee aims to plunge her arrows into each and every ghost eagle; in her mind, killing the birds is the only way to unshackle the city’s chains. But Brysen has other plans.
While the humans fly familiar circles around each other, the ghost eagles create schemes far greater and more terrible than either Kylee or Brysen could have imagined. Now, the tug-of-war between love and power begins to fray, threatening bonds of siblinghood and humanity alike.
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