Spirits in the Hills
by Amelia Smith
Sovara is part of a secret society dedicated to defending the dragons, the life force of the land. One night, she overhears foreigners plotting to raid one of the dragons' gates, close the home village she left decades before. Only Sovara, her least-amiable brother-in-arms, and one green apprentice can set out right away. They're a scouting party set to battle a merchant army.