When Women Were Dragons: Sneak peek extract from alt-history fantasy

In a world where girls and women are taught to be quiet, the dragons inside them are about to be set free in Kelly Barnhill’s When Women Were Dragons. Read an exclusive extract with SciFiNow…

When Women Were Dragons

From New York Times bestseller Kelly Barnhill comes a brand new alt-history fantasy When Women Were Dragons. Set in Wisconsin, in 1955, the novel is set in a world where girls and women are taught to be quiet. However, the dragons inside them are about to be set free – and nothing will ever be the same again…

Check out the official synopsis…

When hundreds of thousands of ordinary women sprout wings, scales and talons and take to the skies in a blaze of fire and fury, eight-year-old Alex Green is one of those left behind. But why did Alex’s adored aunt Marla transform when Alex’s mother did not? And why does her mother insist that her cousin Beatrice is her sister? Alex doesn’t know, and no one will answer her questions. Such feminine, embarrassing things are not discussed! Best forgotten, everyone says.

But Alex won’t forget. Nor does she want to.

Alex is desperate for answers and, as she grows into a fiercely independent teenager, she must face the consequences of the Mass Dragoning: a society closing in on itself; a mother more protective than ever; the upsetting insistence that Marla never even existed; and watching her beloved Beatrice becoming dangerously obsessed with the forbidden . . .

When Women Were Dragons is out now and we’re delighted to share an extract from the novel, which you can read here.

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill is out now from Hot Key Books. Order your copy here.