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Dragon Assassin

  • ISBN 9781443175517, Paperback
  • 360 Pages | Ages 10 to 14
A thrilling new fantasy novel from award-winning author Arthur Slade!

Carmen is a student at Red Assassin School. She’s an expert at bladed weapons and poisons; and she’s desperate to finish at the top of the class, ahead of her twin brother. The students have been trained to hunt using giant black swans, but Carmen has discovered a dragon. All she has to do is get on his back.

One problem: he’s killed everyone who gets near him.

Then the Emperor declares war on assassins. And there might be a traitor among them.

Carmen wants to graduate. But the emperor wants her dead. Her classmates might, too. Graduation night is about to become the fight of her life.

In this heartstopping adventure by Arthur Slade, readers will root for Carmen — an Assassin with a heart of gold, determined to follow her dream against all odds.

Rights Sold

  • English (Australia/NZ)
  • French World

Selling Points

• Fast-paced, thrilling fantasy.
• Arthur Slade is a bestselling and multi-award-winning author.
• Dragons and magical school stories are always popular.
• This is a dragon character like no other.


  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2021
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club, Top Recommended Read, 2022
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2021

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