While visiting a friend, someone attacks Allison Lee. The blow to her head causes her to lose her vision, and her dreams of being a photojournalist are instantly ruined. However, she agrees to an experimental procedure that successfully restores her vision—plus a little more. At first, Allison thinks she’s hallucinating as she starts to see dragons hovering over people around her. She quickly learns that her prosthetic eyes have opened a window into a world that exists parallel to her own. A world with dragons at war with their enemy, the skaags. Rice’s debut novel begins as a teen story in modern-day Seattle that shifts into sci-fi before shifting again into contemporary fantasy. The result is a successful combination that creates a truly original take on dragons while illustrating the heart and personal triumph of its main character.