Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Walton takes the Victorian social novel to new levels by making dragons the main characters. Suddenly, all of the social conventions of the age are backed by biological necessities – the need to have gold for one’s hoard, the need to have a parent’s estate (that is, their body…) divided fairly so one can eat it to grow and survive, a tell-tale change in the body that shows to all if a female has been in close contact with a male. All of this, plus the fact that social faux pas can lead to being eaten instead of just shunned, raises the stakes considerably, and creates a wholly original and entertaining story!

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