The Princess of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen
Target audience: 10-14
Synopsis from inside front cover
"THE HUNDRED YEAR WAR WITH KRAGNIR IS OVER.
and Meg will soon be named the princess-heir of Trelian. But her connection to her dragon, Jakl, is making her parents' subjects uneasy. Will they ever accept this dragon princess as their future queen? It doesn't help that Meg is suffering horible nightmares and sudden, uncontrollable rages -- and with the link joining them, Jakl is feeling the rages, too. Meg is desperate to talk to Calen, to see if he can help her figure out what is happening and how to stop it before she or her dragon does something terrible...
Meanwhile, Calen is having troubles of his own. He's far away, gone off with mage Serek to receive his first true mage's mark. But his marking ceremony is disrupted by a mysterious magical attack, and ominous prophecies predict a terrifying new danger. The Magistratum's greatest enemy may soon reappear -- and the other mages believe that Calen himself may have a hand in his return!"
It has been awhile since I'd read The Dragon of Trelian but it didn't take me long to catch up and things kept coming back to me as I read. I do feel that it would be better to read them in order for the new reader. The author does a great job portraying Meg's conflict between becoming a fabulous princess-heir and making her parents proud and protecting her beloved dragon, Jakl. Of course it's this very conflict fueled by her nightmares and impetuous nature that puts her in real danger. The link Meg has with Jakl is believable and is becoming stronger every day. Calen is feeling restricted by his master and wants to learn more so he can prevent the odious Mage Krelig from returning and destroying everything. Will Calen escape the fate prophecy has foretold?The tension is palpable and slowly grows to a thrilling climax. Friendships are tested, families are torn apart, and the world teeters on the edge. I can't wait to see what comes in the next book.