Child of the Dragon by Ashley Sheesley
The chosen one is dead, the prophecy left unfulfilled, and the shape-shifting dragons of modern-day Earth are still cursed to be puppets to their dragon kings. It's now up to a chronically ill ex-assassin, a sarcastic rebel, the chosen one's granddaughter, and her anxious best friend to take up the mantle and save the dragons once and for all.
Coleman, a teenage, chronically ill, shape-shifting dragon, thought betraying the king that cursed the shifters would be a “one time” thing. But when he watches the resistance’s leader—the only uncursed shifter and the chosen one—die, his only choice is to return to his king, fool him again, and buy time for his best friend to find and train the late leader’s granddaughter. Otherwise, the curse will never be broken.
When studious high school senior Kat’s grandma dies, and she accidentally turns into a dragon, she realizes that all her grandma’s old stories were true. And now that her grandma is gone, Kat is the last dragon immune to the king’s curse. Now, training in secret, her best friend, Aaron, is suspicious that something is wrong, and he desperately wants to help her. He just didn’t think helping her would involve fighting by her side (and from her dragon back) to save a secret society of shifters—a threat that is about to become a lot more personal than he ever imagined.
With cursed dragons lurking around every corner, it’s up to Coleman, Kat, Aaron, and the rest of the resistance to take fate into their own hands, but if Kat can’t master her new powers and break the king’s curse, her friends will remain puppets to him forever, and she too might succumb to his curse.
Releases Late 2025. Exact release date will be confirmed Jan 2025. Cover is a placeholder. Actual cover will be revealed early 2025
**Trigger Warnings for depictions of death, fantasy violence, a short and minor torture scene and references to others, death of a grandparent, and a brief reference to a previous car crash. Coleman experienced abuse in his past. There is some minor ableism, but it does not go unchecked. A nonbinary character is briefly accidentally misgendered, but once corrected, it never happens again.