Yes, it's our first repeat author - and who could it possibly be other than Tamora Pierce? We're discussing Emperor Mage, book 3 of Madeleine's favorite YA fantasy series, the Immortals. Protagonist Daine's wild magic and communication with animals (not to mention international intrigue and plenty of poison) lead us into discussions of animal rights, failing political systems in fantasy worlds, and how Grace once accidentally stabbed herself with an arrow. Fall in line with the Badger God and Graveyard Hag and rouse your own dinosaur skeleton army - Daine is here to solve all your problems! Also - an actual baby dragon is one of the main characters, so. You know how happy we are.
Interview about Daine & Numair's age difference -https://tpwords.wordpress.com/2009/04/29/dainenumair-and-reactions/
Hark! A Vagrant Nemesis comics by Kate Beaton - http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=327
Grace's face shortly after she stabbed herself with an arrow - censored for those who might not be into seeing her blood.