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In the 90s I read a 3 book series about a girl who lived with or was close with dragons. They lived in a desert like environment with the dragons having a clan like social structure. The girl had befriended one of the young dragons who was looked poorly upon for having her as a friend or pet. If I remember correctly the girl had wild red hair and the people were described in a primitive way with like leather clothes and spears. The story was a typical coming of age and underdog story. I wish I could remember more details. The cover at the time for the first book may have had a dragon or two fighting with the girl on a rock with a spear? Hope this rings a bell for someone.

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Are you perhaps thinking of the Half-blood Chronicles by Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey, starting with The Elvenbane, published in 1991?

This is the story of Shana, a halfbreed born of the forbidden union of an Elvenlord father and a human mother. Her exiled mother dead, she was rescued and raised by dragons, a proud, ancient race who existed unbeknownst to elven or humankind. From birth, Shana was the embodiment of the Prophecy that the all-powerful Elvenlords feared. Her destiny is the enthralling adventure of a lifetime.

Shana is feral, so that would fit the "primitive" aspect of things. The dragon who takes her up is indeed teased about his "pet". I haven't found a cover with a spear, but she is a redhead.

Book cover for *The Elvenbane*

  • @Emily: If this is your book, you can accept it by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons. – FuzzyBoots Dec 23 '19 at 16:08
  • And if so, it will be a dupe of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/27663/… (or I might make that one a dupe of this one due to greater detail). – FuzzyBoots Dec 23 '19 at 16:12

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