Janine Cross's novel Touched by Venom (Roc), the first book (of three) in the Dragon Temple Saga, has been named to Library Journal's list of the best genre fiction of 2005. Says LJ:
An independent-minded young woman in a male-dominated society angers the Dragon Temple's dragonmasters, bringing disaster on her family and clan and setting the girl on an odyssey that will change her world. The jungle setting and tribal civilizations of this exciting debut novel vividly evoke the rain forests of Africa and South America.
Others on the list are Terry Bisson's Numbers Don't Lie (Tachyon), Sunstorm (Del Rey) by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, Andrew Eschbach's The Carpet Makers (Tor), and The Necessary Beggar (Tor) by Susan Palwick.