Read On: 1st January 2016
This book amazed me. It’s different and that’s an understatement. Okay so starting with the cover. It’s the first thing I saw and first impressions count. The girl is beautiful. The fire dragon in the background tells you that it’s about dragons. I just love the cover, as you can see. It’s very eye catching. And that’s what you want in a cover. Dina and I are in a crit group together at Savvy Authors. So i got to read a little bit of this story earlier than most, back in the writing stage and even then i knew it was going to be good. But I am going to do a honest review, because I believe in being truthful.
When I am looking for something to read, I look for books that are different. It’s not easy. This book fits. Dina, the author nailed it on the head. There are quite a few dragon stories out there, but this has a different flavour to it than most but still retains the dragon feel. It works. I don’t read that many dragon books but i loved how there were different dragon types and the lore that you could only be one. I also liked the unique world she built.
Here is the blurb:
Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.
When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to his pulsing energy. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.
Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.
Anna knows or rather senses that things around her are different. So when she is let into the secret world a bit more, she doesn’t run scared but embraces it. Especially when she discovers that humans live with Dragons and Elythia. She can feel the dragon energy from Rakan. They are drawn to each other and make an awesome couple. As the story unfolds Anna learns more and more about the dragons, Elythia and wants it like to be with a dragon. And also what part her friend June plays in it all.
Rakan is struggling. He’s conflicted. His mother wants him to seduce Anna to learn from her memories but he refuses. His half-sister Dvara is not always upfront with him. She has motives that he can’t understand. But no matter what he loves her and wants to protect her. And he is trying to stay true to the dragon code. He’s a believable character. Very realistic because we as humans struggle with staying true to others and staying true to ourselves.
The secondary characters have their own story entwined with the main plot. They make up the plot and help you understand the other characters motives. And awesome way to show character development from another’s eyes.
The world is strong but there was bits at the beginning that was fully on and confusing. I understood more by the middle and towards the end, but right at the beginning i was a bit overwhelmed with who was what, what they did etc. But otherwise i think the world building was effective. I loved how Dina, the author entwined humans, dragons and the Elythia. It was well done.
Overall this book is a must read. It’s fresh, new and different. Captivating and strong. I loved reading every second of it and can’t wait for the next books
You can find the same review on my Goodreads account.