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Redheart (Leland Dragon Series #1)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  104 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Kallon Redheart lives with his back turned on his fellow dragons, on humans, and on everything he once understood. Riza Diantus is a young woman with dreams too wide to fit inside her village fence. Their unexpected friendship is risky in Leland Province, where drought has stripped the land and superstition has cowed its people.

And the danger only grows. Fordon Blackclaw,
Paperback, Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Meadowhawk Press
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May 24, 2011 Evie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Redheart is the first book in Jackie Gamber's Leland Dragon Series published by Seventh Star Press. It's an excellent YA fantasy adventure, full of magic, intrigue, excitement, love and fast-paced action. This beautiful and heart-warming story will no doubt enthrall readers of all ages!

Kallon Redheart is a red dragon, last in the line of reds and a rightful leader of the Leland province. He's a loner, who long given up on dragons and humans alike. After witnessing his parents being murdered, he
Ranting Dragon
May 04, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephan

Have you ever read a book that you absolutely adored, but when asked to explain why you loved it, you can’t think of any reason? In fact, you can probably think of a couple reasons you should have hated the book instead. That happens to me every now and then, and I call these books guilty pleasures.

This makes reviewing hard. I absolutely adored Redheart. It is the first volume in a young adult fantasy series written by Jackie Gamber, titled The Leeland Dra
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Kallon Redheart is the last of the red dragons. He has retreated from both the dragon world and the human world and wants nothing more than to die. Until he meets Riza. Riza wants something more than a dull life as a wife who questions nothing. She left home to find a place for herself, but all she seems to find is trouble. Kallon rescues her life, but can she rescue him in return?

This was a beautiful story that, while aimed at young adults, is a warm fuzzy read for adults as well. The story is
Dec 21, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ya, review-copy
I was most fortunate to be contacted by Seventh Star Press and asking if I was interested in reviewing a new book for them. I was eager even though I have a TBR pile about as tall as I am, ok taller. I really do need to spend a month or two catching up with things.

I liked the sound of Redheart by Jackie Gamber and was even more excited when it arrived in the mail. The cover is beautiful and the swag I got with it featuring art by Matthew Perry is amazing. Fantastic looking glossy prints of artwo
Sep 19, 2011 Britta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There have been an increase in "dragon" books in YA recently, such as Firelight and Flying Blind, two books I really enjoyed. So the idea of another dragon book seemed appealing. Unfortunately, Redheart and I just did not mix well. Or at all really.

Redheart is not like the "dragon" books I was referring too. That's okay, being different is fine - sometimes great. In this novel, the dragons are actually dragons, not shape shifters. That seemed kind of cool to me, but the logistics just seemed to
A Book Vacation
Jun 19, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventh Star Press has been extremely gracious in giving me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review, and I couldn’t be happier to state that I just loved this book! Gamber is a very talented writer, combining beautiful prose with an intriguing story about a world in which dragons and humans co-exist, though not harmoniously anymore. I was intrigued from the very first chapter, and absolutely adored the narrative style Gamber employs in her writing, as the third person narration all ...more
May 28, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redheart is a YA fantasy novel about dragons. Considering most YA fantasy novels these days are about vampires, I was pretty excited about a little, shall we say, change of scenery. Dragons!

Kallon is our main dragon character; Riza is our main human character. They meet, unexpectedly, and form a shaky friendship. Neither one of them seems to really get along with the rest of their kind. They are both lonely and hurt, unknowingly waiting for each other.

Their friendship takes an interesting jour
Once Upon a Twilight
Although I am not a fan of dragons, I must say that this book was incredibly well written and because of the way it was written and the plot, it captured my attention and I enjoyed reading the book. The author does a great job in the description and personalities of all the different characters, you’ll fall in love. I was a little skeptic in accepting this book just because it was about dragons, but I am glad I did. The book tells a mystery in which it changes characters to fully describe the en ...more
May 13, 2011 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
My summary:

Kallon Redheart is a red dragon, the last red dragon. His father was the leader of the dragons and it is Kallons destiny to follow him but Kallon hasn’t been seen in the dragon community since his father’s death. He lives in his cave far from the human village or the dragon council and he likes it that way. He prefers to be lonely. It’s easier than dealing with his life since the death of both parents. Enter Riza Diatus, a young girl who has left her own village because she chooses to
Book one of the Leland Dragon series, Jackie Gamber’s Redheart imagines an intriguing world of humans and dragons, medieval in feel yet almost modern in the character of changing climate and shadows of fear. Dragons and humans have lived side by side for centuries, but superstition overwhelms memory and common sense all too easily gives way to greed as resources become scarce.

The young dragon Kallon Redheart lives apart from his community, rejecting any obligations due to history and struggling
Oct 21, 2008 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had really high hopes for this book. I mean what's not to love about dragons? I am a huge dragon lover and any book I will read eagerly. That said, this book was a huge disappointment for myself.

Here's why:

From page one I felt as if I was thrown into a book/series that I had obviously failed to catch up on. It felt like there was a huge backstory that I wasn't a part of. Think of it as if you were reading Harry Potter but started on book 5, you'd be lost. Sure, the author reveals bits and pie
Jeanelle Warren
Feb 26, 2014 Jeanelle Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like a Venus Flytrap of literary brilliance, Jackie Gamber’s RedHeart, Book 1 of the Leland Dragon Series takes a refreshing step into my mind. You start this book thinking you know what you’re getting yourself into and then – WHAM! – you’re hit with different thoughts and emotions throughout the entire novel! It has been a while since I’ve not wanted to put a book down and kept promising ‘Ok, next chapter I’ll take a break. No, the next chapter,’ and before you know it, you’re ten chapters late ...more
Jeanne Stumbaugh
Jan 15, 2016 Jeanne Stumbaugh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining fantasy. Not mind-blowing in any respect, but good. Something decent for a quick read.

That being said, however, there are some things that I had issues with. First being world building, and the second character development. Bear also in mind that I have not read the last two books yet, so there might be some additional work done to expand things for me. These issues are only for RedHeart and not for the series in general.

World-building in the story could have been a lot more thor
This is a hard book to rate because there were stages to this book. The beginning was strong, but it quickly fell to a mediocre book, and jumped right back up again at the end.

The opening was good. It seemed to be a good basis to build this world of the Leland Province. The main characters are introduced with intrigue, especially Riza. She made me very interested to continue reading this novel, especially while she spent time around Kallon. Then, however, it seemed like the exposition never sto
1.5 stars.

Redheart reads as though it was written for individuals younger than 15 years of age. Gamber's writing is lyrical and fluid, but can't quite help the book overcome many of the issues it faces with plot and characterization.

Read my full review here:
Jun 03, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Redheart is book one of The Leland Dragon Series.

Once dragons and humans worked in harmony to secure peace upon the lands. However, all good things come to an end when the humans begin to betray the dragons. Raping the land of all its resources and leaving blackened husks in their wake, the humans want more and the dragons have had enough. Enter the manipulation of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon council leader, whose only reason for breathing is to incorporate war upon the lands.

Kallon Redheart is the
William Bentrim
Apr 23, 2011 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Article first published as Book Review: Redheart by Jackie Gamber on Blogcritics which will theoretically get me more traffic on my posts. (

Redheart is book one of the Leland Dragon Series. Leland is the province where Kallon Redheart, a red dragon, resides. The province is in a drought and tensions between dragons and humans are at an all time high. Fordon Blackclaw, the Dragon Council Leader, is using the tensions to further his personal ambitions. This
Alyssa hoffmaster
It took me forever to get through RedHeart. I am reviewing it per author request and I was almost going to quit 100 pages in, but I didn’t want to let the author down so I kept trudging through. It took me a couple weeks and many books later to read through the first half of the book but…..

After I got through the first half of the book I flew through the last half, the first half of the book got 1.5 stars but by the end of the book I rated it 3.5 stars. I really loved it and can’t wait to read t
Truly Bookish
Redheart is a traditional fantasy novel where the main characters (Kallon and Blackclaw) are dragons. Kallon is a red dragon, the last of his kind and has chosen to live in isolation, away from humans and other dragons. Having witnessed his parents’ murder as a young dragon, Kallon is bitter and antisocial, refusing to take his father’s place as the ruler of the dragons. Instead, the dragons are ruled by Blackclaw, a scheming and despicable character with absolutely no redeeming qualities.

Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
When i started reading Redheart i thought it was something similar to Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn. But as the chapter passed, i saw it was going differently at each chapter. Maybe the concept of the dragons vs humans are the same but there are more.

You see a full world of dragons with their mythology,history,ideas. Violent and evil dragons, coward dragons, good dragons. I loved how well was the world created, without leaving you questions. I liked how the dragons were fearsome but they we
Aug 18, 2012 NebraskaIcebergs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
What I like best about Redheart are its misfit characters. There’s Kallon the dragon, who turned his back years ago on his own kind as well as humans, after his father was killed by a human. Kallon mopes around his cave, waiting to die, except when foraging for food. Then there’s the maiden Riza, who’s turned her back on her family and town because she doesn’t think like everyone else. After her fiancee cautions she’ll get “a burnin’ platform to stand on” if she keeps asking dangerous questions ...more
Cassandra (The book & movie dimension blogger)
--Full, non-spoiler review courtesy at Book & Movie Dimension a Blog--

Riza Diantus is an open-minded young woman compared to her fellow humans of her village of Cresvell. In these times dragons are becoming few and people are ignorant enough to hunt them for sport or plain fear. Riza has lived in the village of Cresvell all her life knowing how narrow-minded many of the villagers are that she's grown restless for something bigger or new to fill her life from what she obviouly suspects her li
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Few months back I received an email from a publisher asking me to review one of the books under them and actually wanted to send me a paperback. Its the first time I've received something as such since... well... ever! And I can't believe I took so much time to actually pick up the book.

Redheart is the first book in a new series focused on a dragon protagonist which is completely unique. I haven't read anything like this. At first, the protagonist Kallon, seemed depressing, pitiful and very stu
Lindsay Paige
Interest: Dragons!
Title Thoughts: It totally fits.
Cover Thoughts: I like the heart in the background with the dragon in front sort of guarding it. Then there's the girl who's holding the necklace. While the cover doesn't overall appeal to me, I do like it and how it goes with the book.

This book was slow moving for me. Not that I had to force myself to read it, but I really had to concentrate and stay focused. I did like the story and its characters. They each have something spec
Joanne hale
For a YA novel, it is very good, and fun, and something that a teenager would get into.

I personally had way to many issues, but that didnt make the ride anyless fun. I can see where other reviewers talk about a "shrek" storyline, i wont give nothing away, but you need to finish the story to find out.

I loved the girl, Riza, she was a damsel in distress who wanted to be a strong chick like the chick from brave, but has her moments.

My issues are small but really bothered me, the dragons to me fel
Robin Blankenship
Aug 07, 2011 Robin Blankenship rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I want to say that I loved that this is a Fantasy book written by a woman with a believable female character. She was strong and weak and loving and snippy when she needs to be. Riza was such a dynamic but believable character and I love seeing that in a Fantasy book when so many falter when writing female characters. What else did I love about this book? Yes you guessed it, Dragons. They were amazing. I loved being in the dragon's world. The descriptions of the dragons were amazing. They ...more
Stephen Zimmer
May 12, 2011 Stephen Zimmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, a little disclosure here:

I wrote this review well before I had any idea that Jackie would be coming aboard Seventh Star Press. I couldn't be more happy to be a fellow SSP author with her, as she is simply fantastic as a person and writer. She puts incredible passion and heart into her work, on a level that I rarely encounter in my now-extensive travels through the convention/book fair circuit. I find it hard to imagine that anyone could not root for her, once they have had the good fortun
Jennifer Monzon
Jun 06, 2011 Jennifer Monzon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Although I am not a fan of dragons, I must say that this book was incredibly well written and because of the way it was written and the plot, it captured my attention and I enjoyed reading the book. The author does a great job in the description and personalities of all the different characters, you’ll fall in love. I was a little skeptic in accepting this book just because it was about dragons, but I am glad I did. The book tells a mystery in which it changes characters to fully describe the en ...more
R.J. Sullivan
REDHEART by Jackie Gamber was this summer's novel I read to my children most evenings. At 50 chapters, not being able to read every night, the engaging kid-friendly fantasy made for many memorable evenings as we took in the next chapter in the adventures of Kallon, the moody red dragon, Riza, the human determined to be his friend even if it kills her (and quite often it nearly does), and Jastin Armitage, the misguided mercenary who wants to save Riza from herself, even if it's for his own purpos ...more
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