I liked this book. I am somewhat disappointed though. I've been waiting so long...
I'm not sure what I was expecting or hoping for. But not enough stu...moreI liked this book. I am somewhat disappointed though. I've been waiting so long...
I'm not sure what I was expecting or hoping for. But not enough stuff happened. At least until the last 10 pages and then 40 things happened, all of which are left unresolved. Clearly set up for another book.
I liked this book enough to read it in less than 24 hours. I'm just not as satisfied as I was hoping I'd be.(less)
**spoiler alert** This was a beautifully written tale about a young princess Rosalinde who was believed to be the 21st queen on Wild Island fulfilling...more**spoiler alert** This was a beautifully written tale about a young princess Rosalinde who was believed to be the 21st queen on Wild Island fulfilling a prophecy by Merlin, returning the island to its former glory.
Being born with a dragon claw however means that this princess' life is filled with secrecy, and a mother hell bent on keeping the secret a secret.
Most people having seen the claw wind up dead...
Wilde Island also plagued by the dragons, people constantly being stolen away and eaten. Hordes of men going to Dragon Keep to retrieve the Pendragon Sceptre, which will undoubtedly aid the Princess reclaiming the glory of the Pendragon family, all man perish and fail.
One day a ship is sighted off the coast of Wilde Island, which happens to be a knight from England, Sir Godrick and his son Kye who have slain the dragon.
Kye and Rose exchange small conversation. The dragons mate arrives and retrieves five eggs from his slain mate and puts them on a boat and drags it out to sea. He returns with mind to burn the village and kill everyone.
The sea turns rough and one of the eggs falls overboard. Rose is quick to warn the dragon.
Rose takes a severe liking toward Kye, in fact you could even say she falls in love with him. She rides out to some cliff and watches as he and his father repair their ship daily.
One day he rides up behind her and requests that she follow him because he has something to show her. It is the dragon egg, it is broken. Kye is interested in another prophecy of Merlins, Bright fire. Dragon's fire. Broken Sword. One black talon ends the war! and asks Rose why she warned the dragon about his egg. She lies and says it was to save everyone from the dragon, Kye is disappointed by this answer.
The net day all goes terribly wrong. The royal party goes out hunting, and from pride Rose wishes to avoid certain people (Kye) and travels away from the party, her horse and her fall into a ravine, her ankle is broken and she is pursued by wolves.
Kye the heroic lad that he is dashes to her rescue and now not only is he dragonslayer, but wolfslayer too. The princess is bleeding all over the place and Kye gallantly rips of his shirt to bandage her up, in doing so he removes her gloves (which hide her talon) and sees her disgraceful appendage. He says nothing.
In the next week or so while she's in a bed somewhere healing and dreaming of Kye, her love, he's sailing off to war with all the other men and knights for the Queen of England against some usurping King Stephen.
After all her grief and yearning for Kye and all the other people she loves dying and being sent away her mother still insists she frock up for the May Day celebrations and have a good time.
During this May Day the Male Dragon returns and takes her away. He spares her life, but she must work hard and take care of his four baby dragons Chawl-'mighty claw', Kadmi- 'great fire', Eetha- 'ruler of the air and Ore- 'precious one' all of whom refer to her talon as her beautiful part.
She spends a year or so helping and learning and loving the baby dragons, when drama unfolds. A massive storm comes on a day her lady in waiting just so happens to visit also, and having made a vow with Lord Faul (the daddy dragon) that she would never speak to another human again so long as he never ate a human again, she is unable to speak to her beloved friend.
She sends her away silently. Returning to the dragon cave, where the cave is about to be flooded off the map because of trees falling in the river and creating a dam. Lord Faul says they must all go out in the rain and dig the trees out. So they do, another mudslide occurs and Kadmi is trapped beneath, all try to dig him out with little success.
Kit (the lady in waiting) returns and rushes down to help dig out the baby dragon when a huge current sweeps Ore away down the river - alas this baby dragon cannot swim. Kit dives in after her. The rest continue digging furiously away trying to save Kadmi. Unfortunately despite their efforts he drowns.
They leave Kadmi and set out to find Kit and Ore. Further down the river they find Ore washed up against some rocks luckily still breathing, the find the the reason she is stuck against the rocks is Kit wedged beneath her securing her safety. Kit unfortunately is dead.
They bury Kadmi and Kit, then return to their cave and set to cleaning it about. Laud Faul becomes ill with rattly breathing, he eventually dies by crying, because he never thought a human would give its life for a dragon. As we are told previously in a book, Dragons must not cry because it will kill them.
So now having Lord Faul die, the three youngsters left return Rose to Wilde Island because Kit had told her Magnus (a jerk face jerk, who had gotten her mother addicted to poppy potion, i'm going to say opium and killed her mother) and taken the throne himself.
Now she is captured and trialled as a witch for surviving a year with dragons.
On the day of her hanging she manages to struggle free and is grabbed by a monk. She recognises this monks startling blue eys, it is Kye. He wishes to speak about her 'blood lines', she freaks out thinking he's going to tell everyone of her dragon blood and her talon.
He reveals, that he has travelled to Dragons Keep and found it abandoned, he has retrieved the Pendragon Sceptre and now proves her lineage he mentions nothing of her claw. He also tells the people of a 'diary' he found while sheltering the rain on Dragons Keep and he tells them of the Princesses struggles and her deal with the dragon to save them all.
Kye and Rose get married and on a midsummer's eve fair seven dragons swooped down out of the sky and encircled the festivities. Rose and Kye stepped forward, the dragons pulled off her glove and kissed her talon. Kye seeing what the dragons offered by a kiss, turned and broke his sword upon some nearby stones and laid it in front of the dragons. Someone yelled a peace gift from the dragons upon seeing her talon. She held it up for everyone to see.
Everyone rejoiced and they all lived in peace and happiness forever and ever and ever and ever.
I started this book quite apprehensively. I was ready to quit when it got to parts quite similar to Twilight, the whole just tell us already and the w...moreI started this book quite apprehensively. I was ready to quit when it got to parts quite similar to Twilight, the whole just tell us already and the we should stay away from each other crap. But I pushed on through, to much delight.
I really liked the twists and turns the story took and it's ways of not giving so much away. Although I did predict a lot of things from the prologue.
Then much to my dismay after only a slight glimpse of a revelation the book finished and said "The next book in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate September 2010."
I WANTED TO STAB SOME ONE!!!
WHY THE HELL CAN'T PEOPLE JUST WRITE A NOVEL, A STAND ALONE NOVEL, THAT ENDS AT THE LAST PAGE WITH FULLY GLORIFYING CLOSURE? I DON'T WANT TO BUY 3 MORE BOOKS TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL 2012 FOR THE END OF THE FREAKING STORY. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BUY A BOOK, READ IT, BE FINISHED WITH THAT STORY AD MOVE THE HELL ON TO SOMETHING ELSE!!!! (less)
Ok, so with most Young Adult books I've read post Twilight. I've been very cynical. I think I even said about one of the previous books that it was re...moreOk, so with most Young Adult books I've read post Twilight. I've been very cynical. I think I even said about one of the previous books that it was reminiscent of Star Wars (in parts and not entirely original - it's not, but she makes up for that with awesomeness, in this book). I didn't make that up.
Very, very clever writing Ms Clare. You had me, then you lost me, then you pulled me right back in - ripped my heart out, then stuffed it right back in with a soaring sensation of euphoria, I could not have possibly dreamed of.
I love you. This very second, you are my favourite. Well at least 2nd favourite, I don't think I'm ready to demote Harry.
Well people in all seriousness - this book was absolutely fabulous. It was full suspense and action, lies, betrayal and all that good plot building stuff.
I really loved how this one ended, I think I could even personally just say that I'll consider the series over. After finishing that I am satisfied, I don't need more - even though I know there is more to come. An extra book and a prequel series.
However the thing I hate most about this book - is the Stephanie Meyer quote on the cover. This book is better than anything she could ever have dreamed of. It's a shame the publishers felt praise from her on the cover would sell the book.
It exceeded any expectations I had for a Paranormal Romance genre book in this 'climate'.