Why oh why do I stick with a series when I don’t like the main character? Jacinda is overly dramatic and Will is pretty two dimensional and I was neveWhy oh why do I stick with a series when I don’t like the main character? Jacinda is overly dramatic and Will is pretty two dimensional and I was never on board with their romance. Cassian was intriguing and more of a romantic interest in my opinion but his character is never really explored. Despite that I wanted to know what happened. Now I find myself disappointed and a little irritated for holding out hope that I would like where the story went. Jacinda is determined to rescue Cassian’s sister from the Enkros and they come up with a plan that only works because they are the good guys. Then after all the build up, the climax is hardly that. The story just kind of peters into an summarized ending about what happens to all the characters. There were a lot of unfinished plot pieces. (view spoiler)[ Cassian and Jacinda’s bond is conveniently forgotten. Will the bond break or is Cassian doomed to never bond with someone else? There are betrayals that are never explained. Why would Jabel betray her own kind? How did she benefit? And more importantly what about the Enkros and Hunters that they stirred up? Do those guys just fade back into being boogey men while Jacinda and Will go off and leave happily ever after? (hide spoiler)] So both the plot and the characters ended up being a bust. Luckily I got them for free from the library so I am not out anything more than my time....more
The story starts out about 40 years after an uneasy peace has been achieved between humans and dragons. There is still plenty of animosity on both sidThe story starts out about 40 years after an uneasy peace has been achieved between humans and dragons. There is still plenty of animosity on both sides. One of the Princes has just died in a suspiciously draconian manner, and the dragon leader is soon visiting to celebrate the anniversary of peace. The atmosphere is tense and conflict could easily break out again. Caught in the middle is Seraphina, who is half dragon. If her parentage is discovered it will cost her life. Her unique understanding of dragons ends up getting her involved in the investigation into the prince’s death. The Captain of the guard is very perceptive, and Seraphina has to work hard at keeping her secrets while helping him root out traitors who wish to end the peace.
Hartman has created a complex, detailed world. Her take on dragons was refreshingly unique. The differences between their cultures made for such believable difficulties. Seraphina was a great character. Her struggles to hide who she is, and her difficulty with her mixed heritage made for compelling reading. Really all of the characters were nicely developed. The plot is twisty and has several unexpected developments. The tension builds slowly until it’s hard to put the book down. A very promising debut, I look forward to seeing what she writes next.
Special thanks to Negalley for the Advanced Reader Copy. ...more
I love books with dragons, so the cover of Pillage just reached out and grabbed me. The dragons weren't as prominent as the cover lead me to believe,I love books with dragons, so the cover of Pillage just reached out and grabbed me. The dragons weren't as prominent as the cover lead me to believe, but it was a fun read anyway. When Beck Phillip's mother dies he is sent to live with an uncle he has never met. When he arrives he discovers a crumbling mansion, grumpy caretakers, and an uncle that never comes down from the attic. He is strongly warned to stay out of the back yard, supposedly because it's so overgrown that it's dangerous. Beck has never been very good at following orders, so he goes exploring. What he discovers will change his life forever.[return][return]Beck's character was a lot of fun. He has this slightly sarcastic take on the world around him, and he just can't let go of the mysteries he is surrounded by even though it will almost definitely get him into trouble. There were lots of twists and turns and the mystery is tantalizingly slow to be revealed. And never fear, the dragons do make a dramatic appearance....more
Humans have been tracking one of the last living dragons near their community. In an effort to save some of her newly laid eggs, the dragon gathers twHumans have been tracking one of the last living dragons near their community. In an effort to save some of her newly laid eggs, the dragon gathers two in her arms and flies away. The hunters wound her and she is only able to save one egg by leaving it in a warm nest. That is how Tephra is born into a large family of Roc birds. [return][return]This was a nice little story about being different, what it means to be family, and finding your niche. There are nice illustrations scattered through out the book that will appeal to young readers. This will probably be a good choice for kids who are expanding their reading level to small chapter books, especially if they enjoy fantasy stories. More developed readers may find the story a little too basic for their liking....more
Dragonswood is basically a medieval fantasy. There are witch burnings right along with fairies and dragons. The Dragonswood is a sanctuary for all magDragonswood is basically a medieval fantasy. There are witch burnings right along with fairies and dragons. The Dragonswood is a sanctuary for all magical creatures. It was set up during the time of Queen Rosalinda (see Dragon's Keep). The old king has died and the heir is away fighting the crusades. The peace between humans and magical creatures is fraying. The main character Tess is drawn to Dragonswood even though going inside of the boundaries is forbidden. She keeps a dangerous secret; she sees the future in the firelight. When a witch hunter comes to town, Tess quickly gets accused. She ends up fleeing with two of her closest friends. Eventually help comes from Gareth the Huntsman, who is willing to help them hide from the witch hunter. [return][return]The medieval setting was strongly written. The witch persecutions and torture were horribly believable. The writing style is slightly lyrical and a little slow paced. I was able to figure out a few of the plot revelations before they happened, but it was still enjoyable to watch Tess get there too. There are references to the first book, Dragon's Keep, but it is not necessary to have read that one before picking this one up. The first half of the book doesn't have much of a fantasy feeling to it. I was disappointed that it took so long for the magical creatures to make an appearance. But I did like how everything wrapped up. Each character's ending fit with their history and nothing felt too sappy....more
This was an average book, nothing to make it stand out in my mind. We have the standard plot of warring kingdoms marrying a son and a daughter to endThis was an average book, nothing to make it stand out in my mind. We have the standard plot of warring kingdoms marrying a son and a daughter to end the war. We have someone who does not want to see the war end, concoting an evil plot, and two teenagers discovering the plot and trying to solve it. There were elements that should have made it stand out, like the dragon, but they didn't succeed. Since dragon is in the title I thought he would be a large part of the story. It wasn't. That was one of the main reasons I picked up the book, but we brush over the bond Jakl and Meg have and he really is only featured as transportation and a tiny part at the end. A lot of the magic is only touched on, we never find out what caused Calen and Meg to get transported far away. Calen and Meg are the only characters that are fleshed out at all, Meg's sisters and parents, and Calen's master are all just figures that are not explained. I was left wondering about Calen's master, why was he so aloof? Then right at the end another bad guy is introduced and the story itself says only the battle is won, not the war. They know the bad guys will show up again. I, however, will not be picking up the next story....more
This had the feel of a paranormal Romeo and Juliet story, two lovers kept apart by their differences. Jacinda is a Draki (human descended from dragonsThis had the feel of a paranormal Romeo and Juliet story, two lovers kept apart by their differences. Jacinda is a Draki (human descended from dragons) and Will a Hunter of Draki. Their ability to shape shift into human form is one of the few things that keeps the Draki safe from Hunters. When Jacinda breaks the rules and flies during daylight hours she almost gets caught by a group of hunters. Will saves her life by not exposing her hiding place. This all leads to her family fleeing their home. Her mother thinks it would be safer if Jacinda’s inner Draki dies off so she chooses to resettle them in a desert area where apparently Draki can’t survive despite their Dragon origins. Jacinda doesn't want to loose a part of herself so she fights against this fate. And then wonder of wonders who should she meet at school but Will, who doesn’t recognize her human form. And even better he revives her Draki. So Jacinda has to walk a fine line between keeping her Draki alive and not exposing herself to a clan of Hunters. Yes it is dramatic and complicated. [return][return]I started out really enjoying this story, but by the end I really was disappointed. Jacinda is almost manic. She constantly flip flops between her two options. First she wants to keep her Draki alive no matter what the cost, then she decides Will is too great a cost and it’s not worth it. She is constantly changing back and forth. Much of the plot has no details or explanation to support it, it just is. For example, if they are descended from Dragons why is the desert deadly to them? It just is. Her mother’s refusal to tell Jacinda why they fled and the drastic measures her clan were prepared to take didn’t add up for me. Again there was no story to support it. The characters are not very developed and by the end it just felt like a lot of implausible happenstance to set up a forbidden romance....more
I have just been more and more disappointed in this series, it has gotten so convoluted. We don’t pick up where Dark Fire left off. Instead this storyI have just been more and more disappointed in this series, it has gotten so convoluted. We don’t pick up where Dark Fire left off. Instead this story follows a little boy named David on the world of Co:per:nica. There are vague parallels to the characters in all the previous books. Eventually there is some explanation of why we are following the characters in this world and how they connect to the characters in the other world, but it wasn’t enough to save this story especially at almost 600 pages. I kept finding myself thinking What is going on? and Why do I care about this David and Rosanna? I started this series because of the dragons. As it has progressed the dragons have been involved less and less. Now there is this mixed up parallel world and I find myself very inclined to not bother finishing this series....more
In this fourth installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles, it has been five years since David Rain's death in the arctic. His daughter, Alexa, is now fIn this fourth installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles, it has been five years since David Rain's death in the arctic. His daughter, Alexa, is now five years old. When a reporter starts digging around for information on David, cosmic forces begin to stir and Alexa and all the other residents at Cresent Place are in the middle.[return]The story was solid and moved along fairly well. The plot has gotten more complex and it's been a while since I read the previous story so I couldn't remember some of the details and got a little lost. I don't feel like we get to see enough of the dragons, which is disappointing. But I did get very excited about the ending and I am hoping that the next book continues to flesh out that story....more