I really enjoy this series. The family dynamics are funny, even if it is a dragon family! I actually laughed out loud once or twice. This is book 2, aI really enjoy this series. The family dynamics are funny, even if it is a dragon family! I actually laughed out loud once or twice. This is book 2, and Julius is sucked into the middle of his mother's plot to move to the top of the dragon pecking order. Bob's nemesis, the seer from the three sisters dragon clan, has a secret weapon. Julius is the long-shot wild-card in the seers' game, and he and his mage love interest Marci beat the long odds several times. I really liked how Ghost turns out to be so important and helpful to Marci. Looking forward to more about that in the next book. ...more
This was published in 2004, so nearer the beginning of Lilith Saintcrow's career, which may explain why this novel seems different than most of hers.This was published in 2004, so nearer the beginning of Lilith Saintcrow's career, which may explain why this novel seems different than most of hers. It's not all that dark, really. And it's a straight-up paranormal romance, for the most part. There's some sappy stuff here - not Saintcrow's usual at all. It's about a group of witches and a secret society of witch protectors who magically bond when they find "their" witch. Dante finds Theodora. They click. He protects. She becomes super magically powerful. Good guys win. Lots of wiccan references. ...more
Everharts: the early years. Ever wonder about the witch family Everhart's ancestors? Well now you don't have to! This is the beginning of Hannah EverhEverharts: the early years. Ever wonder about the witch family Everhart's ancestors? Well now you don't have to! This is the beginning of Hannah Everhart's story in Revolutionary American, and after this ebook, the story is continues in the email newsletters of the two authors. In this book, young Hannah meets other magic users and learns a bit about that world. She also banishes an Unseelie using a stolen jewel (she returns it after.)...more
I loved the humor of this book and immediately bought the second book in the series. In this one young dragon Julius has his ability to shift to dragoI loved the humor of this book and immediately bought the second book in the series. In this one young dragon Julius has his ability to shift to dragon form taken from him as punishment for lacking ambition and being too nice. He's sent to the only city in the US that doesn't allow dragons on a mission with a tight deadline. If he doesn't complete the mission, he'll lose his life at his mom's orders. His mom is not going to win mother of the year. He's got more siblings that he can count, and they have interesting personalities that entertained me. He teams up with a magic-using human woman and pulls off something pretty impressive with the help of his seer older brother, Bob....more
My 10 year old daughter bought this book at the 2015 National Book Festival and fell in love with it. She and her best friend each read it twice. TheyMy 10 year old daughter bought this book at the 2015 National Book Festival and fell in love with it. She and her best friend each read it twice. They found it AMAZING. I've read more of the YA fantasy genre than they have, and I find this book good, just not actually amazing. The premise feels original to me - I haven't come across it before. This is not a girly mermaid book at all. The mer-people with different sea creature qualities were much tougher and more interesting than any other mermaid book I've come across. So points for the creativity of the magic elements. The writing quality is also good - dialogue and emotions made sense - I never stopped and groaned because of writing - but there were two elements that I found weak.
1) Unbelievable reaction. If a new sapient species marched onto a beach from the sea, there is no way at all that the government would allow the rabble to stay in close proximity to them. The entire area would have been evacuated and replaced with an army, scientists, and representatives of all sorts of different interests. The powers that be would not have allowed thugs to be their ambassadors. Is it believable that the government acts stupidly, especially when it comes to how it treats other cultures? Yes. The governor and the dead marines are believable, but not the overall situation. This is too much of a scientific miracle for the science community to not have had a huge role in first contact. It's obvious that the author is cobbling together the many horrible examples our government has given us of exactly how to mismanage threat and cultural differences, not to mention the xenophobic and ignorant preferences of many within our electorate. I just don't feel that it holds up. There's a lot of people who aren't morons, too. They are vastly underrepresented in this book, and that makes no sense in context. The author even says that a lot of the country/world is enamored with the mer-people. So the premise is really weak, from my perspective.
2) 180 power up of heroine. In the last few chapters of the book, the heroine goes from deliberately meek to a bad ass with tremendous magical power. It doesn't work. You have to build up to something like that. You can't say "3 years ago I was bold and reckless" as the entire underpinning of a 180 personality change. This was bad story development. I'm guessing the author needed to get to Z, and instead of following the path through the alphabet to get there, he decided that magic can explain anything and took a shortcut. That's a sign of bad fantasy writing. Good fantasy writers make rules for magic that have to be followed, and all good writers take their readers on the ride of character development. This wasn't the only character-development shortcut, but it was the one that slapped me in the face the hardest.
Is it worth the time to read? Yes. It's not a long book - I finished it in a few hours. I hope the storytelling/editing improves in the next book.