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(Dragon Ridden Chronicles #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,085 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Tate leads a life full of secrets. Having an incredibly life-like dragon tattoo that moves when nobody is looking and no memory of her life prior to eight months ago can make things difficult. When a momentary impulse leads Tate to return an ancient hairpin to its rightful owner, it sparks a chain of events that soon affects every aspect of Tate’s life. Now with several pe ...more
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published December 25th 2012
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Casey Very, very small. It expands in the series, but it's on such a minute scale it's almost not worth mentioning. It definitely focuses on fantasy not rom…moreVery, very small. It expands in the series, but it's on such a minute scale it's almost not worth mentioning. It definitely focuses on fantasy not romance. (less)

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Jun 30, 2016 added it
I have no idea what rating this book deserves. It has some fantastic points, plot, at leadt part of the world builing, but at the same time it left me strongly disappointed.

The book started with a bang, and an heroine worth salivating over. Then she was slowly morphed in the most irritating new trend, the NA grrlll. Stupid, placid, inoffensive. A dragon 'rider' with a mystical past turned into a child. Without reason. You keep wondering how. It really doesn't fit the story. This was warrior/sol
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I’ve loved all the series by this author but this one is a struggle for me. My biggest issue was that I struggled to like any of the characters. There is potential for the heroine but everyone else in her life in this first book seemed to betray her in one way or another. It’s kind of hard for me to like them because of that and how do you like a series where you don’t care for the characters? I also realize there are things we don’t know yet as a reader so there is potential for things to turn ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After reading the very excellent Broken Lands series by T.A. White, I embarked on the Dragon Ridden Chronicles. The writing is absorbing, and the sidekicks are plentiful. I see some similarities in the structure, especially with a misfit young female protagonist who is surrounded by other misfit male side characters. The action is non-stop. The backdrop to the world is a mystery, just like Broken Lands.

However, I have to admit I didn't like this series quite as well. There is a stronger young ad
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
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E Varady
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
An ok read

I read both this book and Pathfinder's Way and found them interesting. The world is nicely complex and not so standard for fantasy series. I rate this one a two out of five, even though I liked it, for a number of reasons. First, there are just too many grammar issues. Apostrophes missing or added incorrectly, awkward commas, the wrong words used (ex: tact vs tack). It really needs some editing. Second, this book and even Pathfinder spend way too much time in the character's head and o
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the stories that TA White comes up with, this one actually appealed to me more than the Vampire one.
1. The heroine has no memory and there is a mystery to it all
2. The supporting characters and world building- Dewdrop and Night are awesome
3. The love interest, its a typical SLLOOOWWWW burn that TA White seems to do but at least there isn't the "I like you, kisses, but no relationship growth". This one flirts with the possibility but doesn't promise anything.

So, I treated it like a
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and quickly paced!

To start this is more of a 3.5 and a lot of that comes down to Tate being a dunderhead for half the book. At the start we get a detailed description of the "dragon-ridden", men who bond with dragons and essentially gain longevity of life, lots of power, ability to shapeshift into said dragon and shakels of responsibility to the Emperor. This detailed explanation does include the fact women have not bonded in a very, very long well as moving dragon tattoo is a dead
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars

I've only recently discovered this author, Dragon-Ridden being the 5th book of hers I've read in the last 2 weeks. I didn't mind the story, but when I compare it to her other books it is a 3 star read.

I liked the characters in Tate's inner circle, and the plot has a lot going on regarding Tate, the main female character. No memory prior to being found by pirates, and she has a wickedly realistic dragon tattoo on her arm. Tate, despite not knowing who she is, is very strong, resilient an
There was stuff I liked about this, and stuff I really didn't.

Mostly, I didn't like that Tate was easily manipulated, to such a degree that she'd just roll over for whoever, and not be mad for more than 10 seconds.

In this book, she was manipulated pretty much constantly. Betrayed repeatedly. Used as a pawn. Beaten and tortured. The entire series of events can be laid at the feet of Ryu and Jost, people she thought were friends but who just fucked her over repeatedly, and kept putting her into h
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So Interesting

I originally read this two years ago and loved it. Tate is fun, but she sure knows how to make a mess. I love her, though and there are things I've guessed about her past, but there's still a bell of a lot to learn and I want to know if all. I really want to know how Tate and everyone around here will react.

I love Tate's motley crew, too. I'm sure things will be developing with Ryu as well and I want to see more of Jost and his crew, too.
This was a disappointing start in comparison with the other T.A. White books I’ve read. The heroine’s actions baffled me more and more as the book progressed and her reactions to certain events made no sense at all. I loved parts of it and can appreciate the idea behind it all but I find the execution a bit flawed. In any case points to the author cause I can definitely tell she has grown as a writer and storyteller in the last 7 years.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Dragon Ridden is an entertaining, imaginative, well-written book with a fantastically feisty female lead. White created a unique world that combines fantasy, religion and culture with enough detail to illustrate Tate's surroundings without bogging down the reader. I like Tate's character! She is both funny and a badass. Despite her good intentions, she seems to constantly get into trouble--but she also fights back with gusto and smart -aleck remarks. She's my kind of heroine!
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Not good like Pathfinder's Way (The Broken Lands #1)
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Hero

The MC is wonderful. She's amnesiac, has a handful of friends, pragmatic and lonely. Despite that she's curious and has a moral center that most of the other characters don't grasp (of course, they are almost all pirates, violent criminals, power crazed nobles and/or misogyny-damaged women).

Her decisions are awesome and even when she's dying it makes a hopeful statement about the purpose of living. Her personal history and the history of the planet, involve a technology the barest t
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Heather Gilbert
Very good

Ebbs and flows of a complicated fantasy with a touch of science fiction to round out the action. Intriguing, a touch confusing and completely entertaining, this is a fun ride with a complicated plot. A few typos.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Not lesfic but I liked it. Tate's such a cool character but man I feel sorry for her. So many people playing with her memory loss and taking advantage of her. I'm happy some truth came out in the end for her... and who knows, maybe she's able to build a foundation of friends/family around her now.
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It's gonna be a review for all three books.
Before this one, I read The Broken Land trilogy, and book one of The Firebird Chronicles. All those books have a lot of similarities. A bit too much for me. All three main characters sigh a lot, are cut in one way or another from their past and have virtually no way to reconnect with. What bother me the most in this trilogy is that Tate don't grow, she's always the same, she have the same flaws, react the same way, always. No evolution, no questioning o
Jessica Donegan
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's a complete adventure with an opportunity for a sequel if desired.

I loved that the main character was written in such a way that she could have been a man or a woman. Yes there are some "girl only" scenarios like "there's no record of a woman dragon ridden" or the occasional threat to rape her, but her personality fits with a boy or a girl. It was refreshing to see a stubborn, curious, contrary, resourceful and smart woman. She's strong, independent, and gets to
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The author had a great concept here and then blew it during the execution. First female Dragon ridden Tate could have been awesome. But she was lumbered by an author who couldn't keep her character's non-past and her motivations lined up. Question, if Tate was found 8 months ago, kept in a cage on board, had to learn English - where did she find time to discover how to be a conman/pirate etc. Spouting off things like - loyalty is the only thing that ever matters. And - I need to be able to look ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Favourite Line: “Although there was no reason to tell the truth, sometimes a lie was much more fun”

Firstly I would like to say I really enjoyed this book so much that I went onto reading the next one straight away 🤦🏾‍♀️

That’s the main character is a “accidental” pirate with no recollection of her past, she has a tattoo that sometimes moves on her arm and no idea of the meaning of it. On a series of unfortunate events Tate becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that has nothing to do with her and n
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
On the one hand, I really enjoyed this book. Like, a lot.

On the other hand, there are definitely some issues. Like, a lot.

It could have done with tighter editing. There are enough obvious typos and errors to annoy me. It could have also used a bit more diversity in the cast; besides the protagonist and two villains, every major character (and most of the minors) were all male. And Tate, the protagonist, is a bit one-dimensional. I suppose you could write that off to her memory loss, but she ju
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I've been meaning to read this book forever and finally got around to it!

... I think there are less editing issues than the Broken Lands books - maybe. (?) Or I was so tired ... >.> or have written so many self pub'd books that are iffy I can't tell ...
HOWEVER there were still some typos/word errors etc. >.< Most noticeably the misspelling of "whoa" - which thankfully I think was only done once in the book - this author writes "woah" which UGH just typing that made me itchy and uncomfortable and
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
The story is about Tate. A pirate ship found her on an island with amnesia. She has a dragon tattoo on her arm. Sometimes it moves or she hears a voice, which has her wondering if she is losing her mind. As sailors are a superstitious lot, she decides to leave the ship before some of them make good on her threats. Unfortunately, deserting on a pirate vessel is punishable by death. When one of their members, Ryu, finds her, he blackmails her into accepting an assignment for him. The Kairi, a race ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The writing is really what kept me reading this, even when I would have normally moved on. The premise of this was intriguing after wading through just a portion of what Kindle Unlimited's fantasy section has to offer. Thievery and dragons instead of mating bonds and werewolves with man-angst. Yay!

The beginning was pretty promising, I liked being in Tate's head as she interacted with her pirate friends. But once she "escaped" her character fell into some of the standard fantasy Mary Sue tropes.
Jeffrey Grant
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I got through this book but I was disappointed by the end of it.

I very much dislike protagonists without agency. I really liked the author's Firebird chronicles novels because the main character was a competent badass; she wasn't universally good at everything but what she was good at she excelled in.

Tate, the protagonist here, has none of that. She spends the entire novel basically stumbling around, clueless about everything that's going on. If this was meant to establish a pattern, it seems
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
Kindle Unlimited.

I discovered this author by reading Ilona Andrews' blog. They recommended another book by this author, but THIS one was available on Kindle Unlimited, so I figured I'd give it a try.

There are a few grammatical errors, but it's mostly things like letters missing ("onger" instead of "longer"). I'm more forgiving of typos than I am of actual bad spelling.

Anyway, this book surprised me. It's an interesting mix of fantasy with a sci-fi component that's alluded to, but never really ex
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really liked the idea of the book. I liked the premise, I liked the universe.

However, I didn't enjoy the writing and really didn't like the lead character, Tate. Her decision making feels like a plot device - several times, I wondered why she would do something, then found that it was to get her to the next part of the story. It wasn't to progress her character development. (view spoiler)
This one was pretty good. I've read this author's Broken Lands and Firebird Chronicles series and those show how much this author has grown as a writer. Because this one while action packed and having a pretty strong heroine, lacked in good character development. Tate has potential, she's brave, stubborn and reckless, but she's not too smart and doesn't really have the goods yet to back anything up. There's no romance at all in this book, you kind of get a hint there might be some but you don't ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
five stars for half the book, then developed fairly serious flaws

It was going to be a five but then the story developed two problems (the second one is a spoiler so I won't include it):
first and main issue was 'the MC kept having no plan or a very bad plan and yet they all worked anyway, for no good reason except the author needed to get her out of another trap.'

I stopped trusting the author at that point, and it's too bad. Up til then the characters were intriguing, the world was rich and had
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