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One Good Dragon Deserves Another

(Heartstrikers #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  7,212 ratings  ·  530 reviews
After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Be ...more
Kindle Edition, 487 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Aaron/Bach, LLC
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John Min 10 to 100! Fun story, lots of love, no graphic details - Julius wishes there was more kissing, something seems to thwart them at most turns. This woul…more10 to 100! Fun story, lots of love, no graphic details - Julius wishes there was more kissing, something seems to thwart them at most turns. This would be a fine book for older kids and adults, just like Harry Potter books. (less)
Debbie I would say teens and above. Sex gets mentioned a few times, and there is some young person (20's) about whether to kiss the other person.... and ther…moreI would say teens and above. Sex gets mentioned a few times, and there is some young person (20's) about whether to kiss the other person.... and there is some name calling of the Heartstriker (the Mom dragon who had a bunch of egg clutches (aka kids) about once a century and the other dragons called her 'Whore' for this.)(less)

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May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy fans
Recommended to Petrik by: TS Chan
4.5/5 stars

Simply a superb improvement in quality.

One Good Dragon Deserves Another is the second book in Rachel Aaron’s Heartstrikers series and it is a VAST improvement from the first book. The first book was a 3.5 stars read for me, this book received 4.5 stars (rounded up on Goodreads) from me. Urban fantasy is really not my favorite genre and that’s why I’m completely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The story itself isn’t even something special, it’s great of course, but it’s the
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's OFFICIAL! The Heartstrikers series now belongs to my shelf of Favorites! YEY!

Warning! This review contains lots of blabbering, fangirling and random fanarts (done by me, so no suing, ok? For higher res:


The story begins a few months after the first book ends and what a start it is! We finally get to meet Bethesda, the Boss/Mother of the Strongest Dragon Clan, and some of her older children! We also have a few epic Bob and Justin scenes that ma
Robin (Bridge Four)
5 count them 5 Stars


This series is a lot of fun for me and delightfully entertaining. I wish I would have written a review as soon as I finished so I remembered all the great deets, but alas there are so many books and I forgot I hadn’t stopped to tell everyone how great this one is.


I’m usually not a huge fan of beta boys. Overall they can be a little boring, but not Julian, he has so much chaos going on around him there is no time for him to be boring at all. Everything in this story happens in
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, year-2018
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

So this is the installment where the series really grabs you by the face, sits you down, and forces you to see a much bigger picture than you thought possible.

I'm sort of amazed, because I've never had such a great relationship with any Urban Fantasy I've picked up before this one.

The first & most noticeable difference for me personally was the huge improvement in Aaron's writing style. Where there were patches of unnecessary repetition & occasional over-description, the
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I had to wait at least a day after finishing One Good Dragon Deserves Another to write my review, lest I just end up gushing incoherently like a madwoman. That’s because this book was simply amazing. Not only did it manage to be even better than the first book – a magnificent achievement in itself, considering how awesome Nice Dragons Finish Last was and how much I already loved it to pieces – it’s also now vying for the t
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review now posted!

I didn’t realize how much I needed dragons in my life. Man, this book was so much fun. It was everything I was hoping to find in the first book, and then some.

My issues with the writing feeling unpolished and clunky in the first book were completely non-existent in this follow-up. The prose transcended being simple sentences on a page and disappeared, until I wasn’t seeing words on a page but instead saw the events of the book playing out like a movie in mind. That is the
TS Chan
The sequel to Nice Dragons Finish Last was an improvement in every way possible. There is just so much more of everything which made the last book enjoyable that the series is shaping up to be a fantastic one.

The worldbuilding was more expansive as we get to see and learn more about the magic of dragons and of the spirits of the earth. Rachel Aaron has created a really unique setting for this series and the backstory of how dragons ended up on earth was truly captivating. Even though the exposi
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*** 5 ***

I just finished listening to the second book of the Heartstriker family dragon saga and I am stoked!!! This is turning out to be one of my favorite new series. Ms Aaron has found the right map to my heart and it is populated with dragons!!!
Although I love Julian, him being all idealistic and adorable and all, Marcy is still the stronger character and her potential is unlimited. But I am I love with Chelsy and Katia!!! They stole the show for me in this one, upstaged only by the oldest
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

The littlest dragon and his benevolent family are finally back!

.....and they are crazier than ever. :)


Longer wait for sequel totally paid off, because this book was pure, unadulterated fun. :)

OGDDA is set only a month after the events of first book, just enough for Julius to become comfortable thinking he wiggled out from Bethesda's claws....before it all goes to hell. Dragon politics is like a mix between Game of Thrones and Survivor and Marcy and our baby dragon are dragged right in the middle
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those series I just find a whole heap of fun. It's filled with exciting ideas about bloodthirsty dragons, the lady of the lake, humans, mages and more. the first book I definitely enjoyed more than I anticipated, and this one was exactly the same. Filled with action and drama and lots of good twists from the Dragon Seers who can influence the future. I just think it's pretty great.

We're once more following Julius, one of the youngest Heartstrikers Dragons who is currently sealed b
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio, dragons
4.5 stars. Very good! Maybe even better than the first book in the series. Marci the Mage (move over, Merlin) and Julius the truly "noble" dragon (kind and wise) are back, even stronger, and with a hint of romance. We see more of secondary characters Bob / Brohomir the Seer, Chelsea the Shade, Justin the warrior, etc. We meet Amelia, A-Clutch dragon Mage. Fun character! We also meet the Lady of the Lake -- Algonquin, and Vann Jager her dragon hunter. Learn more about dragon history, and about Gh ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reread, favorites
4.5 stars, rounded up!
Rachel Aaron’s ONE GOOD DRAGON DESERVES ANOTHER is witty, fresh, and fun. A sequel that expands on world building, characters, and the series plot makes this one a winner.

Our story opens two months after the events of the first book and Julius Heartstriker and his human mage friend Marci are hiding out in the DFZ. Who are they hiding from? Depends who you ask, but anyone bearing the name of Julius’ dragon clan –Heartstriker – is someone to avoid so far as he’s concerned. But family is tough to d
Maria Dimitrova
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When is the release date for the next book? I need to know! Waiting for months after an ending like this (view spoiler) is going to be hard. So I guess I found a new series to obssess over. ...more
My daughters and I were all very excited to listen to One Good Dragon Deserves Another on our holiday road trip. We loved the first book in the series and really enjoyed the narrator. We were not disappointed; this second book in the series is just as good as the first one was and once again the narrator does a great job. One great thing is that my daughter, who doesn't really care to read very much, really likes listening to these.

It was a nice treat to revisit Julius, Marcy, Ghost Cat (whom w
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Review from Tenacious Reader:

3.5/5 stars

What can I say? I really hoped to love this one as many of my trusted blogger friends did. And while I did enjoy it over all I definitely did not love it. I have had a hard time deciding exactly why that is, and it may just come down to I find Julius a bit boring and I got a little sick of the whole “nice dragon” thing. While things get “hard” for him during the book, I feel like the solutions almost seem to come ea
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

This was a great continuation of the series!

I liked all the same great things that I liked in the first book. The dragons were cool. The plot and pacing were excellent and kept me gripped and wanting more. The characters were unique and interesting and mostly likeable, despite whatever flaws they may have. There was even some humor throughout the book; these books aren't too heavy, at least not so far in the series.

What really stood out this time though was the whole cast of chara
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overall rating = 4.5 stars

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

Read my in-depth interview with Rachel Aaron as she reveals some starling factoids and secrets of the Heartstriker series & world.

CLASSIFICATION: The Heartstriker series is an action-packed urban fantasy series with a strong dose of comedy, post-apocalyptic SF themes and dragons.

ANALYSIS: Ever since I got my hands on The Spirit Thief, the debut book by Rachel Aaron, I’ve been enchanted by the worlds she imagines and the characte
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series so much.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
One of those rare series that gets significantly better with the second book.

Julius and Marci now have their own business in the DFZ as magical creature pest control. But Justin's exposure as a dragon in the DFZ has had consequences and the dragon hunters are out in force. At the same time Estella has returned from her trip to the planes and she's brought with her the means to take down the Heartstriker clan completely.

The first book set the stage and introduced us to a lot of characters and the
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; stars; A-

I really enjoyed this second addition to the Heartstriker series. There are many characters with great potential and I look forward to more books with this particular cast.
The only flaws were an excessive amount of navel gazing and internal dialog at some points. Besides that, there was an inventive magic system, good pacing, and lots of humorous moments.
I both listened to and read the book. As with the first in this series, I really enjoyed the abilities of the narrator, Vikas A
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
🔥 BR with my Waifu while we stroll inconspicuously & casually af through the MacHalo mansions 🔥

This was so good! So. Good!

Also know I has so many questions, so many. Giddy Ugh!

Gimme book #3! I needs it, now!

Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in this series some time ago and *quite* liked it. It was ok. I only picked this up because I’d just read another series set in the same world by this author and really enjoyed it, so thought I’d give Heartstrikers another chance. This book was a completely different beast. The politics, manoeuvring, the development in relationships, the action, the whole shebang was seriously ramped up. Excellent stuff!
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

One Good Dragon Deserves Another is a solid second entry in the Heartstrikers series, expanding the world and adding in some interesting new characters.

After surviving his mother’s test, Julius is trying to stay out of the way of the more powerful dragons in his clan and carve out a quiet life for himself. To the surprise of no one, things don’t turn out quite as he had planned and Julius and Marci are soon pulled into a mess that puts in the crosshairs of his own clan, another powerfu
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fast paced, intense action, fun and quirky characters. Nice continuation and fully recommended for fans of the last book.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, audiobooks
I think I liked this one even more than the first. So excited to see where this goes! 😍
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I almost never individually review each book in a series but this series was so good it deserves some sort of praise. Terrific piece of work right here, folks.
alicat ♡➹♡
Phew what a ride! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its amazing characters (Bob! Chelsie! Marcy! Julius!) - reading it with my waifu made it twice as awesome. ...more
Karma♥Bites ^.~
Read/finished (audio): 2 Sept 2018 (★★★★½)

Picks up @ 1 month after #1. Utterly enjoyable w/ mix of ups & downs, humorous moments, further insights into various Heartstriker siblings & 2 separate 'trials' overlying this book. Love certain aspects of WB in this series.

*two thumbs up* for the N&N!

(Auntie has already started #3)
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
10/17/15 FINISHED BUT ... I DUNNO HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS. I'm going to need a day to get my feels together.

10/18/15 3 Stars and I feel guilty about that... >>; I truly wanted to love this more. I do love parts of this book insanely but as a whole, it flopped for me.

I LOVED Ghost and the taking down of that Dragon Hunter. That was really awesome. I pretty much loved the book until this point and it went downhill from there for me. That honestly felt more like the climax and conclusion, and everyt
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Hello, my name is Rachel Aaron, and I write the Heartstriker books, a new Urban Fantasy series about misfit dragons, starting with Nice Dragons Finish Last. I also wrote The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series for Orbit Books about a wizard thief and the poor bastards who have to try and stop him. PLUS I'm also the author of the new, rolicking fun Science Fiction romance Fortune's Pawn under the ...more

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