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True Colors of Betrayal

(The Dragon Songs Saga #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The world knows Kaiya as the Dragon Charmer.

After vanquishing the Last Dragon with the power of her voice, all she wants is to return to a quiet life of anonymity. Instead, the Emperor tasks her with an onerous task: negotiating with the aggressive Teleri Empire for the extradition of her cousin, who tried to murder the imperial family and usurp the Dragon Throne.

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Published August 30th 2016 by Three Moons Press (first published 2016)
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Can anyone be trusted or will Kaiya need to rely on her inner growth to protect herself and those she loves? Will this be the end of her innocence about the realities of the world around her? She may be able to sing a dragon to sleep, but she is ill-prepared for what atrocities await her. DANCES OF DECEPTION by J.C. Kang takes us deeper into Kaiya’s troubled world where monsters lie in wait, and their viciousness and depravities know no bounds.

Princess Kaiya will be reunited with Tian as she is
TC Marques
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book in the dragon song saga. Loved it so much! I couldn’t put it down! What a great balance and what a great adventure.
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"Hold the dragonfly with care," eight-year-old Princess Kaiya’s voice chimed in his head, quoting an old Hua proverb. "For even their fleeting lives have value."

Strong 4 stars.

This is a very good book. I've decided to read it as a standalone, as an experiment, and despite never having read the first 2 books in the series I never felt lost.

+ well-written and well-structured, it's a big book (700+ pages) but i
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my most favourite book so far in this great epic fantasy series as we travel away from Kaiya's homeland across the sea into the north of Tevara to embark on some of the most gruelling experiences of Kaiya's life. The girl who had been so protected throughout her life in Cathay, as a princes of the realm deserved to be, is through the experiences and challenges which she faces, seen to mature into a beautiful and caring woman who takes on such unexpected roles and faces with courage the ...more
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ can't-come-back-to-reality amazing

*full review to come*
The Mysterious Reader
Sometimes words like “epic”, “imaginative” and “powerful” are bandied around too frequently. Other times, if anything, they’re an understatement. JC Kang’s The Dragon Songs Saga is an example of the latter. These books are ridiculously imaginative in the world-building and character-building by the author. Totally different (though I think I can see the Japanese heritage with its geisha, samurai, ninja assassins and cultural structure generally) but absolutely genuine from the biggest details to ...more
I promised J.C. Kang that I would read True Colors of Betrayal in January when he sent me a review copy. Well, I got to it a bit early. As usual, this is an honest review.

If Kaiya had continued to progress in the direction that she was headed at the end of The Dragon Charmer she would have been an even more formidable leader at the close of True Colors of Betrayal. Unfortunately, her momentum was disrupted by trauma. This is the fate of far too many women, but it isn't a natural stage of develop
Chavelis Reyes
The third installment of this series does leave a strange taste in your mouth at the end of it. While in the first book you have the tale of a young girl finding her voice, and in the second a young woman epically disarming a dragon with a song, this third book deviates from the usual that I was accustomed to by embracing a new arch in the story. The story takes a strange turn as Kaiya faces the dangers of hostile territory and struggles with evil kings and rulers. While she handles the situatio ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Kaiya is well out of her comfort zone in this superb continuation of the Dragon Songs Saga. Sent to a foreign land to negotiate peace with the brutal Telerei Empire, Kaiya is reunited with her childhood friend, Tian, only to discover that life has changed them both so much they quickly develop a mutual dislike.
There is more romance in this novel, less intense intrigue (though there is still plenty), more brutality, personal loss and atrocities to deal with, through which the characters
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tian is now the Trade Officer at the Cathayi Embassy at Iksuvius. Jie arrives by ship to deliver a message to the Ambassador that Princess Kaiya will be arriving in a month’s time to meet with the leader of the Teleri Empire to negotiate the extradition of Peng Kai-Long. Princess Kaiya arrives, and Tian soon discovers that this is not the same girl that he knew in his childhood. Kaiya had mixed feeling about Tian. She remembered their carefree childhood and hoped that he would be able to bring s ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.C. Kang brings back his amazing cast in this third installment in the Dragon Songs Saga! Kaiya must fulfill her role of ambassador, but will unexpected romance change her path? What will become of Tian and Jie?

There are tons of action scenes and twists and turns in this third book. Readers will learn a bit more about Tian and Kaiya in their youth. Kaiya must do more than she ever thought possible to survive and with the help of Tian and Jie, she just might be able to make it back to her homel
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
The Dragon Songs books just get more and more exciting! Now, in this third book in the series, we have had time to become attached to the resourceful Kaiya and the dashing Jie, and in a fresh departure, we see Kaiya on a journey of personal development that's a major challenge to both protagonist and author. They both carry it off with grace and style, and although at times it had seemed this book must be the end of the series, a surprise ending reassures us of at least the possibility of more t ...more
Tomas Grizzly
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Staying at 85% as with the previous two books.
The most-gripping part, for me, was around the 30% mark, after which the story entered a calmer period, though it was obvious it won't last long.
From the 30% mark, the book turned more into an adventure while the first two books were powered by political plots, though those plots will likely return in full swing for the final, fourth book.
There were a few things that leave a few questions in the "why did X happen (or not) this way" which, I think, ma
Fiona Andrew
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
The Princess is sent as an emissary to the Northern Conference, but of course all is not as it seems. She arrives on the Golden Phoenix to great pomp and ceremony. She is quickly swept up in the events of the Teleri’s successful take over of the Provence, the First Consul Geros has decided that the Princess should be one of his wives and give him an heir with the right to the Hua Empires Throne. The Princess escapes but leaves him alive a decision she will come to regret. Her adventures to escap ...more
Angelo Santana
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing. So much went on, yet so little. It's deserving of 5 stars but so much was not talked about and I didn't like that. The book could of easily had 200+ more pages had things been mentioned. Now I'm certain the last book is going to feel rushed. ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kaiya is now known as the dragon charmer. She put down the last dragon. Kaiya just wants peace and quiet but that’s not to be. The Emperor has a big mission for her. Another great that can’t be put down.
Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson
Never ending

As story continues it gets drawn out. A lot of repeats. That is a big turn off for me. It just doesn't flow.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devoured it! Loved it!
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The expansion of the story to include the other races and empires makes for an excellent 3rd entry in the series.
Anna K. Scott
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes on a darker tone than the ones before it. I felt an ever-present sense of foreboding, always wondering what terrible thing would happen to Kaiya next - and feeling hugely relieved any time she managed to avoid disaster. Her luck would inevitably run out, but she rises from it stronger than ever.

I'd looked forward to Kaiya's reuinion with her childhood friend, Tian. Unfortunately, it doesn't get off to a good start. Sometimes one meets an old friend and it's like no time has passe
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
********Actual rating 4.5 stars. Originally posted here on my blog.******* (Spoiler Free post below)

True Colors Of Betrayal has been, by far, my favorite of this series.

In fact, I found that almost immediately after starting the book, I had a feeling that it would turn out to be my favorite from this series and I was not wrong. Although I think that my deep appreciation for this book and series comes from the fact that I've followed these characters from day one, this was still a great book.

Rabid Reader
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This another exceptional book in the epic fantasy series, The Dragon Song Saga. This time it takes us away from the intrigues of Kaiya's home province and plunges her into a thrilling adventure in the north. Reunited her with her childhood friend,Tian, she finds herself and her friends running for their lives and facing horrors that her privileged life had protected her from. Kaiya and her friends face war, brutality, battles, hardship and devastating losses but they also gain new friends, rekin ...more
Hannah West
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, where do I start?

True Colors of Betrayal is sheer brilliance. I haven't been this enraptured since I discovered Pumpkin Spiced chocolate at Godiva Chocolates - and I love that stuff. It's rare and only comes into stock once a year. And this book is such a gem.

I was drawn into the blossoming relationship between Jie and Tian, excited that something might actually happen between them, whilst simultaneously mourning the lost friendship between Kaiya and Tian. JC Kang presents such wonderful c
Jay Phillippi
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story of the princess who can channel music through her singing continues to be pitch perfect. I mentioned before (Book 1 and Book 2) how much I enjoy the world created by author JC Kang. In book three he takes it the next step. As Kaiya matures, so do the issues that face her.

"True Colors of Betrayal" continues all the things that I have enjoyed so much in the previous installments. Great storytelling, solid characters, believable problems and solutions within the universe created. Now we b
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JC Kang's unhealthy obsession with Fantasy and Sci-Fi began at an early age when his brother introduced him to The Chronicles of Narnia, Star Trek, and Star Wars. As an adult, he combines his geek roots with his professional experiences as a Chinese Medicine doctor, martial arts instructor, and technical writer to pen epic fantasy stories.

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