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Dragon Unleashed

(Fallen Empire #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 ratings  ·  405 reviews
Magic is outlawed in the Krael Empire and punishable by death. Born with the gift of earth magic, the free trader Halani keeps her dangerous secret closely guarded. When her uncle buys a mysterious artifact, a piece of bone belonging to a long-dead draga, Halani knows it's far more than what it seems.

Dragas haven't been seen for more than a century, and most believe them e
Kindle Edition, 413 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Ace Books
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Elisa At the risk of being completely precocious, I'm going to answer my own question! I tweeted the author, and she confirmed that there's going to be a th…moreAt the risk of being completely precocious, I'm going to answer my own question! I tweeted the author, and she confirmed that there's going to be a third book called Raven Unveiled! (less)
Janelle Chapman This story focuses on Halani, who is the free trader from Phoenix Unbound and Malachus, who we have not seen before. It is not a continuation of Gilen…moreThis story focuses on Halani, who is the free trader from Phoenix Unbound and Malachus, who we have not seen before. It is not a continuation of Gilene's story. I think Mrs. Draven said somewhere that this series will focus on three different couples, but I'm blanking on where she said that. She may have said it on her Facebook page. (less)

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1.) Phoenix Unbound ★★★★

"What must it be like to be loved this way? So devotedly that the person you parted with cried at your absence before you even left?"

Oh friends, this was such a disappointment for me, especially after loving the first book in this series, Phoenix Unbound, so much! Dragon Unleashed does read as a stand alone, and in this world magic is outlawed! That is why it is so important for our main character, Halani, to hide t
Robin (Bridge Four)
Release Day

Phoenix Unbound was one of my favorite books of 2018, so Dragon Unleased had a hard act to follow. It’s a really great story full of longing, deception, lore and danger. I liked so many things about it but I didn’t love it quite as much as the first book of the series. Just remember it was a really high bar.

Halani has travelled with a trading caravan for most of her life. She is a gifted healer with earth magic. Magic welding of any kind is outlawed so Halani has hid the source of he
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Much like my experience with PHOENIX UNBOUND, book one in the Fallen Empire series, I have very mixed feelings over this read. Mostly because I have adored so many of Draven's stories and want to support this well-deserved achievement in being lifted up by one of the big publishing houses. But the reality is this just seems like such a lesser offering than all her previous tales.

I remember saying it in my review for book one, but this writing? It doesn't feel at all like Draven. I feel so remove
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Mrinmayi by: my cursed self
Mrin to the author after liking her previous works:

And just to be DRAMATIC....

I was in mood for some Dragon action!!!
Is it too much to ask for???!!!!

Lemme tell you what the story is about...
the story follows Two characters :
Halani who is a witch

And Malachus...who is SUPPOSED to be a dRAgON
I say "supposed" because he becomes dragon ONLY towards the END and that too for TWO PAGES

The blurb promised some DRAGON ACTION!!!
Instead, we get these two trying to be Nancy Drew wannabe

Soo basically Malachus
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physical-owned, arc
Oh Grace Draven, you never fail to deliver. OK, upfront, the con on this book is pacing-- it's really back heavy in action, which means the front half feels far too slow. BUT-- who cares, honestly? We've got a bomb ass fantasy world. We've got compelling, nuanced characters with interesting backstories and motivations. We've got an absolutely delicious slow burn-y romance. We've gotten beautiful prose and descriptions. All around-- this was so satisfying, and I think folks who struggled with the ...more
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Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!


jan 2019 pre-review:
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

While I liked this book, I didn't love it as I had hoped that I would. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Phoenix Unbound, so I have been very eager to get my hands on this newest installment. I couldn't wait to dive back into this world and the dragons promised in the title only added to my excitement. My expectations were really high going into this book which might have ended up being an issue because I ended up being
Xia ✻.
Jun 21, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: cover-porn
DNF 30%

A pity. I loved the previous one but this is not holding my attention right now.
Maybe i'll try again in the future.

Title: Dragon Unleashed
Series: Fallen Empire #2
Author: Grace Draven
Release date: June 9, 2020
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: Fantasy, romance

Book one in this series, Phoenix Unbound hit my all-time favorites list when I read it a couple of years ago. It's one of those rare books that's in a league above all others, almost untouchable. I loved it that much. Now you understand what the follow up had to live up to. There was a considerable wait for Dragon Unleashed (not that I'm complaining), but as usual,
Erika ♥OwlwaysReading♥
This cover is gorgeous and this book is by Grace Draven so it will be mine!

And I will LOVE it! I will love it more than this cute baby panda loves his ball.
Crystal Cook
Jan 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2022
This was a beautiful fantasy romance. The hero is a dragon shifter out to find his mother's sacred bones. He runs into the heroine who's family has been trying to sell the bones on the down low.

The romance was very slow burn, but also beautiful. I loved the interaction between Malachus and Asil best. So sweet.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2020/06/08/...

It’s official, Grace Draven is now my go-to author for fantasy romance. I adored Phoenix Unbound, the first book in the Fallen Empire sequence, namely because she treated the story and the characters with as much care and importance as the romance. Now she returns to the world with a second novel, Dragon Unleashed, which follows a new set of protagonists and thus can be read as a standalone.

Opening once more on the Krael E
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was MUCH better than the first book in the series! True to (usual) form, Grace Draven delivers a fantastic romance with a strong heroine and a well-developed relationship with the hero, all within a vivid fantasy setting.

In Dragon Unleashed, a healer with earth magic and a dragon shifter fall in love. Halani was a side character in Phoenix Unbound, and here we get a lot more of her. She is part of a nomadic trader caravan, has a complicated relationship with her uncle (their leader) and a
Jen Davis
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I'm a fan of Grace Draven and I was beyond stoked when this book arrived on my doorstep. It cut in line ahead of all the other books I had waiting to read and I dove in on the very same day.

It took me a while to get into it. Like half the book. To the point where I had to push myself to keep reading, reminding myself of how much I've enjoyed this author's other work and the idea that eventually the magic would kick in.

It did. The second half was awesome and all that I'd been waiting for
I got there in the end...

After absolutely LOVING Phoenix Unbound, I was so excited to move onto Dragon Unleashed.

Holy Shamoly, that was a wee bit of a hard slog. Instead of watching my progression dreading it coming to an end, I was rolling my eyes in frustration with how many hours I had left till the end.

After meeting Halani in Phoenix Unbound, I was looking forward to getting to know her better. It just felt that there wasn't much more than what I already knew. Sure, we got to find out why
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
DNF At 1 hour and 23 minutes

May the book gods bless me for I foresee a book slump coming forth!

Here we are again. I've read one other novel by this author to date and I loved it. I wanted to love this one too. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. I had a hard time getting into the world and there were SO many characters presented one on top of the other without much preamble. To say I was confused and lost was putting it mildly. That may or may not be due to the fact that I didn't read the first
Douglas Meeks
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well I was a bit surprised to see that this story was about the new couple of Halani and Malachus but we do get a glimpse of our previous couple. The story revolves around the search for an item that Malachus must have to fulfill his destiny and much to his dismay and as much as he tries he cannot stop his attraction and eventual love for Halani. This story while I am giving it 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 was not the usual "can't put it down" attraction I have for her other books and felt it dragg ...more
Minni Mouse
DNF at 14% because eh.


I may not have loved Phoenix Unbound but let's be real -- if it's a Grace Draven fantasy, I'm reading it.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I’ve read Grace Draven’s books for years now, and I’m always extremely excited about her next book, but I would be lying if I don’t mention that I have been struggling with her last two novels.

Although Dragon Unleashed had wonderful world building, enchanting characters, and everything a fantasy novel needs to be captivating, the book was slow at the beginning. Very slow. The action was missing, and the story focused instead on character development. Throughout the entire book the story drags qu
DNF at 22%

I’m having a lot of trouble becoming invested in this book. It’s slow and I don’t care about the characters yet. Not for me, but I hope I’m an anomaly among Draven’s fans. I love fantasy, but I don’t want to read over half a book before I start caring about the romance.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Ace in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dragon Unleashed is the second book in the "Fallen Empire" series by the epic Grace Draven. It seems like forever since we had the first book "Phoenix Unbound" and the story starts off around the time of the epilogue of the first book. We get to see the reunion again of Azarion and Gilene. So that
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
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May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, favorites
I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can also be found on *Milky Way of Books*

I seriously, SERIOUSLY, devoured this book in one sitting! I knew that this had to do with draga and Halani and I couldn't be more excited! While the first book dealt with enemies to lovers this one was a slow burn of friends turned to lovers. Filled with lush descriptions, amazing world-building, and the Empress lurking in every corner searching for Malachus, I felt like I had be
Apr 21, 2020 rated it liked it

Mon avis en Français

My English review

I had had a really good time with the first volume and I was curious to discover this second story.

If we don’t follow the same character as in the first volume, Gilene and her husband are also present for our greatest pleasure! But this time we follow the story of Halani and Malachus. An encounter that will change them both!

It was a real pleasure to be back in Grace Draven’s world and I had a great time with the story. I may not have been as hooked as I
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are back in the Krael empire where magic is outlawed. Halani, born with the gift of earth magic, is a free trader in her uncle’s caravan. Her Uncle buys a piece of bone belonging to a dead draga, but Halani senses it is more. Most of the world believes the dragas are gone from this world, but they live among them disguised as human.

Meanwhile, Malachus is living on borrowed time. The magic that’s protecting him will soon turn on him. He must find a key part of his heritage. He has tracked it t
Sep 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
I really expected to love this one, but I was disappointed.

Grace Draven is always a good writer. But this story suffers from Super Hero Syndrome, as I like to call it. Where the MCs are so morally perfect and ideal from the very start, that there is no room for character growth, at all. I don't want to read about a saint going through the motions; I want a good story.

At one point, the heroine is asked if she ever has a hard time being a caretaker to her disabled/traumatized mother. She replies
Di Maitland
A good book but sadly not nearly as good as the first. It dragged at times and the plot set-up felt retrofitted and a little forced. Still, it’s Draven, so it had some wonderful settings, some strong characters and a beautiful slow-burn romance.

"Life has little enough worth under the Empire's rule. Maybe my worth lies in my ability to hope someone else. [...] I don't want to become what the empire would make of us. So this is more for me than for you. You just benefit from my rebellion."

We met H
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

An absolutely fabulous fantasy love story! Superbly written romance and deftly executed plot. It inhabits intrigue and adventure while diving deep into relationships and growth. NOT easily accomplished in any book but one beautifully done in this story.

My only complaint is that we desperately need at least a little time to enjoy the hard-earned happiness these characters have won. As it stands the very minute we can smile, the last page turns. Even a short epilogue would satisfy.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slow going at the beginning but I'm glad I pressed in because I love this author's work, even though the first entry in the series wasn't my favorite of her's.

Expanding this universe, we get the story of a dragon trapped in human form and his quest to find the long lost and very valuable talisman he needs to shift into his dragon form. Which leads him to a caravan of travelling marketers (and sometimes-thieves) and a woman of even greater worth.

Halani does what she has to to survive and to prote
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Continuing where the first book left off with the caravan of free traders that the protagonists of the first book stayed with, we have Halani, a powerful earth mage who must hide her ability from the Kraem Empire where magic is punishable by death. Halani's caravan comes into possession of a small piece of dragon bone that she warns them off of but is ignored.

Dragon shifter Malachus must find the bone or be consumed by the draga within him as it tries to escape its human prison. When he tangles
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