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Dragon Mage Academy: Princess of Dragons

(Princess of Dragons #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  610 ratings  ·  64 reviews
A disguised princess. A murder most malicious. A dragon condemned to death.

Desperate to escape a forced marriage, seventeen-year-old Princess Alba disguises herself to join the all-male Dragon Mage Academy.

Her plans go wrong when a dragon accused of murder forms a telepathic link: the deepest possible bond between dragon and rider.

And it can only mean one thing:

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 17th 2019 (first published January 2019)
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Jun 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Tony Hisgett
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, review
At the start of the book I thought the author had developed an interesting and complex fantasy world.
As the story progressed I couldn’t help thinking Alba seemed a bit naïve, given her past you would expect her to not only know more, but be a bit more circumspect in her dealings with people, at times she could have been seven rather seventeen.
By halfway I found the story was a bit of a muddle, many of the characters were really just caricatures and the author kept introducing new things almost
Elizabeth Dragina
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars ~

Wow. Do I really want to give a review on this?? Nope.

It had a dragon on the cover, OF COURSE I PICKED IT UP!!

The story really was beautiful, Castel is amazing at what she does. I loved the bonding and Dragon riding, Dragon mages, etc. The epic adventure, and the mystery!! Oh. My. Word. The mystery. Castel is absolutely amazing at writing thriller mystery. I am amazed!!

The world was lovely and I liked the characters.

Reason for my lower rating ~ I really didn't appreciate the magi
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Of course, I was more than happy to start reading this book... it has dragons, DRAGONS! I mean... say no more ;) I'd give this one a 3.5*

Worldbuilding was good, bit by bit the author introduces us to the world, as such neither confusing nor overwhelming the reader with all the info. All scenes and environments were clear and well detailed.

Character development was decent. We only got to know Alba and Fyrian really. The other characters got introduced and we know a tad about them, but fairly supe
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the “Seven Kingdoms” universe, the story follows 17-year-old Alba, daughter of Bluebeard and Paloma, and niece of Cendrilla. Although she has tried to fit in the Magical Militia, she failed to demonstrate any magical abilities and as a result her father decided to marry her off to King Magnar of the Savannah Empire. In an attempt to escape this undesired fate, Alba disguises herself as a boy and sets off to Mount Fornax in order to enroll the all-male Dragon Mage Academy. Trouble finds he ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This first book in the new Princess of Dragons series follows the adventures of Princess Alba (Daughter of Lord Bluebeard and Paloma from the Cendrilla Perault books) as she embarks on her quest to become a Dragon Mage. And with a combination of a murder, a grumpy dragon, keeping up in class and trying to hide behind a male glamour so her father doesn't find her, she certainly has her hands full! I really enjoyed the story, and would definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy mysteries. It doesn ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very much low fantasy dragon fantasy story.
The writing, story telling and character creation leave a lot to be desired, if you are mature reader. The book is very much aimed at a young audience and for young readers it can very much work.

If you are an avid fantasy reader and are used to a more matured writing style and fantasy world, then this "fairy godmother" style of fantasy story will bore you to death.

A lot of fast paced confusing "action" (and with action I mean the protagonist doing thi
Kayla West
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Klunky; Could Not Finish

This book starts off very klunky and unrefined, unlike the Inheritance Cycle which it compares itself to. The first few chapters are just so adolescent in their text that it makes the story unreadable for me. It starts off so slow, and explains things that do not even seem to have hardly any bearing on what the story is supposed to be. While I like the premise, which is more like a Tamora Pierce novel than anything in my opinion, it just didn't keep my interest enough to
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Dislike Alba but interesting story

I really, really dislike Alba but the story is interesting. Not sure I want to continue because Alba is so reckless, stubborn, and frustrating.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Set in the “Seven Kingdoms” universe, the story follows 17-year-old Alba, daughter of Bluebeard and Paloma, and niece of Cendrilla. Although she has tried to fit in the Magical Militia, she failed to demonstrate any magical abilities and as a result her father decided to marry her off to King Magnar of the Savannah Empire. In an attempt to escape this undesired fate, Alba disguises herself as a boy and sets off to Mount Fornax in order to enroll the all-male Dragon Mage Academy. Trouble f
Matthew Albright
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Have to say that I am glad I read this one all the way thru. The first part of this book really was slow developing and a bit difficult for me to get through. The first third of the book was really busy with cramming so much info about who was married to who and the geopolitical climate of the world that I almost gave it up a few times. The MC was also difficult to like as she came off as a brat and that continued throughout the book until really the last few chapters.

Once I made it through that
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess of Dragon's is book 1 in the Dragon Mage Academy series. This is set in the same world as The Seven Kingdoms series. As with The Seven Kingdoms, the world building is exceptional. The story line is great -- a princess fleeing an arranged marriage flees as a boy and enters the Dragon Mage Academy where she/he forms a bond with a dragon accused of murder. Want to know what happens, if the dragon is proved innocent, what interesting magical creatures are encountered on this adventure you w ...more
Amy Latham
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I gave 4 stars because I’ve just given a much worse book 3 stars! So maybe 3.5 stars? I enjoyed the premise and will continue reading the rest of the books. This is not a complex book, sometimes it is even too simple (I know it’s for YA but still..), some parts are too vague or skipped over, like how dragon bonding even occurs. Alba is pretty ignorant, but seems to think she knows best. She’s supposedly had the best education, learning multiple languages etc. Yet she knows absolutely nothing abo ...more
Lene Blackthorn
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being the unwanted child makes it no easier for a princess. And now it's the time to escape.
Alba Bluebeard, scared of her fate to be a bride to brutal king, enrolls into the Dragon Mage Academy disguised as a boy. Trouble follows her every step, not only in classes, but also in an unfortunate bonding with a dragon accused of murder. To prove her innocence, Alba takes up the investigation on herself.
Fast paced and magical story with lots of adventure and mystery, full of funny scenes and awe-in
Blaire Hammond
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review.*

The mystery and action in this book was both exciting and really fun to read. It was action packed and full of adventure, and really enjoyable to read. I loved the world so much, it was different and fun and fresh. The worldbuilding was excellent and really well developed.

The characters in this book were really fantastic and I loved learning about them and their hi
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this YA dragon adventure

The Dragon Mage Academy series is set seventeen years after the events of The Seven Kingdoms series. Rilla plays a small role. So it is better to have read that series first, but it’s not absolutely necessary. This series is about Alba, Rilla’s niece. Daughter of Lord Bluebeard. She is in danger of being married off to someone she doesn’t want to be married to. So she flees.

I really liked this YA dragon adventure. Enjoyable, entertaining, a bit slow to sta
Belinda Clemons
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So exciting

I really liked Alba though she is stubborn lol. And Fyrian the little green dragonette turned ferocious Dragon loved her lots. I have two favorite scenes just because they made me laugh. One is where Alba is attempting to send the letter to the Witch General and Maste Fosco has to go chasing after a silver dragonette . The second is when she uses the flaming sword and stuns General Thornicroft, and burns his hair btw, and the other cadets with her power. They sure wasn't expecting tha
Tala Gilbert
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
New author, great story!

Well now I'm hooked on Cordelia Castel! I could hardly put this book down what with the action, the suspense and the surprises. Princess Alba is a wonderful character, with a backbone. Fyrian, the dragonette grown up to be full dragon, is a force to reckon with. The two of them together will do great things, I'm sure. Looking forward to seeing what happens with their continued adventures in the next books. I love finding new authors who whet my imagination and create char
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I picked this series up because I love sentient dragon books. I’ve never been a fan of them just being beasts. This book portrays them as sentient with strong personalities of their own. As it should be. I’m not sure yet if I like Fyrian as she seems a bit whiny, but maybe that is because she is still what amounts to being a child. And I assume I would also be whiny if I was accused of murder! I think that Alba has a few flaws also, but she already seems to be growing into a strong MC. I did tru ...more
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intrigue, Murder, and Friendships

This is a well written story with many nicely developed characters. If you just accept the premise that starts the tale, you'll have an enjoyable read.

Princess Alba/Cadet Albert leads us through her adventure. Early on, she bonds with a dragon which is a central theme. Their bonding is very problem and the dragon is accused of murder. Alba and her new friends set out to find the real murderer while dealing with the new military life in which they live.

This kept
Katie Thompson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED the Cendrilla series that reinvented our favorite fairy tales. Cordelia Castel takes us back to the worlds she cleverly crafted with a new cast of characters: some you have to love, some you love to hate. The magic im the book is super awesome. Every spell has a purpose and a reasoning. Our heroine is bound and determined to prove herself, and she makes one amazing start. I cannot wait to start book 2!
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I am very disappointed. This book has all the making of a decent series, but it is just poorly executed. The worldbuilding is lacking, many of the characters lack depth, the pacing of the story is odd, things that happen in the plot happen sometimes seemingly at random... the writing just seems juvenile at times. It makes for a boring read.
Overall, it is a meh book. I think, with experience, the author can be a great writer, but this is not a book I can recommend.
Richard Goodrum
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The introduction to Princess Alba is fantastic: filled with hopes and fears. Extending the tale into the generation which follows Cendrilla Perrault. While the story has some dark shadows. overall, I found it quite enjoyable. I hope that you do as well.

I received a copy of this book as a gift. This is my honest review.
Chrisette Trevino
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book ! Princess Alba is the perfect heroine. What to do when your father is going to send you off to marry a king who doesn't want you but your aunt. This book involves a great mystery. It's just not the one everyone is trying to solve. This book is full of twists and turns and well written. I can't wait to read book 2 in this series. ...more
Lisa P
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Envy, revenge, and friendships

This was a mystery in disguise. Princess Alba is a very likeable character. When she plots to escape what could possibly be a disastrous future, all kinds of things happen. Witches, mages, royalty, dragons, ogres, and humans are all part of an intricate series of events.
Holly Raver
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t to sure about this first book,I really had my doubts,but it proved me wrong..I feel it picked up when she changed her appearance so that she could past for a boy in the Dragon Academy and that’s when the real action kicked into high gear..Starting book two “Poachers of Dragons.” I hope the action keep coming and lots more Dragons..
Rhonda Wise
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by how good this was. A very different concept of ogres, a very stubborn princess, young protagonists who are not always right and a hilarious romp. The main characters are flawed, but young. They actually learn lessons. Good does triumph, but it is close. The plot is well done and actually makes a lot of sense. As do all the well crafted red herrings. Well worth the read!
Nov 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
One of the strangest books I've read in decades. I can appreciate the author trying to do something different but in this case, it just doesn't work.

Alba is OK and the dragonets are fun but everything else is just a bunch of random overly convoluted randomness. Add in plot holes bigger than a planet and I just couldn't wait to finish reading it.
Bonnijean Marley
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dragon Mage Academy: Princess of Dragons has excitement, mystery, and adventure and is a great book to read. The mystery is complex but believable. This is one of the most enjoyable young adult books that I've read recently. ...more
Chandra Rogers
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute, quick and fun

Delightful YA novel. This is a fun and fast paced story. There's lots of details about the world it takes place in with many fantastic and diverse characters. Castel's set the stage for many more entertaining tales.
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