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House of Dragons

(House of Dragons #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,115 ratings  ·  687 reviews
Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for ye
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Dec 01, 2020 marked it as will-be-avoiding
[ feb 25 2021 update ] because ppl have been messaging me and commenting, I just want to make it clear that I am not telling anyone want to and not to read. This is me sharing information and what you decide to do with that information is up to you. Please stop writing essays to me saying why you don't think the author is racist, in no part of this "review portion" do I ever state that she is or she isn't nor do I tell you what to or not read. Those commenting that she is racist, are assuming ba ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Plot narrative was too linear
I counted, at minimum, 3 instances where Cluess used the dreaded "deus ex machina"
The stakes weren't high enough
The conflict (and it's introduction) was poorly executed.

Overall: 2.5 stars
Nov 30, 2020 marked it as will-avoid-forever
Call me "anti-intellectual" and "anti-curious" but I'm not interested in supporting a bigoted author who:

1. is racist
2. verbally harassed and bullied a widely respected Black educator (edit: author's apology/statement where "racism" is framed as "misguided/unprovoked anger")
3. engaged in brutally cyber-bullying a young college student for their opinion on Sarah Dessen's books
4. wrote incest fanfic in response to people saying that they found incest to be triggering to them
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
There's no way this was inspired by Game of Thrones.

Absolutely no way.

Update: wheeeeee getting a copy!!!.
I'm going to be so sorry when all my ARCs arrive and I start freaking out over reading time but right now I'm like yaaaaaaaass
Brittni Kristine
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
This is hands down my favorite read of 2020. Not only that, I think it’s actually now one of my top 5 books of all time. I didn’t read it, I devoured it. I opened the cover and didn’t emerge from it until I’d finished the very last page.

House of Dragons starts with their emperor dying. In this world, there is no line of succession. When an emperor dies, the eldest child of each of the five houses is “summoned” via a calling ceremony. Whoever’s dragon lands on the calling platform is obligated t
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
Waiting for my copy to come in the mail!

Wait...what? I'm both excited and confused lol

On another note, I love the detailed cover!
I was excited for it, and it did not disappoint.

Despite the fact that it wasn't at all what I thought it would be.

THE PLOT sees five outcasts (and their dragons) called to compete against one another in a set of trials, the outcome of which will decide the new emperor.

So since I love a good motley crew, let's start with who they are and how I feel about them!

Emilia was an easy fave, because she's a book nerd who values knowledge above all else. She's been collecting info
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“A bastard,” -
“A servant who ruts above her station,” -
“A mouse of a girl.” -
“And the hero of the Vartl fjord, who turns out to be nothing more than a sniveling coward.”-

“The empire would crumble beneath any of you.”

Well, Hyperia you’re not the most qualified either, let's not get hasty.

Wow. wow. Wow. This is my first Jessica Cluess book and color me impressed. I don’t think I have read a book with dragons and humans coexisting since Eragon. Eragon was the first “big” book I ever read waaay b
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was so good!
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as nah-bro
update: going on a "problematic author research" binge and, yeah, another one for the bingo card I really don't want to be filling out so quickly . . . as it's happening -_-


if a book says it has dragons in it, I will read it okay

also I want to own all the swords on this cover and hang them prominently on my wall so I can stare at them and touch them and feel epic whenever I want
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, I’m so happy for the existence of this book! The first thing that I could come up with to describe this book a bit more: Eragon meets Game of Thrones for teens in this great first book of this new ya fantasy story that has Dragons & Dragon riders in it and focuses on 5 different people, originated from all over the world whom are pitted against each other in a competition to win the Crown. Unexpected friendships form, more enemies are made and some of the views on this world will change ...more
Marc D✨ (whenimetabook)
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars.

No words. Soon, my review in Spanish 💖
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Note: due to the author singling out and attacking a poc educator on Twitter over classic books, laughing at them, belittling them, practically screaming at them and just generally being racist, I will not be continuing this series. This review is months before I had any idea.

📗 This was such a good book. It wasn't perfect, it was definitely messy and the Narnia / Game Of Thrones mash up at the end was utterly bizarre but it worked. The story is completely char
CF Dracarys
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

What was not to love about this book? Noble Houses. Dragons. Badass, underestimated women. Violence. High stakes. And vicious characters that all seem to blur between the loveable hero and frightening beast. It's like the characters themselves are dragons.

If you love dragons and games (trials) for a throne (pun intended) you will love this book. Do yourself a favor and move it to number one on your TBR.
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow, thank you so much to Random House  for the free advanced copy of House of Dragons in exchange for an honest review! This book was published in 2020 so it’s out there for anyone interested! I see the sequel is coming soon so maybe they still had a few arcs lying around to send out, but I’m happy to help generate buzz!

I finally found something to fill that Green Rider sized hole in my heart. This book is everything I wanted Crown of Feathers to be, except those books were terrible. Sentient d
Star Rating: —> [ just barely ] 4 Stars

Buddy read with my babe Darcey! I mean, who else?! 🤍💜🤍

Whew! What a RIDE (literally! I LOVED the concepts of all of the dragons in this novel!!)!

Celia McMahon
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY! A book with the word dragon in the title that has DRAGONS.

Huge thank you to Penguin/Random House for supplying me with this arc after a little bit of begging ;D

What a wild ride I was just on, you guys. This book starts with a BANG. We jump into the five povs. Yes, I said it. FIVE POV's. But as daunting as that sounds, it wasn't too bad once you get to know the characters. But I digress. This wild ride starts when the emperor dies and the eldest of each of the five houses in Etrusia line
Leah Waters
WOW. I expected this book to be awesome and it totally exceeded my expectations.

There are dragons. Games. A Six of Crow-type cast of characters. Betrayals. Twists. Magic. EVERYTHING I WANT IN A BOOK.

I really loved this author's Kingdom on Fire series, and it's clear she learned a lot writing them because this book is SO MUCH BETTER.

It's just amazing. Fast paced with awesome characters and a fascinating world...

And I love Dog. The twist with him at the end had me laughing so hard.

Just go read thi
buddy read with my OTP babe, Ashley!

dragons! they're wonderful, and i dare you to name one person who's never wanted to own one or ride one or hasn't wished that they actually existed. i've read a great many dragon books, and i really loved House of Dragons and it's take on the massive reptilian beasts.

our story switches between 5 different MC's, and they're all very unique and very realistic. we have the vicious (and i mean VICIOUS) Hyperia, the smart and eternally underestimated bastard Ajax,
Adah Udechukwu
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
House of Dragons was spectacular. It was awesome, awesome, awesome. Book 2 is going to be a blast.
Party Poison [Disco Freak Show]
“Stop adding books to your TBR,” I say as I add yet another book to my TBR.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Let’s do a pro-con list (except not exactly in that order) because those are always fun:

✔︎ The book has dragons in it. Can that ever be a bad thing?

✘ So these kids and their dragons compete in trials and will most likely die in a very Hunger Games-esque way,,,,except they can’t kill each other. And the trials and all other obstacles were sO easily overcome. Which made it feel like there were no stakes

✘ Also the characters were alarmingly unconcerned about the very high possibility of thier death
Maddie (Inking & Thinking)
I will no longer be reviewing this book because the author is racist, they verbally harassed and bullied a widely respected Black educator (author's apology/statement where "racism" is framed as "misguided/unprovoked anger", they engaged in brutally cyber-bullying a young college student for their opinion on Sarah Dessen's books and wrote incest fanfic in response to people saying that they found incest to be triggering to them.

I do not support this and therefore will not be reviewing this book
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was father-son read #3. And the best of the bunch. My son said this is the best book he's read all year.

So, this book was a surprise for me. Let me start off by saying I'm biased as all get out. I don't like YA, I don't want to read YA. So when my twelve year old son said, "hey dad this is our next father-son book" I could have weeped into a hornets nest so my eyes could be stung into uselessness. But, I was wrong. This book was actually pretty damn good. You follow five characters and you
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it


This book was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases! I was DYING to get my hands on it, and was ready to start begging (okay, I kind of begged in buy/sell/trade groups, trying to get someone to trade with me lol), and I finally got lucky enough that the publisher responded to my ARC request with a Netgalley widget! Yay!

Did it live up to the hype? Yes and no. Honestly, I was a little disappointed in it overall. I think maybe my expectations were just too high. However, did it deliver
Maria Wheeler
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2021, 2021
I enjoyed House of Dragons quite a bit more than I assumed I would! Solid 4 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved Jessica’s writing style and how she created five unique characters! This book had five POV’s and that can sometimes feel intimidating, but I thought she wrote them all so well! I was never cheering for just one person or wanted to skip through chapters to read the others! I would have loved to see a bit more world-building in this book because there are a fair bit of questions left unan ...more
Elza B
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
*sees a book about people bonding with dragons*
*hits the want-to-read button*
If anyone wonders how I spend my free time just show them this review
ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
They got me with just the word DRAGONS!!! <3 And that snazzy cover

Read during DraconAthon on Twitter🐉

This was an excellent read. It was funny, intense at times, and even had some brief soft moments of feels. Damn hornones, I actually teared up a couple times near the end because of Ajax, who would've think it?! 😨 And again for a sweet moment between Vespir & her dragon Karina

We follow five perspectives:

Lucian/Tyche (dragon) - of house Sabel, twin of Dido (who is quite bitchy). He is a soldier w
Dragons are awesome and majestic, and this book is so full of them that it can only be fun. My only expectation going into this new world was that it should entertain me and I should enjoy my reading experience, and it totally delivered on what I wanted.

This was a very plot driven narrative, and it felt different after a long time because I tend to gravitate so much towards character driven stories. The author just throws us right in the middle of chaos and we get to follow along wherever it go
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