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Fate of Dragons

(Dragons Rising #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  598 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Dragons. Elves. And the last surviving human fated to save them from the sea.

A flood is coming. The Sea Queen has a mad plan to drown the world.

Only the magic of the Earth Queen can stop her.

Vahly, the last human, was born to fill that role and wield the magic necessary to fight the rising oceans and save the dragons.

But Vahly is the world’s biggest disappoint
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published March 27th 2019
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May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
everything changed when the water nation attacked...

Jk..but kinda.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This is the perfect light fantasy read with a tiny bit of romance and ton of adventure! The action is non-stop in this book and you will not find yourself complaining that the story is dragging.

The world building is good - not too detailed and not vague - just right.

Also, not too many characters to keep track of!
Tara Grayce
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting fantasy. A world being taken over by water until there is only one island left. The last human on earth, raised by dragons. Dragons with warring factions and a thing against elves. And the elves with their own dark secret....

Eeep! So good! And I am so rooting for an elf-human romance for this series eventually!
cheryl bunting
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good but not great

The cover drew me in straight away, and I loved the world building, however I found it over written, description used in places in shouldn’t be, then you forgot what the person was saying.
The characters were flat. They all had one goal, and Vahly was not written well… I felt no attachment to her at all, and if I don’t emphasise with a character, there’s no point in reading…. She’s the last of the humans, she felt out of place among the dragons, who had taken her in as one of t
Toni Cox
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It said dragons, so of course, I had to read it! But, it didn't stop at dragons. From elves to merpeople, Klapheke has a wonderfully rich imagination. This is not just a tale of coming of age, but of courage and determination. Klapheke's colourful descriptions put you right inside the story and keep you turning the pages.
I'm off to buy the next book in the series.
Camillea Camillea
Alisha Klapheke is one of my favourite authors for her fascinating world-building and the adventurous stories she always gives her readers. This year she brings us a book of dragons, elves, sea folk, and the last human. If you love your fantasy book to have fun adventures and high stakes, then this might be it for you!

Fate of Dragons is an adventure book centering on sort of dystopic-fantasy setting where the world is flooded and the human race is extinct. I’m a big fan of Alisha Klapheke’s Unc
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the world-building was interesting, and I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the dragons and the sea-folk realm. Nix is my favorite, and I hope to learn more about her in future books. :)
Needs more work

I don’t wish to give a bad rating for this or any book, I pick up books in the first place because there’s a promise of an interesting and good read. In this case, I liked the synopsis, the map and the cover, however, I have to say that this is by no means a well written book. The prose doesn’t flow smoothly, it is rather abrupt and choppy in places. This can be seen right from the beginning of the book and the writing doesn’t improve later either, although I hoped bad patches wou
Metal Nyankos
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, books-2020
An okay fantasy novel with a promising story, but very confusing geography

I'm not gonna lie, while I do think the book was an okay read it was definitely a slog for the first, say, 50%. There was a lot that struck me as odd or contrived, but there was nothing so odd or contrived as to completely put me off the book. I think knowing "Fate of Dragons" was less than 300 pages helped me soldier through.

All of that said, the one thing that really threw me off (that I haven't seen discussed anywhere e
Alexandria Woods
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting Enough to Read the Next


The story is certainly interesting, enough for me to read the next but this one went quickly. Sometimes too quickly and with not enough detail or explanation. We get to meet Kemen, Ibai, and Dramour and get to thinking of their loyalty as a positive and helpful thing for Vahly but then they're killed. Vahly learns of the ritual for her kind and is off then turns then back by herself to wash in the waters. I still don't understand why the King
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin , first this is fantastic . A story that draws you in and doesn't let go from the start to the finish you will be like WOW . The world building is perfect with just the right amount of detail and the main characters are perfect and you keep turning pages till late into the night because your vested in the characters and you have to know what's going to happen next . Alisha Klapheke has another best seller here and we the reader's are the lucky ones who get to enjoy her imagination ...more
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
The Good
– Confident writing style,
– A likeable main character who pushes the book forward
– Fun banter between characters
– Satisfying ending
– Start of a slow burn romance?
– Very few typos/errors
– Cool setting
– Some cool battle scenes

The Bad
– Slow set-up
– Inefficient world-building in beginning
– "Helena the healer" was mentioned a dozen times but only makes a brief appearance
– Notorious weak spots in prose
– A couple serious flaws in world-building logic

Fate of Dragons is an interesting and imagina
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing listen! Thoroughly enjoyed this story and meeting Vahly! I really like how different this story was from most fantasy books I have read- the narrator really gives it life and gets you invested with the telling. I need to read the next book!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a quick, enjoyable read.

With a distinct magic system divided into different parts based on the elements, Author Klapheke had a detailed and well-described world. Dragons, elves, and a remaining human all mix in this world and each has something to defend against the evil sea queen.

This is the first book in the series and I look forward to reading more.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great story I really enjoyed it
*Source* Kindle
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Alisha Klapheke's Fate of the Dragons is the first installment in the authors Dragon's Rising series. 23 years ago, the last human child was born and saved by Dragon Matriarch Amona. Vahly is the apparent last surviving human and destined to be the prophesied Earth Queen. She bears a Blackwater mark between her eyebrows—a shimmering oval that represents the origin of creation and magic in this world. But, she has no powers. She'
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is an amazing and unique tale of Dragons, Elves, Sea Creatures, Humans and Magic. Our heroine is just an ordinary human (or is she?) who is expected to do great things. Vahly lives in a world where Dragons and the Sea Queen (really she is a witch) are battling for the last bit of dry land. Vahly needs to discover her own magic and with the help of a hot elf she sets off on an epic journey. Her story and her friendships are vivid and captured my heart. This book kept dragging me farther ...more
Steph Warren
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Fate of Dragons is a classic epic fantasy series-starter, with a cast of dragons, elves, merfolk and one solitary human hero.

Vahly, is the main character and – unusually for epic fantasy – she was supposed to be the Chosen One, but something has gone very wrong. The four elements of earth, air, water and fire are out of balance, as are the respective races. Humans (earth magic) are
gwendalyn _books_
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it

Fate of Dragons 
Alisha Klapheke 
(Dragons Rising #1)
Publication date: March 27th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

This the first book in a new magical dystopian high fantasy world, by Alisha Klapheke. The authors beautifully created world building will pull you in.
Alisha intricate world building is actually some of my favorite in Ya Fantasy. Richly magical and immensely entertaining!
The authors ability to use mixed POV’s and keep the overall pace is definitely notable. She has the abi
L.J. Bus
Vahly is the last human in a world filled with magic and magical creatures

The narrator did a wonderful job. Although I did need a while to get into the story at full pace. But that was just a personal adjustment due to the magnificent magical and thus a bit astranged world. Her pronouciation never gave me trouble, not even with my hearing loss so once I got into the rhythm of the story, all sleep and chores faded momentarily out of existence until I finished this audiobook so wonderful job indee
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dragon
I did not have any expectations when I started this read and it was a real bummer to find out… that i must wait a month for book 2.

I thoroughly enjoyed the world- and character building Alisha accomplished in her book Fate of Dragons. The magic in this book is based on the four elements; fire, water, air and earth. Fire is a naturally the magic of the dragons, beings that have two forms; a humanoid scaled form and their big dragon form. Some human’s posses earth magic, elves posses air magic and
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What a fun read! The world building is very well done. The author has done a terrific job of defining each of the species depicted in the story. I like that this chosen one is apparently the only one of her kind - I suspect that might not completely be the case, but I guess we’ll see.

As a baby, Vahly is rescued by the matriarch of one of two dragon clans as the last of her own kind, humans, are eradicated by the Sea
Lene Blackthorn
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Humans are supposed to be extinct. Yet the last of them survived among dragons.
Vahly, the supposed fated Earth Queen, was living among the Lapis dragons ever since she had been saved by their matriarch as a child. Growing up in the shadows of the impeding war between dragons, the sea folk, and even the elves who some think are extinct the same way as humans, Vahly faces many difficulties to find her place in the world and prove herself worthy. Determined to unravel the myths and truths about be
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it
While the first few chapters of this story didn't hold my absolute attention, I enjoyed them well enough as I got to know the characters. We get a long-ish explanation about magic and different races but that is important to the book later.

On my part, I didn't really feel the relationship between Vahly and Amona, it felt a little shallow and their interactions didn't feel as heartfelt as I might have liked them to be. Also, Amona's character didn't pique my interest much.

I did however like the
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So the human race have all been wiped out from the island of Sugarrabota by the sea folk, except for one little girl who was saved by Amona, the dragon matriarch herself and brought up by the Lapis dragon clan. Turned out that this girl, Valhi, was Blackwater marked, which meant that she was to become an Earth Queen, however she grew into a young woman but never came into her powers and the clock was ticking for the dragons and elves who were still battling the sea folk. Astraea the sea folk que ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fate of the Dragons introduces us to a world where only one human has survived the great war, elves are meant to be extinct, the sea people have taken over most of the world covering it in salt water ocean bar one continent where the only remaining race lives, the dragons 🐲

Vahly, the last remaining human was saved and raised by a dragon matriarch and is marked to be a legendary human Queen. An earth Queen, the only hope against the Sea Queens obsession to completely take over and eliminate the d
Maiya Harrington
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book is well written with few grammatical errors and/or awkward wording situations. I'm a picky reader when it comes to grammar and flow, and very few instances of problems jumped out at me. Since it seems like a lot of books these days are full of not-very-good writing, this was refreshing.

The story is very engaging for me. I definitely want to keep reading to see what happens, and I feel like I am getting to know the characters personally. I think the world created by the author is in
Christina Morley
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enter an exciting world where those living on land are at risk from those in the sea. Meet Vahly, the Earth Queen and the last remaining human, living among the dragon shifters. She must find her magic before it's too late. The Sea Queen wants to drown the whole world with only one island left to go and dragons and elves standing in her way, unless Vahly can find her magic in time to help turn the tide. The dragons have given her a home, but they don't know how to tap into her earth magic. Drago ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Cranky Stars

Vahly is the last human, she was saved and raised by the leader of the dragons. She was marked as the next Queen of the Earth, but she didn't have any powers. The sea folk were taking over the plant, they had already wiped out the humans and were fighting the dragons. The elves were trying to stay out of it. Vahly finds herself in the land of the elves and awakens here powers. The different species band together to fight the sea. It leaves you on a cliffhanger, Vahly must travel to
Violet Stone
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had higher hopes.

A world with dragons about to be swallowed by the sea only to be saved by the last surviving human? Color me intrigued. And don't get me started on that cover, absolutely gorgeous!

I've read a book by Alisha before, Waters of Salt and Sin, and while I can't exactly remember what happened I don't remember disliking it.

So, why did this book read like a debut novel? Now, some debut novels are amazing. This one felt like I was reading the rough draft, almost like it was a rush job
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