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Synopsis:

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one. ”

Review:

*I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out on February 27th, 2018. All opinions stated are my own.*

This book was just ok in my personal opinion.

As someone who has never read the Seraphina duology by this author, I went into this book not knowing that it would be a companion to that duology. It wasn’t until I was about a quarter of the way through the book that I realized that.

With that being said, I really did enjoy this book despite the fact that I had never read its companion books.

Starting off with the characters, I think Tess was an interesting character to read from. Seeing her interact with her family and friends (as well as the characters from Seraphina) made for a very interesting plot line. She was head-strong and independent, two things that I always look for in fantasy books like this. Her character was really able to grow over the course of this book. I enjoyed reading from her point of view a lot.

As far as the romance aspects of this book, I liked how there really wasn’t one. Yes, Tess had a couple of love interests throughout the course of the book but the romance between her and the man she chooses to be with doesn’t really take front and center stage at all. It was a slow build romance and I LOVE those kinds of romances in books. Overall, I think this book had great romance aspects.

As far as the plot, this is where the book kind of lost me as far as my real interest in the book. It started off with a bang, but as the book went along, I found my interest dwindling. There was nothing that was consistent and it just seemed to drag. I caught the plot twists pretty early so it wasn’t something that really surprised when it came. The plot was just kind of a let down for me personally.

Overall, I did enjoy most of the aspects of this book. I liked how it touched on topics such as rape and teenage pregnancy, two things that us readers don’t tend to see as main topics in YA books. Even though I was kind of spoiled for the events, I could definitely see myself picking up the Seraphina duology in the future as well as future books by this author. Make sure to pick it up when it hits stores on February 27th!

RATING: 4/5

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