Rating: 4.7 Stars
Short Summary: Like most fantasy novels, its hard to create a short summary encompassing all that is this piece. The daughter of the dragon King, Asha, the best dragon slayer, attempts to take down the First Dragon in order to be granted the freedom from marrying a cruel suitor. She soon discovers that there is much she does not understand about the magic that surrounds her and stories she is forbidden to tell.
The only interaction I’ve had with Ciccarelli is listening to her speak at Word o
n the Street in Toronto. Her book really intrigued me then and she seems like the kind of author who would be fun to grab a coffee with and chat.
What I liked: Great characters. We follow Asha through this piece, and she’s instantly a character I can cling to. She’s tough, she’s smart, she’s got power and willpower. She doesn’t give up, but keeps her moral compass strong when the world around her begins to shift. The antagonist is someone you love to hate, and the romantic interest develops so subtly it practically sneaks up on you and leaves you wanting more.
Fantastic Writing. I inhaled this in two days. It was certainly one of those books that I could have stayed up all night reading if I hadn’t forced myself to put it down. I love Ciccarelli’s spellbinding style. I was entranced.
Creative Story. Its been a few years since I’ve read a really good Dragon story and this certainly hit the mark. The story telling elements added unique perspectives to the piece and helped build the world within my mind.
What I didn’t: Its hard to find anything really. I’d probably warn a future reader that there are some slow sections in the first half of the book, but they are pretty integral to the understanding of the rest of the piece.
Recommendation: If you’re a fantasy fan, its a must read and certainly book hangover worthy.