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The upcoming schedule is:
8/24/19 — Books about Dragons
8/31/19 — Books with a Road Trip
9/7/19 — Summer Reads
9/14/19 — Set in Space
9/21/19 — Over 500 Pages
9/28/19 — Books with Maps
I was surprised when Mandy @Devouring Books tagged me. I haven’t done one of these posts in a while. So, here goes nothing!!
This weeks theme is Dragons. Yes, those fire breathing reptiles that every princess fears and every knight wants to kill. I had to really think about what books I have read that featured a dragon in it. It was a stretch but I was able to come up with five. Here they are:
- Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman.
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.
Returning to the fascinating world she created in the award-winning and New York Times bestselling Seraphina, Rachel Hartman introduces readers to a new character and a new quest, pushing the boundaries of genre once again in this wholly original fantasy.
This is technically not a dragon book per say. This book focuses on a subspecies of dragon called the quigutl as well as the adventures of Tess. I wasn’t a fan of this book. It got a rare 2 star rating from me. My review here
2. Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz—or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest—perhaps to death. Only Verity’s return—or the heir his princess carries—can save the Six Duchies.
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him—currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was.
I loved this series!!! The dragons come into play in this book as secondary characters. They are very important to the plotline. I highly recommend this book but I suggest starting from book 1. This is not a series you can start in the middle of. Also, I do not have a review published.
3. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Wizardwood, a sentient wood.
The most precious commodity in the world.
Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds.
But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship fashioned from wizardwood can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? Rare and valuable a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried on deck in his death-throes. Althea waits for the ship that she loves more than anything else in the world to awaken. Only to discover that the Vivacia has been signed away in her father’s will to her brutal brother-in-law, Kyle Haven…
Others plot to win or steal a liveship. The Paragon, known by many as the Pariah, went mad, turned turtle, and drowned his crew. Now he lies blind, lonely, and broken on a deserted beach. But greedy men have designs to restore him, to sail the waters of the Rain Wild River once more.
Cover illustration by John Howe
Yes, another Robin Hobb book. Ship of Magic takes place in the same world as Assassin’s Quest. I can’t get into how the dragons factor into this book because of spoilers. But it is pretty interesting. Again, another series I highly reccomend. I also do not have a written review for this book.
4. Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl:
The Dragon King seeks his princess—who dares to stop him?
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon marry. She dreams of a charming prince, but when her first suitor arrives, he’s not what she’d hoped. Prince Aethelbald of mysterious Farthestshore has travelled a great distance to prove his love–and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be on the hunt and blazing a path of terror.
Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald’s offer–and ignores his cautions with dire consequences. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in his sights. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.
I am not sure what I thought of this book. I gave it a 5 star rating but no review? From the other reviews, it looks like a romance with action (coming from the dragon). Can’t say if I would reccomend it or not.
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks
From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…
Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. When the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…
Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?
This book has everything. It has dragon shifters, dragons, Elven princesses, and of course the bad guys. I loved it and would reccomend it. My review here
So that’s it!! My top 5 books about dragons. Hope everyone liked it. And I know that I am supposed to tag people. I can’t (super busy at the moment) but I would love it if some of you did it. I would love reading your picks.
Be on the lookout, next week, when I give my Top 5 Books with a Road Trip. Hmmm, this should be interesting.