Tuesday 14 August 2018

Book Review: Dragon's Debt; H.L. Burke.

Woah, was it really 2014 that I read the first book in this series?! That's so long ago! Honestly though, I stumbled upon this while clearing out my Kindle and remembered that I rather liked book one. I knew it would be short too, so it was good to sit down and read it!

SOURCE: Author Sent Copy
TYPE: E-Read

TITLE: Dragon's Debt
AUTHOR: H.L. Burke
SERIES: The Dragon And The Scholar (#2)
PUBLISHER: Amazon's Digital Services
PAGES: 196
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

RATING: 3.5/5 Stars

Scholar Shannon Macaulay and the Dragon-Prince Ewan have been traveling together for a year when their blissful companionship is interrupted by a cryptic message from their friend Martin.

"Come to Westshire. Edmond needs you."

Drawn to his brother's aid, Ewan finds himself hunting an elusive monster: a winged beast kidnapping young women and stealing their memories. Its latest victim is the Princess Brighid of Westshire, the very girl Edmond has recently fallen for, to the disapproval of her temperamental father, King Riley, and stoic brother, Prince Ryan. 

Ewan is determined to rescue his brother's beloved, no matter what the cost. But when Ryan's eyes fall upon Shannon, the dragon realises the cost might be greater than he is willing to pay.

What I Liked:
  • Despite the four years since reading book one, I still remembered these characters. And this world. And in fact, that made me really happy! It's a testament to a writer's skill that they can write such a memorable book, especially if it was short.
  • The plot of this book was pretty fun too, I especially liked that it developed the characters further. We got to see more of Edmond and Martin, but with plenty of Ewan and Shannon to keep me happy. I liked the newest character, Ryan, too. Sure he was a bit grumpy and the third point in a love triangle, but he was respectful and likeable all the same.
What I Disliked:
  • This series is a tad juvenile. Many people have tagged it as YA, but I disagree with that judgement as it feels more like a middle grade read really. The dialogue was a little forced at times, and I didn't feel as much of that connection between Shannon and Ewan that I liked from book one.
Overall Conclusion:
I think this series has some real potential, despite the covers that I'm really not a fan of. Good characters and a likeable plot, it's a tad predictable but a fun, easy read for sure. I don't know that I'll be racing to read the next book, but I certainly won't discount this series!

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