Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey Review

"On Wilde Island, there is no peace between dragons, fairies, and humans.

Wilde Island is in an uproar over the recent death of its king. As the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans begins to fray, the royal witch hunter with a hidden agenda begins a vengeful quest to burn girls suspected of witchcraft before a new king is crowned.

Strong-willed Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet, wants more for herself than a husband and a house to keep. But in times like these wanting more can be dangerous. Accused of witchery, Tess and her two friends are forced to flee the violent witch hunter. As their pursuer draws ever closer they find shelter with a huntsman in the outskirts of the forbidden Dragonswood sanctuary. But staying with the mysterious huntsman poses risks of its own: Tess does not know how to handle the attraction she feels for him—or resist the elusive call that draws her deeper onto the heart of Dragonswood."

Finally! The sequel to Dragon's Keep. I wonder if the author wants her fans to die while waiting for the sequel. (Joke, but three, four years of waiting?)

Anyway, I totally think Dragonwood is better than Dragon's Keep. Dragonswood is more mature and different from Dragon's Keep. Of course, there's a huge span of time between the books so it's different. Dragonswood has a lot of things going on at once. When it's the end, everything comes together and it will be a big OH! 

The storyline is good. I mean, really good. Finally, there's someone who is trying to find a piece of safety. Finally, there's someone who can look after herself. Finally, there's someone who wants and is independent. And there's a good looking dude who is just around the corner and can't seem to understand Tess. It's so adorable. Better than Dragon's Keep. 

I love how Tess narrates her story. I feel much better than the princess' voice from Dragon's Keep. Less whiny and spoiled, Tess is much more mature and much stronger, after years of putting up with abuse and hatred. Well, mostly mature. She hasn't learned forgiveness yet, by the end of the book though (sorry, if that's a spoiler to some of you). 

Garth, that guy, goes by many names, but can capture all our hearts. I bet he's going to be in the next book (the sequel) along with his... The romance between Tess and Garth is so adorable (gah! I use adorable too frequently). 

What else? What else? What else? More thoughts on what I think for Dragonswood? (Yeah, let's do that.)

Dragonswood is a fun book. You don't have to read Dragon's Keep, but it will help if you do read it because it will expand what you know on the Dragon's Keep universe. I recommend this book to pretty much younger teens and under (but not too young. There's some weird parts in the book, aka I'm going to have a heart attack scenes because they have so much chemistry). 

Rating: Four out of Five

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