The Dragon Heir by Amelia Wood

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Book: The Dragon Heir

Author: Amelia Wood

Book Series: The Dragon Heir Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, high fantasy

Publication Date: March 12, 2022

Genre: YA Fantasy

Age Relevance: 16+ (violence, gore, abuse, trauma, political intrigue)

Explanation of Above: There is some violence and gore in this book. There is also abuse shown in the book and resulting trauma from it. There is also some political intrigue in the book.

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 334

Synopsis: Steel and vengeance…

Ember Ignis, the heir of House Draco, knows hatred. She’s grown up in it, reveled in it, under the watchful eye of her mother, Lady Verity. Second only in power to the royal family, Ember and Verity are practically untouchable.

That is, of course, until Verity goes missing, leaving Ember scrambling to find her mother as rumors of a powerful rebel group spread. Armed only with rumors and the assistance of a lesser son from a low house, she is willing to cleave the world apart to get her mother back.

All the while, the crown prince of House Phoenix, Asher Cinis, struggles with a crushing addiction that dulls the abuse he endures at his mother’s hands. He prepares to flee, to abandon duty and honor- until Juniper Farley, a new servant at the palace, steps into his life and sees him beyond the crown.

As Ember races to find her mother before the consequences turn deadly, and Asher struggles to choose between his head and his heart, they find enemies lurking in every corner, and that the brightest smiles hide the darkest secrets.

Review: For the most part I liked this book. It was intriguing and gave me a lot of Game of Thrones vibes and reminded me of House of Dragons. The book did good to keep the action coming and I really liked the character development. The book also kept me guessing as far as what was really going on underneath the story. I also felt the pacing was on point for the most part and the plot was good.

The only issues I had with the book are that the world building was a bit lacking in some areas of the book. I wanted a little more of that. I also got a bit confused in a few spots. The beginning of the book was a bit confusing as well as the some of the middle.

Verdict: It was good!

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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Book: Dragon Pearl

Author: Yoon Ha Lee

Book Series: Thousand Worlds Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Chinese MC and characters and inspired setting

Recommended For…: middle grade readers, sci-fi, mythology, own voice, Chinese inspired and mythology

Publication Date: January 15, 2019

Genre: MG Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 11+ (violence, gore, death, prejudice)

Explanation of CWs: There is some violence, including some explosions and spaceship crashes, and very slight gore. There is also death mentioned, but it is not sad as ghosts can be around and do things. There is also some talk about the prejudice that the MC experiences as a gumiho.

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Pages: 310

Synopsis: THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD MIN comes from a long line of fox spirits. But you’d never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times.

Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She’s counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds.

When word arrives that Jun is suspected of leaving his post to go in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows that something is wrong. Jun would never desert his battle cruiser, even for a mystical object rumored to have tremendous power. She decides to run away to find him and clear his name.

Min’s quest will have her meeting gamblers, pirates, and vengeful ghosts. It will involve deception, lies, and sabotage. She will be forced to use more fox-magic than ever before, and to rely on all of her cleverness and bravery. The outcome may not be what she had hoped, but it has the potential to exceed her wildest dreams.

Review: This was my first reread of the year and I absolutely loved it! The book is even better the second time around with the twists and so many little details that the author hides throughout the book. The character development is great, the world building is amazing, and the plot is so intriguing it’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Yoon Ha Lee is the go-to author if you’re looking for epic sci-fi books!

The only issue I had with the book is that the pacing is a bit fast and it can get a little confusing, but it’s still a wonderful read.

Verdict: Highly recommend!