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Book: The Dragon Heir
Author: Amelia Wood
Book Series: The Dragon Heir Book 1
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
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!