Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dragonswood Review


Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.

What I Loved
The World
At first I was a little confused with the parameters of the world. Witch hunts were happening, but dragons and fae lived within the world. To me this didn't make since and than I learned that a lady of importantance was brutally tortured by witches. When more of the world was unveiled I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love reading books with dragons and the fae. 
A Companion Novel
Dragonswood is the companion book to Dragon's Keep. Dragon's Keep takes place a few generations earlier and mentions are made of what Princess Rosalind accomplished. Carey did a good job making references and telling little tidbits about what happened. I didn't feel the need to set down Dragonswood and find Dragon's Keep. I would like to one day read Dragon's Keep because I did enjoy this book and I would like to hear Rosalind's story in detail.
Tess: She is a very strong willed character and I really loved her character for this. Tess does have some weak moments under extremely harsh circumstances, but she does everything she can to right her wrongs and make amends. She is very leery of men and doesn't trust easily and the growth she shows throughout the book is inspiring. 

A Bit More
I would have liked a few more connecting moments between the characters. Some YA goes very young in this aspect and with the couples only share a few looks and than they are madly in love. The lack of romantic wooing doesn't hurt the story because it isn't about the romance but the growth of our girl Tess and her trials to become the woman she is meant to be.   

Well worth the read especially if you love the fantasy world with dragons and fairies. 

Releases January 5th
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From my understanding all of Carey's books are stand alone novels. The worlds may connect, but the story is written to stand independently. 
Dragon's Keep (companion novel)


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