Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review for Half-Blood Dragon by K.N. Lee - 4 out of 5


Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of age journey that will leave you breathless.

Prophecy says that the half-blood dragon will destroy the world - some might be looking forward to it.
A lady-in-waiting's job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather's plan to elevate the family's station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince.

Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen's days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits.
The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince's murder.

For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters.
It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire.
Change is coming. So is a new prophecy that threatens the fate of the entire world.


First off, I love the cover!! I really enjoyed the premise for this book, and there are some unique, interesting characters. Also, I felt like the story had a couple surprises and twists in it that I wasn't expecting; a couple I guessed, but also a couple I didn't, so I liked that the story took a different turn than the norm. In the beginning, I wasn't quite feeling the story because I'm not huge on court politics, so I was glad when the story went in a different direction, and the beginnings of an epic quest began, but the ending of this book felt a bit abrupt; I do want to know more for sure though, so I'm looking forward to the next book, but this book did feel like we've barely even begun the story. I do think the last chapter was an excellent tease for events to come in the next books, and I look forward to seeing how Rowan will react to this news, and how the person's whose POV the chapter is in will explain themselves (sorry being vague on purpose). I love Lee's descriptions, and I really feel like this story has some really great places it can go; I'm really hoping an epic journey is in the works! In this book, Rowen is half-dragon and half-human, and because of this she is treated as inferior, but because her family has some social standing, she has been allowed to be a lady-in-waiting to the Princess of the royal family, but people still treat Rowan as inferior. Rowan tries to keep her strength and not let these people affect her, but one person can only deal with so much, and she is also dealing with having certain powers that are forbidden to have that she must keep a secret; powers she could be killed for, and on top of that she has seen a prophecy that doesn't bode well for her, so Rowan feels like she has the weight of the World on her shoulders, and her options are limited, so she is a bit trapped. I love that dragons are involved, and I enjoyed the pirate aspect; although I didn't really care for the Captain's character. This book has good bones, and I'm excited to read the next book!

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