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Four Stars: Heart of the Dragon’s Realm by Karalynn Lee

Read and Review HopIn a land torn by war, the arranged marriage of a headstrong princess to a reclusive mountain king would seem of little consequence… unless you’re the princess! Kimri is bound for adventure greater than she can imagine, however, and perhaps a solution to the war that has plagued her childhood, if only she can break through the gruff exterior of her new husband-to-be in Heart of the Dragon’s Realm, a touching romantic fantasy.

You know me and dragons ;-). When I saw the title and the dragons in the background of Heart of the Dragon’s Realm on NetGalley, I had to request it :D. A big thank you to Carina Press and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this great book! While Karalynn Lee states on her author page that she is more of a romantic writer, the fantasy element in Heart of the Dragon’s Realm was plenty strong for me, and so I highly recommend this story for all fantasy and dragon readers out there :D.

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Title:
Heart of the Dragon’s Realm
Author: Karalynn Lee
Pages: 142 pages (ebook)
Genre-ish: Epic Fantasy + romance
Rating★★★ really fun, minor flaws

Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan’s reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom—where dragons are said to guard the castle walls—but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union.

When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king.

But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her? — Goodreads


Strengths:

  • I loved the writing style of Heart of the Dragon’s Realm. There was a sense of wonder and excitement that made me really happy to pick this one up, which is a refreshing change from the high stress that some novels have in order to stay interesting.
  • While Lee is mainly a romance author, trust me, there is a strong fantasy element in this story beyond just the setting, you just have to be a little patient ;-). Dragons :D.
  • The culture of the mountain people was an awesome break from the traditional medieval-based fantasy cultures, and the mountain king’s personality really complemented his people’s culture and made him an awesome secondary character.
  • There is so much potential at the end of Heart of the Dragon’s Realm. More please??

Weaknesses:

  • The plot is mostly driven by Kimri being forced into a marriage or making (arguably) bad decisions, which was a little frustrating. Basically most of the story of Heart of the Dragon’s Realm could have been avoided if Kimri had thought through things a little more….
  • The last third of the book felt a bit rushed, making the epic finale less satisfying and epic than it could have been.
  • A few loose ends that I really wish had been tied up, unless there is going to be more books ;-).

Summary:

I really enjoyed Heart of the Dragon’s Realm and highly recommend anyone who likes epic fantasy, dragons, and a good romance to check this one out! I’m also really hoping that Karalynn Lee decides to write a sequel, since there seems to be potential for more world-building and character development at the end of this one. While the plot seemed a little forced at times, the characters and magic more than made up for the minor flaws.

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings - A

 

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Comments

  1. I don’t know how I missed this one on NetGalley. It sounds just like something I would enjoy. :) Great review, another book for me to looking forward to read in 2013. :)

  2. This book sounds really fun – the arranged marriage, 2 differing cultures, strife and mayhem throughout the land….and dragons, of course. I will have to put this one on my TBR Mountain.

    • Haha, I understand the TBR mountain, but I encourage it to shift to the top ;-) especially because it was a really fast read for me because I liked it so much and it was pretty short ;-)

  3. Sounds like a really good book, I’ll be adding this to my wishlist.

    Thanks for sharing and reviewing. :)

  4. I love the way you format your reviews! It is so easy to read and so clearly drawn out!

    • Aw <3 I actually thought long and hard about making it as easy and clear as possible for my readers to see what the book is about and what I thought and why, so that makes me really happy :D

  5. I’m so glad you liked the writing style, and of course, I’m excited to read anything with dragons in it! :)

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  6. Great review. Love Dragon adult novels never read one in YA. Will have to check it out.

  7. I’ll have to check this one out. I love a good fantasy and anytime they involve dragons is a plus! Nice review!

  8. Sounds like a good book…I like a little romantic fantasy sometimes. Thanks for reviewing it.

    http://rachelreadingnthinking.blogspot.com/

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