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Released: October 19 2021
Genre: Young Adult
Published by Harper Teen
“Dragons, kingdoms, magic, strife, danger, it really has a little bit of everything.”~ Under the Covers
Starting off slow with an interesting setting, the book picked up the pace and kept me completely hooked from start till finish. It’s an interesting world where draignochs, similar to dragons, ravaged the land in the past and today are fearsome creatures that are killed for sport.
This is a dual point of view book, were we follow Maggie & Griffin. Both with similar backgrounds but extremely different circumstances today, from the beginning it’s clear that something will connect them together.
What I loved the most was the world and its plot. We follow Maggie as she discovers not only her dormant powers, but also who she is and about her past. Living with Xavier, an eccentric man who took her in when she was little and who has searched all his life for real magic. In the meantime, he performs magic tricks and Maggie is his trusted assistant on the state. Travelling together on the road she hides from the King’s soldiers. She then stumbles upon a massive cage with a draignoch being taken by the king’s men to the capital, and she immediately forms a bond with it. This marks the beginning of a dangerous adventure, as both Xavier & Maggie travel to the capital with the crown prince to perform magic in front of the king.
The court intrigue and the different characters we meet there are interesting enough, the most exciting ones being Jari the crown prince and Griffin the champion of the king. I really enjoyed getting to know each a bit more and the dual point of view between Griffin and Maggie was great!
However, I did not enjoy as much how the connections between characters came to be: at times it felt a bit rushed. Time loses meaning and it seems that in a blink of an eye, we all care about each other. I would have liked more situations and experiences that could bond our main characters together a bit more.
And finally, I would have liked to have had more development towards the end. Everything was resolved in the last ten percent of the book, which felt a bit anticlimactic after so many pages of complications and issues. Tying everything off with a nice little bow in just a few chapters. All that angst and stress for a quick resolutions is sometimes not what we need.
But, apart from this, I actually enjoyed this book a lot. The world is interesting and you read at a relatively quick pace. Dragons, kingdoms, magic, strife, danger, it really has a little bit of everything.
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