One Good Dragon Deserves Another
by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Detroit DFZ, New Mexico and a few other places
Published by Aaron/Bach LLC, 2015
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: August 1, 2015)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Synopsis: After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.
Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side.
- I was so excited when the author’s husband sent an email and asked if I would like an e-Arc! That was a no brainer. 🙂
- Second in a self-published urban fantasy series. The first book in the series was one of my favorite books of 2014.
- This book lived up to the first book. I love it! We find out more about dragons and especially the Heartstrikers.
- I like the world she has built. We learn more about it in this book and it’s very interesting.
- I like the work Julius and Marci have created for themselves. We see them doing magical animal removal in the DFZ in the first part of the book. They’ve started their own business and Julius is so happy about it. Then his mother, Bethesda visits . . . .
- Bethesda is a very scary dragon. She has lots of children which makes her somewhat different from other dragons. She has had 10 clutches so far. Because she has so many children she’s a little careless with them!
- I love the Heartstriker dragons’ origins–Quetzalcoatl was Bethesda’s father. So she and her children are feathered serpents.
- The dragons are fun to read about. Each dragon has so much character and are unique. Except for their arrogance and aggressiveness which all dragons except Julius seem to have.
- We get more Bob (Brohomir) in this book! He’s a dragon seer!
- Amelia is a dragon we didn’t meet in the first book. She’s the only dragon still alive from Bethesda’s first clutch. Amelia is the heir to the Heartstrikers, the Planeswalker, Clan Magus and Consort to the Concept of Mountains! Bethesda doesn’t want Amelia around since she doesn’t trust anyone. After all, Bethesda killed her own father to inherit everything.
- I love Marci. She’s smart, funny, loyal, very enthusiastic(!) and a great friend. I also like Ghost who is bound to her. He’s a very interesting character who becomes even more interesting in this book.
- Julius and Marci are very cute together. They like each other, but don’t know quite what to do with that.
- I really like the story in this book. There are twists and turns, but Julius stays true to himself.
- None! I love this book.
And a few thoughts . . .
- The book ends with the problems of this book wrapped up, but with more problems for more books! I’m really glad about that and happy to read at the end that Ms. Aaron hopes to have the third book published in early 2016.
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
- Rachel Aaron was born and raised in Atlanta, but currently lives a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with her faster-than-the-speed-of-light son, perpetually understanding husband, and fat weiner dog. She writes full time, all the time, but when her family can drag her away from her own books, she loves reading fantasy (urban and traditional), Romance (paranormal and Regency), and Science Fiction (all kinds). She also enjoys video games, Minecraft, anime, manga, hanging out at conventions, and overdone, epic things.
- She has also written a productivity book–2 k to 10k and The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series and the Paradox Science Fiction trilogy under the name Rachel Bach.