Can’t Wait Wednesday: Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months.

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

last-dragon-standing-by-rachel-aaronLast Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #5

Published by Aaron/Bach

Publishing date: March 1, 2018

Genre: Urban Fantasy

336 pages

Synopsis: There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob’s grand plan finally comes to fruition. 

But the Great Seer of the Heartstrikers isn’t the only one whose schemes are nearing completion. The Nameless End is coming, and even the machinations of the world’s most brilliant dragon seer might not be enough to stop it. As the world comes crashing down, it’s up Julius to prove what he’s always known: that seers can be wrong, and Nice Dragons don’t always finish last.

……………….

This is the last book in the series. I love this series and am sorry to see it end, but I also respect an author who has a vision of where they want their story to go and sticks with it.

Rachel Aaron has done a great job as an author with this series, but she’s also self-published these books. One of the problems with self-publishing is often the editing of the book. From what I’ve seen these books are published every bit as professionally as a big publishing house does it.

I finished book 4 a couple of weeks ago and am all set for this last book! If you haven’t read this series and if you like fantasies I hope you will read these books. Start with book 1. I don’t think you will be disappointed!

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

no-good-dragon-goes-unpunishedNo Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Heartstriker Mountain, Desert Southwest, Detroit DFZ
Published by Aaron/Bach, LLC
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: August 5, 2016)
–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.
478 pages
Grade: A
Synopsis: When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn’t part of any proper dragon’s vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling Council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.

To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there’s more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda’s closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin’s war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it.

Initial impressions

  • I loved this book. One of my favorites so far this year. It’s a great addition to the series!

The story

  • The book picks up right where the last book ended. Julius beat his mother and could have killed her, but he has a vision for his clan–to live peacefully together.
  • He has created a three member council which will rule the Heartstrikers. He and his mother are two members, but they still need to vote for the third member.
  • The Heartstriker dragons have never encountered an idea like Julius’ and they don’t like it. All the Heartstriker dragons have returned to Heartstriker Mountain and most of them are ready to kill each other and/or Julius.
  • Algonquin has declared war on the dragons so the Heartstriker dragons need to present a unified front. But with so many dragons trying to kill each other and Julius is that possible?

Pluses

  • The book takes place during just a few days, but they are action-packed days.
  • So many great characters in these books–especially Bob, Amelia, Chelsie, Svena, Ghost and, of course, Marcie and Julius.
  • New characters are introduced in this book and they’re very interesting, too. I really like Raven. He’s very devious and has his own agenda.
  • The book has many twists and turns. It’s hard to see how Julius can really use democratic methods with the dragons.
  • Most of the dragons have lived for hundreds of years and they have many secrets to keep. Amelia, Bob and Chelsie all have secrets that are part of this story.
  • I like the way Rachel Aaron puts a story together. Her books are very readable and well plotted.
  • By the end of the book I’m not sure how or if everything will hold together for the Heartstrikers.
  • There will be at least one more book in this series. It’s good to know the author has things figured out for the series! Though I don’t want to see the series end.

Minuses

  • None–other than having to wait for book 4!

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I can’t wait for the next book. This is such a great series and I’m really invested in these characters.
  • The audiobook is coming out September 13 and is available now for preorder. These would be fun books to listen to in audio, I think.
  • The ebook is available on Kindle Unlimited which is great if you are a subscriber to that.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Rachel Aaron is the author of 11 novels, including the Fantasy fan favorites THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS and NICE DRAGONS FINISH LAST. She also writes romantic Science Fiction under the name Rachel Bach, starting with FORTUNE’S PAWN, a high octane romantic adventure about a powered armor mercenary who gets in way over her head, published by Orbit Books.
  • In addition to her fiction, Rachel is also known for her bestselling writing efficiency book 2K TO 10K: WRITING BETTER, WRITING FASTER, AND WRITING MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE. To learn more about Rachel and all her titles, visit http://www.rachelaaron.net!
  • Author Links
    Website: http://www.rachelaaron.net
    Twitter: @Rachel_Aaron
    Facebook: facebook.com/RachelAaronAuthor

Reading Challenges

Waiting on Wednesday: June 1

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

 

no-good-dragon-goes-unpunished-by-Rachel-AaronNo Good Dragon Goes Unpunished by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #3

Publication Date: August 5

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn’t part of any proper dragon’s vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling Council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.

To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there’s more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda’s closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin’s war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it.

……………………………..

Why this book sounds good:
  • I love this series
  • I love the world Rachel Aaron has created. The dragons are especially fun to read about–especially Bob. And Julius, of course.
  • I really want to know what happens next with Julius, Marci, Bob.
  • I like that Rachel Aaron also writes science fiction as Rachel Bach. The Paradox series was so much fun to read!

Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

one-good-dragon-deserves-anotherOne 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.
404 pages
Grade: A-
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.

Cheers

  • 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.

Jeers

  • 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?

Author info

  • 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.

Reading Challenges

WoW: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m Waiting-on-Wednesdaylooking forward to coming out in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

 

 

I found out the publication date and cover for this book just a couple of days ago! I’m really excited I only have a couple of months to wait. 🙂

 

One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstrikers #2

Publication Date: August 1, 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 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.

……………………………..

Why I want this book

  • I read the first book–Nice Dragons Finish Last–and it was one of my favorite books of 2014.
    • BTW, Nice Dragons Finish Last is available for $.99 at Amazon during the month of June so if I haven’t read it . . . .
  • I love the world portrayed in the first book–especially the dragons.
  • Ms. Aaron self-publishes these books and does a great job.
  • I like the cover!

Review: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last
Nice Dragons Finish Last

 

Nice Dragons Finish Last
by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #1
Genre: Fantasy
Published by self-published, 2014
E-book, Purchased
315 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…

“Come on, you didn’t really think I belonged in a place like that, did you? I mean, look at me.”

He waved his hand at his ratty T-shirt and jeans, and Marci began to sputter. “I thought you were wearing that ironically!” she cried. “You know, one of those ‘I’m wearing comfortable clothes because I’m too cool to care how rich I am’ guys.”

and

“I can’t believe it. I finally meet a dragon, and he’s a year younger than I am. I have the worst luck ever.”

  • Rachel Aaron self-published this book and did a good job.
  • There’s a mix of irreverent humor, problem-solving and action in this book! It’s a lot of fun to read. As my husband would say–this is a page turner!
  • I love the way Ms. Aaron creates this world. The way magic comes back into the world. I’m looking forward to learning more in the next book.
  • The DFZ–Detroit Free Zone–is so interesting. A new city built on top of the old city, but the old city is still teeming with people trying to survive.
  • The dragons are fierce and scary at times, but so interesting. The dragons see humans mostly as pawns for their use.
  • Julius reminds me a little of Fortitude Scott in the Generation V series. They’re both considered weak by their families. They have to learn how to live in their worlds with their family and the reality of their lives. Once Julius realizes he has to stop trying to hide he shows how clever he really is.
  • The way Julius’ mother–Bethesda–names each of her Heartstriker children from her 10 clutches of eggs. “A” names for the first to the “J” names for her last group of children. This helps her remember her children!
  • Marci Novalli is a mage who was getting her doctorate in Thaumaturgical theory before she had to leave her home. She flees to the DFZ where she meets Julius. She needs work so she agrees to help Julius get into a party. She has no idea what she’s getting into, but she’s very confident about her magical abilities!
  • I love the characters in this book especially the Heartstriker dragons we meet and learn a little about: ambitious Ian; enforcer Chelsie, self-absorbed Jessica, brash and arrogant Justin, seer Bob. I hope we meet more of the Heartstriker dragons in future books.
  • I especially enjoy Bob who’s a seer. Seers tend to be a little crazy and sometimes give obscure predictions. Bob seems to delight in that.
  • The end of the book sets up lots of possibilities for the future of all the dragons…and future books!

Jeers

  • I like this book a lot. One of my favorites of the year so far–so no jeers!

And a few thoughts

  • I can’t wait for the next book in this series–One Good Dragon Deserves Another should be out this Fall!
  • Rachel Bach and Rachel Aaron are the same writer. Ms. Bach wrote the science fiction Paradox trilogy about the mercenary Devi Morris which I ended up loving. I read that Ms. Bach may write some more books set in the Paradox world! Yay!
  • Ms. Aaron previously wrote The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series (which I haven’t read yet–it’s always nice to have more books to look forward to).

Have you read this book? How did you like it?