Trigger Warning: Parental Death, Torture
Disclaimer: I was given an eARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
As the Dragon Heir, seventeen-year-old Kaia inherited the power of flame to protect her homeland from a godlike necromancer’s undead army. But after centuries of peace, the necromancer has faded to myth, and the Dragon Heir is feared by the people. Persecuted and cast out, Kaia struggles to embrace and control her seemingly useless gift while confined to her family’s farm.
But when the necromancer’s undead terrorize the land once again, Kaia runs away to join the battle.
With the help of her childhood rival, the handsome Shadow Heir, and a snarky, cursed cat, Kaia must figure out how to control both her fire and her confidence in time to save Okarria. If she fails, she will sacrifice her family, her new friends, and the enchanting world she has only just begun to see.
And time is running out (Goodreads, 2020).
Things I Enjoyed: I found this to be a good coming of age story. I could sympathize with Kaia’s insecurities and enjoyed reading about how she came into her own power. I’m also a sucker for love interests named Klaus and liked watching their relationship develop from bickering rivalry to true romance. There are definitely a lot of sweet moments between these two towards the end of the book.
Lastly, the animal companions really held my heart here. Shad the snarky cat had some of the best lines in the book. And Gus was such a sweet animal guardian for Kaia, really living up to being man’s best friend.
Things I Didn’t Enjoy/Would Have Changed/Found Confusing: There seems to be something missing in terms of world building here. Significant backstory regarding this world’s history is nowhere to be found. I felt like a prequel of some kind would have been helpful to me as the reader to understand how some characters were connected and what was happening in this world at large.
Overall Thoughts: This is a good coming of age story that fans of YA fantasy would enjoy. This was a 4 out of 5 star read for me.
Quotes I Enjoyed/Found Significant:
Anyone can be brave, Mackie. It’s a choice we make every day… Sometimes, when I’m scared, I just tell myself that I’m brave, over and over.”… Then, I take the first step… That’s the hardest part.”