My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Solid four stars, I really really enjoyed this book and read it in less than a day, which definitely says something about my enjoyment of this book.
I love that dragons need stories to become stronger, and that storytelling is such a major part of this book. Also the dragons themselves are amazing. Shadow is so sweet and deserved so much more. The characters were really entertaining and the plot was very well thought out. Most of the plot twists I saw coming, with the exception of the truth behind the death of Asha’s mother, which really surprised me. I was actually really upset that one of the characters that I thought was a good guy was actually one of the bad guys. I definitely thought he was going to be redeemed and we would learn that he just made a mistake, but that did NOT happen.
I loved the plot and how the religion was woven into the story. I’m not usually a fan of religion as a major part of fantasy novels, but this was really well done.
The reasons I took a star away was because at first I REALLY did not like Asha. She was far too close minded and I could not stand her and how she treated everyone around her. When the Old One started giving her gifts and having her complete tasks for him, I could see what it meant from a mile away, but Asha either chose not to see it or was so consumed with her desire to kill the First Dragon that she just ignored the signs. The other reason I took a star away is because there really wasn’t a lot of information given with the background of the Old One, Namsara and Iskari. I wish it would’ve gone into more detail on who and what they are. It also would’ve been nice to have a map to reference, as I found I kept going to the front of the book to look up these locations but there was nothing there!
Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and I’m looking forward to book 2 because this is a fascinating world and I really want to hear more about these characters and find out what happens to them.