Lightbringer’s series review was supposed to be out today, but I am pushing it back to next week, just because I need more time with it. As such, we are jumping into dragon book reviews!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Trusted by K.C. Glass
Synopsis From The Book
Renick, the fifth son of a dragon breeder, crashes into an unexpected adventure that challenges everything he thought he knew about dragons, history, and himself. Stranded in the massive Helath forest, Renick meets two other passengers: Thane, a noble training to be a dragon knight, and Lainey, the orphaned niece of a healer. Together they survive an attack by vicious wolves, rescue a baby dragon with a broken wing, and escape from a band of dragon hunters as they make a perilous climb into the mountains. What they discover there will change everything.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Instead of diving in deep this month with the longest books on my list, I decided to start small and work my way up. I know that my priority list is the other way, and I did this for that exact reason. After reading Lightbringer, I needed some sort of cleanser, for my mind and soul before diving deep again into another epic. (Granted, Priory is a single book and I’m not too worried about it, but still it is massive) As such I am going to start off the month with what I hope will be a nice simmer. The books are short, averaging at 165 pages give or take, per book. I only have the first three of four, where the fourth I could not get in paperback and I’m not too worried about that. If I desperately need it, then I’ll get it when I get the remaining books I need. AKA after Christmas. On to the book. Premise wise, I thought this would be a good way to start. It is about dragon breeders, dragon knights, dragon hunters, and the likes. Fully immersed in dragon culture, and a great way to start the month of dragons. I plan to read books 1 through 3 in one sitting, since they are so short. (save the reviews in between).Let’s go!
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
WOWOW. I knew it was going to be short, but that was too short with far too much that happened. I’m in love with this lore already. This is great. It took me a little longer than expected, which can be accomplished by how much happens. This was a fantastic book!
Renick is headed to start his apprenticeship when his flyer – pulled by a dragon — is shot down. He, a girl name Lainey, and a boy named Thane, have to survive in the forest together. The first night they are attacked by wolves, and the next day they find a baby dragon next to its dead mother. The baby has a broken wing and Lainey fixes it. The three travel through the forest with the baby, and come across hunters. The baby dragon, named Plyth, warns them with his voice. They run and discover dragons can talk. After finding a waterfall, and Lainey almost drowning, Renick is captured by Hunters. The three save Renick and they flee to the mountains where they are saved by Plyth’s grandmother.
Her name is Wrytha, and she takes them to the dragon lands. There they are imprisoned as prisoners of war. They are released to work in the mines and after a mine collapse where they save two dragons, they are tried again. Before the trial Lainey is given a dragon heart stone, and the gift of magic, by one of the dragons she saved who will not make it through the night. At their trial they are “spoken” where they become a part of the clans, and are allowed to go home after being marked. The three travel to where they were to be apprenticing, and are reunited with their families. The book ends with the town being attacked by a dragon.
What I Liked:
Renick; He is introduced as a dragon nerd, who knows everything about identification due to his upbringing as a breeder. He also knows many tale and legends which prove true. He is called Trusted, and everything about him is. He also can speak the dragon language natively, which I know will come up later.
Lainey; She is first introduced as a chatterbox, but she is Kind. She is a healer in practice, and in nature, aiming to be close to people to help all people. She is fearful, and has claustrophobia, but she is a good girl.
Thane; He is the oldest of the trio and Brave. He is the knight apprentice and a noble. It is clear in how he acts and talks. He is the stubborn tsundere of the group, and I found him hilariously charming.
Plyth; So cute. Such perfect baby. Must protect.
Other Dragons; I found them entertaining and diverse in their otherness.
Dragon culture; This is what takes the cake for the book. This culture is introduced and thoroughly explored for how a first book can. We learn of their judicial process, their culture, their language, their beliefs, and so much more all within a few pages. I find their culture fully dragon in many ways, from how they die, to how they live. This was amazing.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Time Taken To Read
As a MG novel, or what I think is MG, this book was executed very well. I understood the characters immediately from their interactions with each other, and the lore itself for the dragons was golden.