We close in on the end of the year, and we end the year with the next three book reviews. Sometime in January we will be back to two reviews a week, I think. Be prepared for tomorrow, I will be doing a twelve hour count down!
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.
Savage by Nicole Conway
Synopsis From The Book
Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.
Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.
Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.
As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
I remember reading the first series by this author and falling in love with them. This series takes place 40 years after the events of the first book series. Hopefully it can be just as much fun as the first one was.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Ahhh what a lovely book. There was a lot more mental battles than dragons in this book, and I am okay with that. I 100% recommend refreshing on the first series before reading this one. There are a few things that threw me at first until I remembered details.
Reigh is a human boy living in the world of Grey Elves. He has been unable to prove himself an adult and one day he tries to do that and almost gets himself and his friend Enyo killed. His not-father, Kiran, tells him it was a mistake, and that Reigh needs to have more patience. Reigh does not know who sis family is. He was trained as a healer and a fighter, by Kiran who will not let him call him father, and wants nothing more than to know who he is.
One day the royal family gets word that the human prince is traveling to their forest for aid. Kiran is ordered to get him, and Reigh runs away, deciding that he — and his dark power called Noh — do not belong in that world. Instead he finds the humans and helps save their lives and then is found by Kiran again. Back in the Elf capitol, they learn of the war happening in the human kingdom, and how everything is being destroyed. He meets the princess Hecate (spelling) who can hear voices, and decides to volunteer to take the humans home and help them.
Once across the border, they are ambushed by the enemy army, and taken hostage. Reigh saves them after saying what he thought was a lie — that he is a prince of the country — and surviving. Then he uses his powers and they escape to another place. In that city, they meet Jenna, the prince’s sister, and start planning for war. Reigh is chosen by Vexi to be a dragonrider.
A large battle breaks out and Reigh uses his powers but loses control. The Grey elves come to help, but Reigh accidentally destroys Kiran, and in that destroys far, far more. In Reigh’s grief he decides to return home, for he is a monster, only to get a dream to awaken someone. He steals things from the Queen of the elves, and awakens Jaevid from his sleep. The two return to the capitol.
What I Liked:
Reigh; This poor boy with a power for death who has gotten no answers. I feel that if he just got the answer of who he was and wasn’t denied his family, he would have been a lot easier to manage. He rejects everything about himself, instead. I hope that he gets to be happy, but it looks like he is a harbringer of death instead.
Kiran as a father; I loved this. I needed more. I’m so sad that he died. I hope he comes back but I doubt he will (and hope he won’t, for the potency of the death).
Aubren; I like him as a prince character. He’s charming, and a good leader in my mind. Sadly that isn’t the case for everyone else.
Jenna; A female dragon rider and I am all here for it!
Cont of characters; I liked to see where the characters from the first series ended up.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
I wish I had reread the series that came before, now. Just so I would remember a bit more on specific details.
“A spider is only a monster to a fly.” – pg 30
“Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.” – pg 134