Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.
Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.
In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.
Hello beautiful stand-alone fantasy novel. Are you as sick of trilogies as I am? It was so nice for a change to read a book and have that be the whole story, knowing that I won't be waiting years for closure. What a fascinating concept! There are witch-hunting elements, medieval England elements, and lots of great fantasy elements: dragons, fairies, and magic. And none of these are done in a tired-out, we've-heard-it-all-before way.
Granted, there are a couple things that were a little too predictable, but overall, this felt refreshing. And engrossing. I loved Tess. YA lit these days is highly populated with strong female characters, ones who stand up and fight back when the world is crushing them down. I wish some of these books had been out when I was in high school. I think this novel is great and when I finished reading it felt ready to take on the world. Beautiful setting, fantastic characters, overall a sure winner. And the cover is eye-catching, no?