Title: A Dragon’s Rebirth
Author: Caitlynn Barr
Rating: Four stars
“The Withering Realms is a world in turmoil. While the mage and human factions vie for the upper hand over one another in a generations long conflict, the Draconian, a species of dragon shifters, fight to balance the world.
Kio Rongaven is one such Draconian. He’s spent years working as a liaison for the humans, hoping to quell the mage’s rise in power that’s led his people into hiding. He thought he was ready for anything, but a feisty princess with too many questions is not something he prepared for.
Princess Liara Mondiere has spent her entire life learning how to be the face of her royal family. When she’s forced into a world of magic and danger hiding right under her nose, is she prepared to do what it takes to stay alive? The mages are coming. Can she help stop them?”
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My Review – **spoilers**
It’s been a while since I read a full-on fantasy, and if you’ve been around this blog long enough, you’ll know my taste for it comes and goes. Although lately, I’ve even begun to consider writing a fantasy novel in the distant future.
So, I welcomed the opportunity to read A Dragon’s Rebirth by Caitlynn Barr. With a cover this gorgeous, it’s hard to say no!
A Dragon’s Rebirth follows two characters, Kio Rongaven and Princess Liara Mondiere, who both live in the Withering Realms. This fantasy world is home to a great deal of magic and people who have the power to wield it. Including mages, and a shifting species called the Draconians, long thought extinct.
Kio is on the trail of several mages who are traversing the country in search of human sacrifices, who are usually young women. Working with the King, and Liara’s father, to stop these mages, Kio must also fight the urges of his draco; the spirit of the dragon who lives within him.
Liara lives a charmed but uneventful life, and she finds herself wanting more adventure. However, when is kidnapped by mages, it is up to Kio to rescue her and find out what they want with her. With the death of a trusted mage in the palace, Liara’s own magical potential finally emerges, and Kio is forced to help her adapt before her new power overwhelms her.
I really enjoyed this book. There’s lots of mystery and magic at play, not to mention Liara’s complicated relationship with her parents, and a lot of questions surrounding who she is. The language and style of the author is super artistic and really plunges you into the minds of the characters.
The idea of the Draconians was one of my favourite parts of this book: dragon shifters with a long history in this world but on the decline. They play host to a lot of drama, thanks to both human and dragon souls trying to fight for poll position in the same body. I’d love to know if they have a wider culture and history, and with mention of a Draconian hub city out in the Withering Realms somewhere, this might be the case.
My two primary gripes with this book was that for a fantasy world, there wasn’t enough imagery to create a fantastical picture. I’m a big stickler for imagery, and if there’s not enough of it, it’s hard to really immerse myself in the story.
Secondly, some of the major events in the book cancelled each other out. When Liara was kidnapped by Marlow, a mage who worked at the place, she was rescued and brought back to the palace only to find that the King knew all along and has allowed the mages to infiltrate the monarchy. While it built the relationship between Liara and Kio a bit more, the point of her kidnap was lost in the events soon thereafter.
All in all, this was a solid read! If you’d like to check out A Dragon’s Rebirth for yourself, here’s the link.
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