Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I like it! It’s so perfect for this book, I LOVE the Dragon’s eye and the sword which all play a part in the story the pretty girl, the colors the font, I just love it. This is an eye catcher for me!
Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.
Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.
As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .
If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?
There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.
I was SO pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I got more than I expected plus there were many things that were just unexpected! This is the first book I’ve read by this author and by the time I was done with the book I was dying for book two. Which is so important, don’t you think?
So this story is about a pretty pampered Princess who never really ever…. like ever, was allowed to leave her room, Sorrowlynn (I actually love the name). So when she has reached the age for the binding she is let out so she can meet the side and person she is to be wedded to. However when she is supposed to offer her hand in marriage to the prince of the neighboring kingdom, she chooses to offer herself as a sacrifice to the dragon that has been a prisoner for centuries instead of giving herself to marriage to this kingdom where she has heard nothing but horrible stories about. I really like her she is beyond sheltered and yet not stupid. Ignorant and naive-yes but very likable. She has a backbone which I LOVE in my female characters yet she isn’t mean or horrid, she is defiant and strong. But, I also appreciated her flaws of small mindedness (which wasn’t exactly her fault) and other flaws. I liked her from the start. So when she decides to be fed to the dragon in hopes of being able to slay the dragon and hopefully gain its treasure, I was skeptic of how this girl as going to possibly achieve this but then again where would the story be!
Then comes Golmarr, who decides to join Sorrowlynn down in the dragon’s cave. Things progress quickly and this adventure wouldn’t be as awesome without him. I LOOOOOVED Golmarr he is everything I love in my male characters, kind, smart, perceptive, strong, brave etc. a perfect male character. I so appreciated how the author wrote such a good guy and yet didn’t take away from his manliness, you know? I loved how their friendship progressed and what he eventually came to be in the overall scheme of things in the story.
The idea of this story was fantastic and new concepts were brought to me which I greatly love and appreciate, there were new things that I thought were brilliant! The twists and turns and story building were great and it made me immediately want to reach for book two when I was done.
The romance was a little quicker than I prefer it but at the same time I understand why and it wasn’t horribly back that it was a turn off, so over all in that department it was good.
Overall the world building was fantastic, the idea and storyline was brilliant and I loved this book, to me this is a must own! I can’t wait to read book two and see what more this author has up her sleeve!
Sexual Content: mild
*A HUGE thank you to Netgalley and Crown Books for this ARC which I got in exchange for an honest review*