Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Dragonswood

by Janet Lee Carey

Book Description:
Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens.

Tess, daughter of a blacksmith, has visions of the future, but she still doesn't expect to be accused of witchcraft, forced to flee with her two best friends, or offered shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman, a warden for Dragonswood. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise and Tess soon learns that her true father was fey, making them the center of an exciting, romantic adventure, and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between all three races - dragon, human, and fairy.

This book could be read alone, or as a follow up to Carey's Dragon's Keep.

It is a marvelous fantasy about a world where so much magic exists and the poor main character is abused and persecuted for even the thought of her practicing... Tess is a strong character that must go on the run. She finds out a lot about herself and her place in the world during her time in the Dragonswood.

This world contains both dragons and fairies...two of my favorite fantasy creatures!  The story is really well done and the creatures are cool and well integrated into the world. Love, adventure, heartbreak...the book encompasses it all. A new favorite fantasy!

*This was my selection for the March Meeting of our book club, Flippin' Pages. We did fantasy books this month! Next meeting is April 10th and we'll be talking about our favorite MYSTERY books.*

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