Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dragon Riders of Elantia series...


This post is about all the books available in the Dragon Riders of Elantia series by Jessica Drake. Her newest book, the fourth in the series, was released today. It's called War of the Dragon.
I recommend this series if you are a fan of dragons or fantasy books with magic. This is a series for adults due to language and adult situations. Not recommended for kids.
My reviews of the series, starting with book one, are below.

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Call of the Dragon: a Dragon Fantasy Adventure (Dragon Riders of Elantia Book 1) by Jessica Drake is a book for dragon lovers and good luck putting it down- I read it straight through. This is a series where it’s going to be difficult waiting for the next book because you want to read it now. I don’t think you will be disappointed with this book at all.

Brief summary/minimal spoilers below…..
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Zara Kenrook is a treasure hunter who co-owns an antique shop on the ground. Her lineage is unknown as she was raised in an orphanage. Events occur that result in her becoming bonded with a dragonling, Lessie. This catapults her into an unknown way of living and new adventures in the cities in the sky/dragon academy. Other things you can expect:

Dragon wars/history, magic, dragon god, bad guys, floating islands that people live on, the dragon academy (some snotty people/some nice, classes, dragon riding, etc.), upper class vs. lower class (upper city vs. ground-dwellers), gangs who run the street/crime on the ground, romance, friendships (old and new), twists and turn that you may or may not see coming, and more!
I would highly recommend this book if you are into dragons, fantasy, magic, or fast-paced books.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: some swearing, stealing, war talk, talk of mating between dragons, mention of casual sex (once) and more adult relationship themes although minimal (kissing, mention of breasts once), flirting, killing, weapons.

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Flight of the Dragon (Dragon Riders of Elantia, Book 2) by Jessica Drake is an excellent second book to the series! I read it in less than two days- it was a quick and easy read...4 1/2 stars. Would recommend for those who are looking for a dragon fantasy, new fantasy series, love magic/adventure, or like a strong female lead. There are many adventures in this book- pretty much a constant stream, which makes it difficult to put the book down.

Minimal spoilers below…
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Zara is continuing her training with Lessie, her dragon, at Tavarian’s secret estate. War is on the brink and begins as the book progresses. Forced to begin active duty in Elantia’s military, Zara struggles on many levels. Salcombe is up to his nefarious ways throughout the book. Other things to expect: magic, airships, relationships gains and strains, dragon riding, humans bonding with their dragons, use of Zara’s ability, letter writing (technology isn’t like it is today), weapons, dragon god occultists, and surprises regarding Tavarian.

You could probably read this book without reading the first, but I wouldn’t recommend it as you will miss some key details about how things came to be. This book’s ending is meant to continue into the third book so if you are not a fan of waiting for a series/expecting closure, this isn’t for you.

The only thing I didn’t care for is Jallis and Zara’s romantic relationship. I might be in the minority on this, but it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t ruin the book by any means (romantic scenes are minimal). I was hoping as the series continued the awkwardness would go, but it didn’t.

Overall, I recommend this series, especially if you enjoy fantasy books with dragons.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: Some swearing (S-word a couple of times), stealing, death, war talk and actions, cannons (that injure dragons), kidnapping, drugs that are used to drug other people, brief talk of semi-nude male body and sleeping with guys (one sentence).

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Might of the Dragon (Dragon Riders of Elantia, Book 3) was a quick, easy read...recommend for dragon fantasy lovers. The only problem with this book series is I need more! Might of the Dragon (Dragon Riders of Elantia Book #3) is the best in the series so far. I read it in under 24 hours.

I would recommend this series if you are looking for a new fantasy or dragon series.

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Zara and Lessie are back and trying to evade the bad people that are coming at them from all angles. This book is fast-paced and has a lot of action.

Some things to expect: dragons, new love interest, war with bordering lands, noble court events, ongoing nefarious plans, and more.

This book is part of an ongoing series. If you are looking for closure at the end, you will not get it yet. I wouldn’t recommend starting with this book as you will miss key information from the previous books.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: a couple swear words, drugs that are used to drug other people, death, war, stealing, and a kiss.

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Overall, War of the Dragon (Dragon Riders of Elantia, Book 4) by Jessica Drake was a good addition to the series. I had a hard time getting into this book- it wasn’t until around 12% that it picked up enough for me to want to keep reading (which has not been normal for this series- I’ve not wanted to put the previous books down). This book waxed and waned with adventures- it was either fast-paced action or lots of talk about war & strategies, etc./thoughts about Tavarian. The ending and a specific new character were great- these help to redeem any part I felt was too slow. I did enjoy the adventures and Lessie’s snark. I would recommend reading this series- from the beginning.

For those who need a little more info, minimal spoilers below…
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This book is more so about the adventures of Zara, Lessie, and Tavarian. They are trying to find the missing dragons and riders, who have been taken by the Zallabarians. A God enters the story and hangs around- I won’t say anymore than it makes the book entertaining. New and old characters make appearances/problems. As stated above, lots of war talk/strategies/etc. Also a good amount of romance/feelings on Tavarian.

Parental warning/Trigger warnings: a swear word or words such as “dragon’s balls”, severed heads, fawning over a guy (quite a few times), drinking in a bar, killing of animals for purpose of feeding dragon, sex- not detailed “made love” “pushed each other toward an endless wave of bliss”, war (talk, dead humans and dragons, strategies, rape of a woman- not detailed, a mention of it to Zara).


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Where to purchase:
Amazon

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*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest reviews of this series*

Where to find Jessica:
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