by L. R. Lam
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Pub Date 02 May 2023 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2023
"An intriguing world, forbidden romance, unique magic, and of course, as many dragons as your heart could possibly desire.” —Tara Sim, author of The City of Dusk
“Tight, tense, smoldering, and wonderfully queer." —Mike Brooks, author of The God-King Chronicles
“Dragons have never been so sexy.” —Kate Dylan, author of Mindwalker
Long ago, humans betrayed dragons, stealing their magic and banishing them to a dying world. Centuries later, their descendants worship dragons as gods. But the "gods" remember, and they do not forgive.
Thief Arcady scrapes a living on the streets of Vatra. Desperate, Arcady steals a powerful artifact from the bones of the Plaguebringer, the most hated person in Lumet history. Only Arcady knows the artifact's magic holds the key to a new life among the nobles at court and a chance for revenge.
The spell connects to Everen, the last male dragon foretold to save his kind, dragging him through the Veil. Disguised as a human, Everen soon learns that to regain his true power and form and fulfil his destiny, he only needs to convince one little thief to trust him enough to bond completely--body, mind, and soul—and then kill them.
Yet the closer the two become, the greater the risk both their worlds will shatter.
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This was a great start to this dragon epic fantasy trilogy, it had a great concept and does what I was hoping for. I was invested in what was going on and loved the idea of dragons returning. It was so well written and did a great job in telling the story. I can't wait to read more in this trilogy and from the author. L. R. Lam wrote this so well and did a great job in creating a unique world.
"Hm? Oh, probably. But when you grow up with it, you don’t tend to notice. It’s just the story you’ve always been told.” You considered. “It’s not all that different, is it? Except the first Monarch was chosen by benevolent dragon gods rather than demons from some dark realm. Opposite sides of a similar coin. A lot of superstitions and myths tend to have a little speck of truth.”
What a journey 😮💨 Incredible world building and a story that you sink your teeth into. In a world where a lot of fantasy books are seeming to blend together, this one stands out.
The characters were written with care and had great development. The ending was a twist I did not see coming and it had me wishing for the second book immediately. I feel happy. I feel sad. I feel like it shouldn’t be over.
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"epic trilogy fantasy" Three words that make me jump right into a book. I've been looking for my next fantasy trilogy fix since finishing "War of Lost Hearts." I am now currently heartbroken that the rest of the trilogy hasn't yet been released. This book was phenomenal. There are few to no forced gender constructs in this story and it's a breath of fresh air. The dragon's morals and aspirations left me shaking and the bond between Everen and Arcady was phenomenal. I want to dive deeper into this world and not surface for air. Can't wait until book 2 comes out.
I received an advance review copy for free through NetGalley, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read one of my most anticipated reads of the year!
This is an incredibly queer fantasy unlike anything I have read before. The plot moves at breakneck pace but it was the characters that kept me hooked. Arcady is everything I love in a protagonist—witty, wonderfully chaotic, and a true survivor. But I loved all the side characters that drove the story home as well. Their development, which allows them to grow into full-realized, complex characters, perfectly aligns with the book’s plot and the conclusion already has me begging for the next installment.
For fans of the wonderful queerness and otherworldly dragons of the ‘A Chorus of Dragons’ series, Dragonfall is a book (and series) that you will not want to miss.