[Review] Embracing the Dragon

Monday, August 20, 2018

Title: Embracing the Dragon
Series: The Flames of Kalleen #1
Author: K.L. Bone
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Published: July 28, 2018
Source: Rockstar Book Tours

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads


Can a human heart withstand the flames of a dragon’s soul?

For centuries, the dragons of Kalleen have ruled the skies. Blessed by the goddess of fire, those born of her power are destined to exist within two worlds, while fully belonging to neither.

As the youngest daughter of the dragon queen, Amelia has always been torn between her humanity and winged form. In meeting Stephen, she found a blossoming love that gave her hope of finding balance.

A dream destroyed when her sister, and future queen, sets her sights upon the same man.

Forced from her lover’s side, Amelia embraces a self-imposed exile, taking refuge in the northern mountains. In this new life of solitude, she banishes painful memories by retreating to her dragon form, sheltering the wounded girl within.

Yet it is an isolation that cannot last, as the new dragon queen’s cruelty bears down upon the kingdom, allowing an ancient enemy to rise. Drawn from her banishment by the pleas of friends, Amelia must choose. Will she embrace the destructive beast within? Or draw upon the frail humanity that lingers dimly in her soul, in a desperate attempt to help her people, and mend a broken heart?
Coming across Embracing the Dragon, I was intrigued enough to step outside my comfort zone of the Young Adult genre and read a Fantasy Romance story that is obviously about dragons. Much like I said before, I love stories with dragons and even though I was a bit nervous to read something in the adult Romance section, I dove face first into the pages.

Amelia is a headstrong character. She knows what she wants and breaks through obstacles despite how hopeless things seem. I admire her loyalty to her family and to her people despite not wanting the throne. Not only is she a strong-willed character, she is also compassionate and a bit emotional, something that is quite refreshing and easily believable. Not everyone is strong in every sense. Because of these qualities, Amelia became one of my most favored characters.

The story was well written and easy to get lost in. Had I the time to, I would have swallowed the book whole in a single day, but alas, I am a working woman. The plot was thick and the world was interesting, though at times, I feel like it would have been nice to see Amelia live out her exile as a dragon more. After all, who wouldn't want to live as a dragon??

Overall, I could have done without the weird story-telling part, but there was a certain charm to the way it was written. It was thought out and done like you would watch a movie with a scene where a character tells their story and the scene transitions out to play out the story (do you understand? I can't explain it any better). Despite that, however, I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's been quite some time since I had a book completely enthrall me. I was so into the story that I almost missed my stop while on the bus! I absolutely cannot wait for the next book. Needless to say, I'm giving it the rating it deserves.

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