Kerrelyn Sparks returns with the third title in The Embraced series, as we work our way through the various kingdoms and struggles as each of the five finds their purpose and answers about their heritage. Please read on for my review of
Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
Gwennore is the sister, of all the five, with the most uncertain future: she is at least part elf as shown by her pointed ears, and is constantly subject to snide, sotto voice (or not) comments about her heritage. Elves are the least accepted people in the kingdom: warlike and secretive, with a coldness and single minded purpose that makes them fearsome in battle. While her sisters (and their children) all adore her, and her ability to both diagnose and heal illness are useful, she’s still more retiring and less willing to put herself into situations where her existence could or would cause trouble or discontent for those she loves.
Silas (General Dravenko) is captivated by Gwennie and her ability to communicate through telepathy with he and other members of the ‘Cursed Clans” of his lands. Never before have they met anyone with this ability, and Gwennie’s elfin appearance conflicts with their own need for secrecy. Their kingdom of Norveshka is in crisis: people are not having children, the Queen is the most recent in a long line of queens who have gone mad after their losses, and the war with the elves of Woodwyn have stretched resources thin. While Silas is desperately saddened by his brother’s (the king) struggles and worries for his wife, he’s also seeing that something is amiss – from a curse that all but him believe in to the kidnapping of children for the Queen to replace children she had lost, to an apparent infiltration of palace security placing everyone at risk, he’s got a ton of issues to sort. And, it’s not made easier by the secrets he feels he needs to keep.
Gwennie’s introduction to the Norveshkan people (or dragons) and the (for her) curious reactions she has to Silas and his ability to frustrate and anger her at every turn are amusing: she’s getting her feet underneath her and is actually pushing him (at times) because of this frustration – something completely foreign to her as aggressive demands are not in her nature. But, she’s also finding it difficult to not want to help the people and the queen. She agrees to spend a month helping Silas discover the real source of the problem: one she believes is two-fold: poison and plague, and discovering a way to heal the people – then she’ll return to her comfortable life with her sisters, helping with babies and avoiding marriage, shuns from eligible men and the risk of being hurt.
Sparks grabs interest from the very first page, and the action never ends. From Gwennie’s growth and discovering her own new skills, to her blossoming under the true admiration that Silas shows for her skills and patience, and the confusion with her own feelings for him and those for the dragon she named “Puff”. With some moments where her naïve and unworldly nature showed in her not putting pieces together that everyone else can see, to the desperation and despair of the King in his need to keep his wife, his love, alive and safe contrasted with the interference from an old enemy designed to cause chaos, the story moves quickly with plenty of moments to love. Visits with characters from earlier books, discovery of family, friends and enemies, and Brody neatly moving through the story with his unique blend of loyalty, shape-shifting and logic and the story is easy to follow. Sparks has explained the most basic of the Embraced legends, and the interconnections between the characters are easy to follow, increasing your interest in reading the earlier titles. Clever dialogue, easy to access emotions and a lovely set of surprises for Gwennie that help her to increase in confidence and discover her worth all make this a wonderful installment in the series.
Title: Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #3
Also in this series: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, So I Married a Sorcerer
Genre: Dragons, Fantasy Romance, Humor elements, Magic, Paranormal
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: 27 March, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 13 Hours: 45 minutes
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From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…
Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…
Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.