Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: October 29th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Legends, Myths, Fables, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan's reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom-where dragons are said to guard the castle walls-but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union.
When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying-or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king.
But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her?
HEART OF THE DRAGON’S REALM was a lot shorter than I was expecting. I’m so used to reading massive fantasy novels (well, at least novels that trap me in their pages that I barely notice time passing) that it felt weird to have finished this in a little over three hours total (according to my kindle anyway). It was nice to read something quick, but I feel that this may have meant some of the things I loved most about fantasy were missing because of it.
Character development and world building are two of the things I enjoy most about fantasy. It’s why I can read 600 page books many people consider too slow and love them. Getting lost in that fictional world and learning the ins and outs of characters as they grow is what keeps me sitting there for hours. Of course a few actions scenes and romance helps ;) Because it was so short, it feels as if I still don’t know much about the world of HEART OF THE DRAGON’S REALM. I would have loved to see more history, more mention of countries beyond the three central to the conflict, and more dragons.
Character wise the only one we truly get to know is the main character, Kimri. She’s passionate, strong willed, and the type of character I like to read about. However her impulsiveness and lack of thinking about consequences when overcome by emotions annoyed me a little. These actions were used to transition from the character and romantic development plot of the first half of the novel to the warring conflict in the second half.
Don’t go in expecting big actions scenes from HEART OF THE DRAGON’S REALM. There’s one duel which was pretty awesome at the end, but other than a few fights here and there’s not really any interesting action. There’s also weren’t any twists that left me staring at the page in shock.
Kimri does spend some time learning sword dancing. An ancient art, this duel fascinated me. And when you learn the origins… the thing only becomes more interesting. It’s another thing I would have loved to have read more about.
While not the best fantasy I’ve ever read, THE HEART OF THE DRAGON’S REALM was an enjoyable, quick read. Kimri is the type of main character I like and the romance was nice. I only wish the book was longer so more time could have been spent developing it and a number of other aspects.