Tonight, I’m starting Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs, so that will be my next review.
Tonight. Ha. Week and a half later, I started and finished. Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs is sequel to Dragon Bones. In the first one, Ward of Hurog’s father dies, leaving him heir. But he’s been acting stupid for the last 8(?) years so that his father wouldn’t kill him. So, now he has to go prove himself. Eventually, he aids the southern province against invaders, because High King Jakoven won’t do anything. Then he goes home. And so ends Dragon Bones.
Begin Dragon Blood. In the beginning, Ward is in Hurog, rebuilding the keep that fell down at the end of the last book. A love interest arrives, which is interesting because there wasn’t any love interest type stuff in the first one. But, the love interest arrives and spurns Ward’s advances. Not because she doesn’t love him, but because she thinks she’s too tall and unattractive. Personally, I think she’s being a bit dense because he’s several inches taller than her and has already declared his love. Anyway, the girl is on the run from the king, Jakoven, because she knows a lot about the rebellion that’s attempting to happen. I say attempting, because it’s not official yet. Everyone knows, but nothing’s been declared. This is because if Alizon (the king’s uncle) declares war, he and his supporters will be immediatly crushed. If they can persuade Ward, and through him, Hurog, to help, the whole northern province will also fight-but only because of support of Ward. The secret is, however, that Alizon isn’t the one they plan on making king. It’s actually Kellen, the king’s younger brother who has been in an insane asylum for the past 11 years.
Well, the king decides Ward is also insane-because he acted that way for so long and sends him to the Asylum also. And there really begins the book. There are some really expected things, like the outcome of the final battle and the attitude of everyone towards Kellen, but also some really unexpected things. At one point, a small detail plays a huge role. I noticed the detail, but unlike normal, I didn’t think about how it could be important-that’s how small of a detail it is. I would call it a Chekov’s Gun, but it’s not a gun, and it’s not there from the beginning. So, of course, there’s a long lost magical weapon that has suddenly been found, by the evil guy, of course, and only the hero can activate it. In that sense, the book is like every other fantasy novel ever. The characters are believable, but very…put into roles. No truly unexpected decisions, that I can remember, forced me to rethink my image of a character. My favorite character is definitely Garranon. I just really like him, despite his role at the beginning. He’s the most tortured character, because of Jakoven, and also the one with the most reason to hate him, except maybe Kellen. I also really liked Tosten. I might have that spelled wrong. Ward’s brother, the bard. He’s funny and laid back, but can still motivate Ward enough to keep him on track. Jade Eyes is my least favorite character. Not only because he’s evil, but because he’s so one sided. He torments Ward. End of personality. Even at the end, he continues as simple villain, but his motivation and back story is never really explained. I guess he’s trying to replace Garranon in Jakoven’s eyes, and the name is purposefully mysterious, but he’s TOO mysterious, in a bad way.
Over all, very excellent book. You definitely need to read the first one first though, simple for place name familiarity if nothing else. Enjoy.
Next, if I pass my math test tomorrow, is River Marked, also by Patricia Briggs. It came out today, and my friend Savannah wants to borrow it. Let’s see if I can get it to her by tomorrow.