Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Dragon's Price by Bethany Wiggins

Title:  The Dragon's Price
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Series: Transference #1
Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 21, 2017

Fans of Julie Kagawa’s Talon and Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn will devour this action-packed fantasy adventure about a girl who chooses to surrender herself to a deadly dragon rather than marry an enemy prince.

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.

I'm always on the lookout for a good fantasy and dragons are always interesting to me. 

In The Dragon's Price, Princess Sorrowlyn of Faodara has to make a choice now that she is of age. The peace between her reign and Antharian's kingdom is at stake. Years ago, the two kingdoms were at war and one of them used a dragon as a weapon. When the dragon got out of control and before he could destroy both kingdoms, it was captured and secured in a cave. A spell keeps the dragon in the cave. It's also responsible for the Faodora kingdom to only have daughters while the Antharians heirs would all be males. When of age, the Faodora regents will offer their daughter to the Antharian heir. For the most part, the Antharian have refused the Faodora women during the ceremony. 

Sorrowlyn doesn't want to marry an Antharian barbarian. She also doesn't want to stay in her kingdom. Her father hates her and he's happy to punish her when he believes she has done something he doesn't approve of. When Sorrowlyn was born a prophecy said that she would die by her own hand. Most of her life she has been nothing more than a prisoner in her own room when all she wants is her freedom. 

When Sorrowlyn decides she rather give herself to the dragon than marry a barbarian, she seals her fate but not before Golmarr, Prince of Antharian, joins her in the cave. 

I enjoyed The Dragon's Price. I thought it was interesting to find out what the real treasure the dragons possessed was. 

The two main characters were likable. Sorrow had to leave her home for her character to develop. She had to learn how to fight and survive on her own. She also had to learn that not because Golmarr came from a different kingdom with different customs, he was truly a barbarian.

"I will follow you to the end of the world"

Golmarr was easy to adore. Once he decided to join Sorrow in the cave and he was willing to fight the dragon, he became a true hero. He was born to protect and defend yet, he treated Sorrow as his equal. He listened to her and respect her decisions.

"You make me feel things I've never felt before, and you make want things I never thought I would want."

I'm hoping we don't have to wait too long for the next book.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Dragon's Price was a fast paced, addictive, romantic, and exciting book. I thought this was a very promising start to a new YA fantasy series!

The main character, Sorrow, was a likable main character. I thought she was brave, determined, and loyal. She also had flaws, which made it easy for me to relate to her. I liked how easy it was for me to grow attached to her throughout the book. My only issue was with Sorrow's character was that she conveniently had things happen to her that really benefitted her, which seemed a little too easy. However, I am excited to learn more about her and she her grow even more as the series goes on!

Golmarr was another major character, and I adored him. Golmarr was fierce, sexy, brave, charming, kind, and so much more. I liked his character as soon as he was introduced! I quickly fell in love with him and I was wishing I could marry him! He made me swoon so many times during the book. He reminded me of a younger and less intense version of Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones and I LOVED IT.

The romance between Golmarr and Sorrow was adorable. I thought their romantic moments were extremely swoon-worthy. It was easy to see how much they cared for each other and respected each other. My only issue with their romance was that I couldn't believe how quickly they connected at the very beginning of the book. It seemed liked they were willing to do A LOT for each other, even though they had just met. That made their romance feel a bit fast paced and sort of like insta-love, even though they clarified they were just friends at first. 

I really enjoyed the fantasy elements of this book, especially the dragons. The dragons added a really exciting and fascinating aspect to this book. I thought the overall plot of this book was interesting as well, and I never felt like there were boring chapters. This book kept me captivated the entire time. I was able to predict the ending of this book, but it still left me extremely excited to read the next book! This book was a promising start to what I hope will be an awesome YA fantasy series. 

3.5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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