Review: Half-Blood Dragon (Dragon Born Saga #1) by K.N. Lee
New York Times bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents Half-Blood Dragon, the first epic fantasy adventure in the Dragon Born Trilogy.
*Revised & lengthened with a bonus chapter!*
Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of age journey that will leave you breathless.
A lady-in-waiting's job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather's plan to elevate the family's station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince. Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen's days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits.
The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince's murder.
For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters.
It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire.
Change is coming. So is a new prophecy that threatens the fate of the entire world.
Genre: Another-World, Historical, Mystery, Royal-Court, Supernatural--
In a world where being a full blooded Dragon gives you status, Rowen will never really fit in due to the fact she is a half breed. Now that she is in the court as a ladies maid, the first half breed to be so, she feels even more pressure now. But Rowen has a secret, not just why she is really in the palace but what she is capable of of. When at court, it all depends on how well you can lie.
I have been wanting to read pretty much ANYTHING by K.N for the last year, I just never got around to it, but she has so many great titles out and the covers are all so gorgeous. When I had the opportunity to read Half-Blood Dragon I was very excited to jump in. It doesn't hurt that the cover is so pretty and has a real mother of dragon's feel to it that I can't resist- and dragons are cool.
I had a hard time getting into this book and I was a little surprised that the synopsis given for the book is pretty much a majority of the plot for this book. I assumed it would be just a hint as to what happens, but nope, it was almost the entire story. The story was basically Rowen trying to seduce the prince while holding on to her virtue, battling magic and disdain for what she was. I did really love the court intrigue though, where everyone had an unknown motivation and nobody could be trusted. The side characters were interesting (go Gavin!) and I loved to see how everyone came together in some way or another, but I will be honest that I was not a fan of Rowen. She was just kind of boring and blah, not as well developed or as clear a character as I would have preferred. I really did not care what would happen to her but I loved see what happened to the pirates (yay, go pirates!).
The ending was fantastic and enough to make me really want to read the next book in the series. The last chapter or so was full of surprises and twists that I never saw coming and ending with more secrets that I have not been able to get the book out of my head. That being said, I will pick up the next book in the series because the world building is so fantastic and hopefully Rowen will grow and develop more as a character (or at least become more likable).