I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
My rating is 2.5.
I had problems with this book mainly because it was difficult to take seriously. It had a really interesting plot and real promise, but ultimately I just wasn’t convinced that anything important was really going on.
First, the story. As I said, interesting. I felt that the idea of dragons ans peophecies and this crazy wild girl who was made to live as a boy… all of it was very interesting. But it fell flat. The prophecy was worded so strangely that even when they explained it it didn’t sound right. And it’s meaning… well, I didn’t really like how it all ended up fine and dandy and no conflict whatsoever even though they messed it all up. It had promise, but poor execution that was a result of average writing, too much ill placed humor, and underdeveloped characters.
Which brings me to the characters. Vilda was so close to being super interesting! A girl made to dress and live as a boy who doesn’t look like anyone else? Yep, so much promise. But she was too busy being Miss Hurt Feelers to really be interesting. She had to be friends with everyone and honestly seemed kind of needy. Troy was just there for comic relief – which this story already had way too much of. Susannah was better when she was being the snooty leader’s daughter. Drake was interesting – until he fell in love and became all “babe” and “sweetie”. And the rest were so busy being enamored with Vilda and apologizing for their mistakes that I really just didn’t care. I needed someone to be the bad guy, but even the people they were at war with weren’t really bad guys in the end!
Finally, writing. It wasn’t bad, but it needs some improvement. A little repetitive and there were some noticeable mistakes. Nothing an editing readthrough wouldn’t fix. I wish the author had a better concept of conflict, slow burn, and utilizing unlikable characters, but the actual writing has potential and is the main reason this rating is as high as it is.
Overall, I thought this was an interesting fantasy concept with a lot of potential. But I wouldn’t recommend it without a rewrite. This feels like a first draft. Lots of potential, but in need of some fine tuning.
Title: Courage (The Dreughan #1)
Author: Lena North
Approximate Length: 211 pages
I received a free ebook version in exchange for an honest review.