Katla, idiot of idiots, last warrior of Lundr, should know better than to release a dragon.
Sacrificing humans to keep the dragons away may be less bloody than war, but it’s repulsive and cowardly. Real warriors fight their enemies head on. And that’s exactly what Katla intends to do.
Her plans go south when, instead of preventing the sacrifice, she frees a sleeping dragon and is kidnapped to his frozen castle. Between his speed and bestial form, escape would be hard enough. But the dragon is compassionate, too—and nothing slays a lonely warrior faster than a kindhearted grouch.
Soon, Katla is trapped between raging factions of her own heart. Stopping the sacrifices will recommence an age-old war, one she and her peace-loving dragon would wage from opposing sides. Now that they have tamed each other, could they truly go back to being enemies?
This book was a bit silly but also had a lot of heart and was ultimately a fun read. I had a pretty good time with it.
Although this has a strong romantic element, it’s the fantasy elements that drive the plot forward. Magic and dragons yay! But the first thing I really want to talk about is the characters, because they’re always make or break for me. First we have Katla. She’s a HOOT. She’s a warrior and she has it out for dragons because in her village people are routinely sacrificed in order to keep the dragons from destroying them all. And although she is quite skilled at being a warrior she also is full of bravado and likes to bite off more than she can chew. When she finds herself kidnapped by a dragon she is something akin to a hissing cat. Up against a T-Rex. If the T-Rex were super gentle and lovely. But also realizes he’s a T-Rex and doesn’t want to hurt the cat. Because that’s kind of what Eivindr, the dragon, is like. He’s the opposite of how you’d think of a dragon. He doesn’t want to fight things, he is much more of a nurturer. He’s really lovely and kind. So of course this throws Katla for a loop. Every time she tries to fight him he declines. Instead he’s super nice to her. She doesn’t know what to think of this and remains suspicious. And so on. Honestly my favorite thing about the book was Eivindr. I can’t tell you how starved I am for romance heroes written more like he was. I’m so over alpha-holes.
One thing that I really loved about this book was the humor. Because of the personalities of the two main characters there’s naturally a lot of funny moments between them. But Katla on her own is pretty hilarious–I found her thoughts amusing many times while reading this. And the romance was good for the most part although I feel like it happened super fast. She wasn’t there that long before they started developing feelings for each other. I would have liked a little more time for the romance to work but the timeline was constrained by a plot point.
The plot itself was good, even if I’ve seen it before. There’s the war between the dragons and the humans but also there’s some fighting between the dragons. Really it’s all about why are the dragons and humans even fighting and can’t they just learn to coexist. I loved the message and themes but I also felt like it was a bit awkwardly delivered at times. I can’t pinpoint where it felt awkward but just parts of the writing felt a bit clunky.
Overall, I had fun with this book and I’ll probably read more from the author. If you’re looking for stories where kindness counts for something, this would be a great one to check out. 3/5 stars.