The Prince’s Dragon | W.M. Fawkes, Sam Burns

The Prince’s Dragon (Fire and Valor #2) by W.M. Fawkes, Sam Burns published 16 Avril 2020

The last place Lord Tristram Radcliffe ever expected to find himself was right hand to the Llangardian throne. His parentage should have seen him banished, but he managed to keep his draconic secret. Now, King Reynold is dead. Long live King Roland.

The boy ascends to rule a kingdom in chaos, and Tristram must undo the damage of the last king’s reign to save his people from lean winter and wolves in the palace itself. Reynold’s former shadow, Bet Kyston, is determined to root out King Roland’s enemies, but his version of help may cause as much harm as good.

There remains a traitor near to the throne, and when the king falls mysteriously ill, Tristram’s strongest ally is forced to leave court. As his enemies move closer, the strength of Tristram’s regency is more precarious than ever. Abandoned and friendless, Tristram must sacrifice everything to protect his homeland or risk not only Roland’s life, but his own.

How was it?

The King’s Dragon snuck up on me when I read it. I wanted a quick read and didn’t expect to be so enthralled in the story as I was. Since this one is a continuation the feeling stayed. 

The multiple POVs remain both an asset and a source of frustration because however interesting each character turns out to be, once you’re with them, you kind of want to stay even if you’re dying to see how the others are fairing.

The relationships and history between the characters are comparable to the best dramas and soaps – it’s a compliment. Without being a cheesy angsty mess the authors continue to deliver a story with compelling characters that you want to root for. After being teased with it in Fire and Valor one we finally saw other relationships blossom with Sir Sidonie and Rhiannon, and two “enemies” – Maddox and Gillian – brought closer as the one we had, Tris and Bet, strengthened.

Similar to the growing number of POVs, the world-building is expanding, and we finally got to meet the Torndals and another clan. It made the geopolitical context of Llangard more tangible and entertaining. And with new characters, new bonds are formed, and old ones are rekindled, well on their way to being favorites of mine.

The Prince’s Dragon ends in more of a cliffhanger ending, which makes me want to jump to The Assassin’s Dragon right away. This sequel did not disappoint and is a continuation of The King’s Dragon.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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