Reviewed by Sarina
SERIES: Reawakening #3
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.
With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.
*squeals* Oh my god, I can’t even begin to properly articulate the love I have for this series; every time a new book is released I’m further impressed by the author and the world she’s created. This latest book features Raif, a character from the second novel that I’d come to enjoy quite a bit and that I’ve found myself absolutely loving in this one. When he’s given the mission to locate and awaken Arden, I was already envisioning what the new dragon would be like and looking forward to their working together. Arden, however, was nothing like what I was expecting.
Much more willing to indulge himself and the things that make life worth living, Arden was certainly not what either Raif or myself had been expecting in terms of the dragon king’s battlemaster. I loved seeing him completely confound Raif and how, as they spent more time together, he began rubbing off on Raif in a multitude of different ways. Snarky Raif is officially my favorite Raif. Just saying. 😀 This was also the most ‘political’ book of the series so far as the fight with the shadow was done around the city council and amongst the election for a new leader. I may not care for politics in general but this was just so well done that I found the entire thing entertaining though someone who hates any kind of political situation will probably feel differently.
This was…just SO DAMN GOOD! 85% of the way in I honest to god squealed in excitement and then had to deal with the resulting looks of ‘wtf, you’re nuts’ that came of it. I absolutely have to go back and read the first two books in the series now because there’s no way I can’t go back over them back to back to back. I will regret nothing. I am also super excited and looking forward to the next book coming out; that one will feature Markell and Kas and that’s a pairing that’s pretty much guaranteed to be entertaining and explosive by turns. Anyone that loves a good fantasy story or anything with dragons in it absolutely has to read this series; you’re totally missing out if you don’t!