Title: The Dragon’s Price
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Date of Publication: February 21st, 2017
When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon.
Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying.
As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . .
If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding?
There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom.
Sorrowlynn has a prophesy that she will one day die by her own hand. It has kept her parents at a distance, and she has a choice to make when another kingdom comes. If the heir chooses to marry her, she can either choose to marry or be lowered to be eaten by a dragon. Her choice is to be eaten by the dragon. One of the King’s sons follows her in the dragon’s layer to help her defeat the dragon.
My first thoughts when I saw the cover to the book was that it looked like it was from another decade, so I chose to avoid the cover and still read the description. The description sounded awesome, and the other early reviews I read seemed to like it, so when I got an ARC I was so excited to start reading it.
I did like the characters for the most part, but my biggest issue with this book was the dialogue. The dialogue and book itself really felt more like middle grade than YA. The romance, which I usually love, was just too insta-love. Sorrow goes to be eaten by this dragon, and Golmarr just flies down to rescue her and he barely knows her? I get it maybe he just wants to rescue her, but then acting like they are best friends right away without getting to know each other? Come on now!
There were a lot of parts that seemed to drag, but for those that like action there was a lot of action too which I did enjoy those parts. The ending was predictable, but if you are on the younger side or haven’t read a lot of YA fantasy you may enjoy this book more than I did.
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