Son of Dragons by Andrea R. Cooper | Release Day Review

April 28, 2014 Reviews 6

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Son of Dragons by Andrea R. Cooper | Release Day ReviewSon of Dragons by Andrea R. Cooper
Series: Legends of Oblivion #2
Published by Crimson Romance on April 28, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 296
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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three-half-stars

In a time of false peace, the dead rise as soldiers for the Warloc's scheme. For thousands of years he has stood ready for the final battle. Though the witch and her cursed Elvin have destroyed his physical body, now with his protégé, he has honed a new way to wage war.

Shunned by her own people and weary-hearted from centuries of lost loves, Elvin warrior Mirhana scours the land to silence the undead. Her heart has turned as cold as the sword she wields, until a prince seeks her aid.

Never has Prince Landon met a woman like Mirhana. Both beautiful and deadly, she haunts his dreams. The battle at hand becomes more enchanting than fighting to remain true to his unseen betrothed.

When a traitor emerges, new alliances are tested and the only remaining hope is to follow the prophecy and find the . . . Son of Dragons.

My Initial Reaction…

After LOVING the novella, Cursed in Shadow, I was really excited to launch into Son of Dragons. But when I started Son of Dragons I found myself rereading the story of Cursed in Shadow with new details woven in. It made for a slow, frustrating start and, despite how great the novella was, I would recommend skipping it and getting straight into Son of Dragons. You’ll have a much better start than I did. And since the action doesn’t ever stop, you’ll be gripped to the very end.

NOTE: Book 1, The Garnet Dagger, is on sale for only $0.99 until May 3!

The Characters…

Besides the frustration of having the entire novella included in Son of Dragons, the characters were a bit of a disappointment for me. They were good characters, but I really wish we’d seen them fleshed out a lot more. Andrea introduced us to a LOT of new characters in Son of Dragons and, in my opinion, we could have stretched this book over two (or maybe let the first 100+ pages stand as the novella) so that we could REALLY get to know them. Despite wishing I knew them better, I did like the new additions to the story. I’ll mention just the ones that stood out to me most.

Mirhana, Brock’s sister, is introduced to us shortly after the section that retells the novella and I loved her instantly. She’s a mix of youth and aged wisdom that worked in a fun way. As an elf living among humans because of her human-like appearance, she’s outlived generations of humans and from that vantage point she has years of experience under her belt. And yet, she’s still young from an elvin perspective – and she makes young mistakes, like acting too hastily. I wish I’d gotten to know her much better.

We also met a young prince, Landon, who seems anxious to escape his life of privilege and act like a commoner. When we first get to know him, he’s asked one of his fighting men – Gillepsie, who we met in The Garnet Dagger, to come with him in search of the young woman who saved Gillepsie from undead attackers. It was good to see Gillepsie again and I enjoyed seeing the way Landon tried to get Gillepsie to treat him as a commoner. Landon is a bit naive, but he has a good heart and, again, I wished I gotten to know him better.

We still see a lot of Celeste and Brock, but they felt a bit stagnant to me in comparison to The Garnet Dagger. Celeste had been this strong, fierce woman to me in that book – and while she still holds that quality (indeed- one of the things I love most about this series is that woman are often as strong – if not stronger – than the men), it took a backseat to her role as the woman Brock loved and felt saved him. There’s something about Brock that I just don’t like – maybe I’m supposed to feel that way, since he is the Vaer (Bringer of Death) and, good intentions aside, he does suck the life out of all he touches. He has this menacing, haughty, weak-minded quality about him and while I’m not his biggest fan, it fits the story well.

The final member of the group, Jeslyn, we got to know the least and I felt that it was a real shortcoming of Son of Dragons because she had the makings of a really compelling, complicated character. She’s mysterious from the start, hailing from a land unknown to all the travelers, but clearly strong and capable. She’s beautiful and feminine, while also being as tough as the men (when we meet her, she’s helping save their collective asses). I think the story would have been much richer if we’d gotten to know her better.

The Story…

Like The Garnet Dagger, the story of Son of Dragons is that of a quest guided by prophecy. Here Andrea shines – the way she drags the characters across the countryside and leads them into one struggle after another is compelling. There are so many new magical characters in Son of Dragons (including Dragons, of course) and they add so much fantasy and excitement to this historic-like setting. I love this setting – with the traveling by foot and horseback, camping in the woods, etc.

The prophecy was much easier to follow and see work itself out than in The Garnet Dagger, but I still found the flow of the story a bit jolting. The story was great, but the transitions and descriptions didn’t flow, making it a little more difficult to really feel and get immersed into. Again, I feel this is a situation where the book could have been stretched across two books so that we slowed down and really experienced everything. I wanted to get a bit more immersed in the action and the characters and it just fell slightly short of that for me.

Concluding Sentiments…

I love the story that Andrea’s telling with the Legends of Oblivion. I just wish I could get the pace to slow down a bit, so that I could really savor the characters and the action, because then it would be truly great! Thoroughly looking forward to the next book!

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About Andrea R. Cooper

Andrea R. Cooper

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels.

What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl).

Once she heard about a writer who never let her characters deviate from the script. If they did, she just killed them. How sad, she thought. For her one of the best parts of being a writer is letting the characters have a mind of their own and seeing where the story takes them.

She loves this quote from Robert Frost, which sums up her opinion on allowing the characters their freedom: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost

Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba.

She is excited to work with Crimson Romance on her forthcoming debut paranormal romance, The Garnet Dagger. Everyone knows what happens when a vampire bites a human…but what if the victim is Elvin?

Viking Fire is a forthcoming historical romance set in Ireland during the Dark Ages. What if you were engaged to marry your enemy-a Viking?

She hopes you will enjoy the stories as much as she did writing them.

She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
Even if she has to fight for it

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6 Responses to “Son of Dragons by Andrea R. Cooper | Release Day Review”

    • Berls
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      Most the novellas I’ve encountered are more like what you described, though I’ve had this happen to me before. I feel like it’s such a waste of prime storytelling time! But the series really is good overall and I’m really looking forward to the next one. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to check it out someday 🙂
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