This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Kyra Jacobs. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Dragons Against Them by Kyra Jacobs
Series: Kingdoms of Fire and Ice #2
Also in this series:Dragons Among Them
Also by this author: Dragons Among Them
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Kyra Jacobs
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Kyra Jacobs
Purchase at: Amazon
Blood is thicker than water…but can it melt a heart of ice?
Adelaide Miller gave up everything she knows to remain in Prince Zayne Godfrey’s alternate reality and assume her rightful place as eldest princess in the rival kingdom of Forath.
For an independent, free-spirited woman, however, royal life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it’s downright smothering. Especially since the vengeful Rosalind has gone AWOL.
Zayne is eager to wed Princess Addie—but their fathers seem more intent on keeping them apart. The longer Rosalind goes missing, the more suspicious each monarch becomes that the other is guilty of foul play.
But both kingdoms may soon face a strong, new rival intent on gaining power foretold by an ancient prophecy. To protect their chance at happily ever after, Zayne and Addie must partner with unlikely allies to save the one person intent on destroying them both.
But victory will not come without a price, and in the end, someone may have to pay—in blood.
After reading the first book in this series, Dragons Among Them, I was eager to get my hands on the next installment as soon as possible and I was not disappointed! This story is mostly focused on Princess Rosalind and her deepest desire for revenge. Now, I was not in love with Rosalind from the last book but while reading this story I felt myself thawing towards her and in the end wanting only rainbows and unicorns for her.
Back are Prince Zayne Godfrey and Adelaide Miller just weeks away from their wedding that will bridge the gap between their two kingdoms. Since the breaking of his betrothal with Princess Rosalind she has been missing in action. Suspicions and accusations between kingdoms are growing and Princess Addie is caught in this new world not knowing whom to trust and feeling suffocated by her new found family. Through it all Addie just wants to find her half-sister and bring an end to the division within her newly found family. While Rosalind is on a different journey, she must choose her path and find if she has the heart to forgive or the strength to kill.
What I really liked about this story is that the main protagonists from the first book were still a large part of the second story. Although being a large part, they are also blended well with the new part of this book about Princess Rosalind. I loved how I was taken on a journey through the lives of all the characters. I was able to get all sides of the stories, learn about the betrayals, see the dysfunction and hope that in the end the main players would choose the right path.
What I wish had been different was that I wanted to know more about Rosalind, dive in a bit deeper to her pain. Her anger had been discussed of course but I wish that there could have been more background to her hurts and betrayals. More about what led her from a child of innocence to one of depravity and ruthlessness. That background was there but not as in depth as I wish it would have been in order to develop the emotional connection with the character.
I enjoyed the ending and it is not a “they live happily ever” ending but it does bode well that all parties may be able to move forward together in strength for the challenges that are to come in the next installment. I am still really enjoying this series and I strongly suggest that anyone interested in love, romance, and dragons get their hands on a copy today!
*Thank you to Kyra Jacobs for this eARC of Dragons Against Them*