Published: May 19th, 2015
Synopsis: After being chosen by The Dragon live with him in his tower for ten years, Agnieszka discovers that she has magic. Together with the Dragon, they must face the growing evil in their valley.
This book was on my to be read list for such a long time! I wanted the hardcover edition so that it could match Spinning Silver when (if?) I get it because I’m that particular about books matching, but I could never find it in stores, so I ordered it used online instead.
This book was much more whimsical and magical than I thought it would be. It is a classic case of being mislead by the blurb. The dust jacket and Goodreads description led me to think it would be about Agnieszka living with the Dragon in his tower, and it is initially, but the main plot of the story is overcoming the evil in their world. Because of that, I definitely thought this would have more romance than it did. All around, I just thought it would be different.
My favorite aspect of this book was the magic. It was so interesting to see how different people could control magic differently and how they could combine their different styles to create even more powerful magic. I thought the combining of magic was so intimate and I really enjoyed those scenes. I also really liked all of the tree and woods imagery. I thought it was actually pretty creepy!
I had two big issues that kept me from giving this book five stars:
Issue #1: Lack of Dialogue
This book felt so heavy on the descriptions. At first, I was okay with it because it really felt like a fairy tale, not just a novel. After about 50 pages though, I just wanted some dialogue. My favorite part of most books is character interaction, but it really felt like we got very little of that in this book. Especially towards the end, I was skimming a lot of the big paragraphs because there was just so much description.
Issue #2: The Dragon
I was overwhelmed by how rude and insulting the Dragon was. It would be so sudden and unprompted. He would call Agnieszka all sorts of different words for stupid, even when he was trying to be nice to her. It was just so over the top, unnecessary, and completely uncalled for. If had happened two or three times, I could have overlooked it, but he did it so often.
A smaller, more personal issue I had with the book was the amount of times “somehow” was used instead of actually explaining a plot point.
I did really like the book overall though. The whimsical magic was definitely one of the things that kept me reading.