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Dragon Court (Dragon Highlands) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 19, 2017
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The romance between Xastrian and Velithor was what made the book. Their love for each other couldn’t be broken. Not by anyone or anything. I loved reading a book where such a love was put on display. Sure, the relationship was majorly tested, but they overcame it by talking about their issues (gasp). Amazing that fictional characters can do what real life people don’t do….talk about things.
I liked how Xastrian’s grandfather and father were portrayed in the book. I feel into Instalove with his grandfather, Va’asdrian. He was so accepting of Velithor and went out of his way to make sure that Velithor was comfortable. Now, Xastrian’s father, Mivikial, was a jerk when he first met Velithor and to be honest, I didn’t care for him. But the more he showed up in the story, the more he grew on me and I will say, that after a certain scene…..I loved him. If you want to know what that scene is, read the book.
The invasion storyline was very interesting because the invaders were coming through a rift caused by Xastri in the first book. I did wish that we were taken to that world by the author. That way I could have understood how they had magic nulling powers. Maybe another book because I find it is a race that I am fascinated with.
The Red Dragon storyline was very interesting. I say that because of what is revealed when Veli is taken there. I’m not going to go into it much because doing that will kinda ruin a part of the book. I will just leave it at this: Red Dragons are not what you think they are. Read the book to find out more about them.
Now, the assassin storyline. I will say that I did figure out part of it pretty early in the book. I figured it out right before Asseisal called for Xastri to be dethroned for his actions. I was a little shocked, though, at what happened afterward. Actually, a little shocked doesn’t cover what I felt. Again, something that I don’t want to show because it is a big part of the latter half of the book. You really need to read the book to find out what I am talking about.
I have to mention Velithor’s father. He was such an idiot (keeping that Amazon PC) and I was honestly surprised that Xastrian didn’t beat him down. But, when Velithor was stabbed, his father was there for him and took over his healing. It was during that healing that Velithor’s father reveals why he said was he said and expressed remorse for his past and present behavior. He also admitted a ton of guilt for the way Velithor was conceived and the miscarriages that followed his wife’s blood ritual. I was glad to see that Velithor and his father were working things out.
The sex scenes were hot. The last sex scene, though, speared my heart. Talk about an awesome way to heal and it made me love Veli and Xastri even more.
The end of the book had a twist in it that I didn’t see coming. Nothing was mentioned up until it was revealed and I was pretty shocked. But what also shocked me was what happened afterward. But, it was very fitting for all the mischief and mayhem that was caused in the book. There is a hint of an HEA in the book too….which makes me very happy.
The MC’s are Xastrian and Velithor and they are Soul bonded Ruling Elfs (done in book 1). And their bond and their love is very strong. Through their bond, they have telepathy and I like this aspect of their relationship because it allows them to be there for each other in ways or when they wouldn’t be able to. Which makes them stronger as a couple and as individuals. Here is part of a conversation between the two, “It feels good to be at least somewhat vertical again. Gods, that bed is comfortable, but after a while, it feels like sleeping on stone.” Xastrian grinned and leaned in to kiss his jaw. “Says the one who sleeps in the forest an in caves willingly for good chunks of your life.” Ducking his head, Velithor blushed. “Shush. Cave floors are supposed to feel like stone. Fluffy beds are not.” Of course there is more but you will need to read the book.
Other charachers are Xastrian’s grandfather Va’asdrian and father Mivikial. Va’asdrian was accepting of Velithor right away and welcomed him into the family. Mivikial was stiffer and harsher, even when he was teaching Velithor he tested him very cruelly. He did warm up though and become a person. Velithor’s father also had problems but those are different so as not to ruin the book I won’t go into those. There is Asseisal who is Xastrian’s ex fiancé and member of court and more. There are many friends-2 legged, 4 legged, winged, elf and more.
There is so much to this book there is a bonded love match, attempted dethroning, assassin, Red Dragons, battle, flying, torture, cuddles, pain, laughter, anger, death, revenge and so much more. I like how grown men have no problem sitting in their father’s laps. There is rape but it is not described in detail just that it happened. And the after support was strong. Otherwise the sex scene were hot and intimate and the last one healing. It was a beautiful story that my words can’t do justice. So just read the book yourself so that you can see. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.
We get to see Velithor out of his element in this one, as we saw Xastrian out of his element in the last book. Though it has been a matter of days in the first book, it felt like at least a month. They fell deeply in love and have a strong bond. There is a lot of struggles to overcome and she closed out the main plot that started in the first book. though both books ended on a great note, so I m hoping for maybe one more book in this series, but it doesn't need it and I wouldn't know what a third book would bring to the table.
Because I liked these two books I am thinking about going back and reading Amriss's other books to get backgorund on the cameos and see Velithor earlier in his life.
Favorite quote(Note, I don't always have a favorite quote in books)- "Life is the greatest joy... and what of your sorrow? ... It will turn into joy when he's well again. Sorrow is temporary if you let it be. It's a small stone in a meadow. You don't know where it is, but eventually, you'll trip over it."