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- Publisher: Aaron/Bach (July 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2017
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- Language: English
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I loved Julius’s PoV and meeting the Chinese Dragons. His mother Bethesda is still awful but at least he has a new ally in Fredrick. He needs another friend especially if he is being maneuvered by the ever seeing Bob. With friends like Bob who needs enemies.
*** He might run you over a few times to get there, but Bob’s endgame is always worth playing. Trust me, he’s a good kid.” ***
Finally we get a little more of Chelsea and the F-clutches backstory along with meeting the great Luck Dragon of China. Everything in this plot arc and PoV was extremely interesting to me.
I was still waiting for Julius and Marci to find their way back to each other and at least I’m happy to inform you that it does happen in this book, I just won’t say when you’ll have to read it to see.
Marci’s PoV has such promise. I mean she is technically dead and on the other side of all the magic of the world trying to find her way back. She even has a little friend that has tagged along, well besides Ghost. But sometimes this PoV became a huge lecture on magic and how it works. I’m a show me kind of girl, not tell me all about it so I got a little bored for a large section of this. Still once Marci had a lot of it figured out and was trying to figure out how exactly to get back to the land of the living I was all in.
This book had more…More magic, more dragons (even a baby one), more twists, more mortal spirits and more BOB to it. Plus you know the end of the world is coming so the next book should be epic.
If you’re unfamiliar with the series, please do yourself a favor and start with the first book, Nice Dragons Finish Last. A Dragon of a Different Color is the fourth book in the series, and you’d be pretty confused if you started here. Also since book four picks up directly where book three left off (this entire series has taken place over the span of something like a month), spoilers for prior books are inevitable! So quit reading now or forever hold your peace.
Let’s get this review rolling and start with the biggest topic of them all: last book, Marci died. Only, dying is a bit more complicated than usual when you’re bonded to the spirit of the Forgotten Dead. Marci’s dead, but she might not be permanently dead. To get out, she’s got to become a Merlin, and she’ll need to beat Myron to the chase. I don’t want to say too much about this whole plot line, but I love how it allows Marci to shine and how it expands the world. We actually get to see the sea of magic that’s flowing into the world and creating spirits! That’s pretty darn cool.
On the downside, Marci and Julius were apart for most of the book. And he still thinks she’s dead! But he can’t spend all his time grieving for her like he’d want; instead, he’s got serious problems trying to keep his now democratic clan afloat. For one, Amelia’s dead, Bob’s killed her, and Svena’s left after the death of her best frenemy. The clan’s unprotected, Algonquin’s on a warpath, and to cap it all up, the Chinese dragons have landed on Heartstriker’s doorstep, demanding an immediate surrender. Now would be a really good time for Julius to figure out what happened with Chelsie in China…
Speaking of, how is it that Julius is so clueless about what Chelsie’s big secret was? It’s sooo obvious! Oh, well. Everything is revealed in this volume. Well, regarding Chelsie at least. I still have plenty of questions about what Bob’s up to. He’s clearly got some grand scheme, and he doesn’t seem to care if it results in his own death? I’m starting to question how much Bob actually cares about Julius versus seeing him as a tool. Somehow, I still have faith in Bob, and I think Julius does too. Let’s just hope that that faith doesn’t get betrayed any farther in book five.
And I need book five! I’m very happy that it’s coming out this year, because I want to read it ASAP. This series has been so amazing that I can’t imagine what the final volume has in store.
I read this book the moment I finished [book:No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished|26116636], and it turned out absolutely delightful. I really love adorable, painful love stories with earned HEAs. This book had two, both were incredibly touching and honey-like sweet. Julius continues to be brilliant; and so does Marci in this one. I think when Bethesda will get over her spoiled princes offences, she will eventually realize Julius is the most draconic of her children. I think I would have like to read some sequel set in distant future featuring mature charismatic old dragon which Julius will become one day, alongside with Marci the most powerful Merlin mage…
Anyway, I adored Julius/Chelsie parts, but I liked Marci side of the story too. The magic system Rachel Aaron developed is amazing and undeniably unique.
I love how deep and dimensional all the side characters in the book. They make the story so vibrant and colorful. The author brilliantly deals with grey shades of human/dragon personalities. The end show-down left me craving the next book, which I just can’t wait to get. I hope it will be less than year…
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Poor Julius. Just when he finally figured out his feelings for Marci she was snatched away in the final moments of book #3 - Now in book #4 we see what happens next.
What else? Well you know how we found out about China... Now we REALLY find out about China!
And Bob. What devious convoluted plot is Bob orchestrating? Well in book #4 we finally begin to see the direction Bob is taking us!
SECRETS! We finally learn so many secrets!
Oh. Did you notice the cover has Marci on? Well, lets just say having a bond with a Death Spirit has a few perks!
It's A Dragon Of A Different Colour, book four in the series - where we learn that you haven't seen anything yet as the action is dialed up to eleventy!
That's the sigh of a deeply satisfied reader.
A Dragon of a Different Colour is a magical book in every sense of the word. Julius Heartstriker continues to confound his enemies by nicing his way through Every. Single. Bad. Thing. You just can't keep a Nice Dragon down!
While Julius continues to play an important role in this book, it's actually more about the ladies than any of the preceding 3 volumes in the series. Much of the plot revolves around Julius' mortal mage partner, Marci, who died in the previous book - not that she lets this get in the way of achieving her ambition to become the first Merlin (a kind of superior Mage) - and the help she gets from Julius' sister Amelia, who also doesn't let a little thing like her death get in the way of her ambitions.
Then there's Julius' other favourite sister, Chelsie, whose epic romance with the Golden Emperor of China gets even more epic (in large part because of Julius and his niceness!) despite a rather confounding revelation.
All in all this is a must-read book.
A Dragon of a Different Colour picks up immediately following the end of No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished. In fact I think there was actually a small bit of overlap. I didn't reread the previous book going into this one, but there were definitely points where I wished I had. Rachel throws you straight back into the middle of the story, and doesn't spend much time (if any) bringing the reader up to speed. There is no way you want to read this as a standalone. I plan to reread the entire series before the final book comes out, because as always Rachel has layered and layered this story with tiny details, and you won't want to miss any of them.
If you're like me and enjoy a series that rewards you for reading between the lines & paying attention, then the Heartstrikers books are definitely for you.
Now for the review part:
Things I didn't like as much about this book:
- BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING which meant there was less time for the small, almost mundane moments. I love those little character interactions, like eating pizza on the couch, and was a bit sad to lose them. But can't really blame Rachel for having to trim them out.
- the characters spent a lot of time in their heads. Lots of thinking happens in this book. Deep, important thinking. But I felt like it came at the expense of some of the action, and slowed things down a bit.
- the characters spent a lot of time arguing. Not really a bad thing, and negotiation is a key theme to this entire series, but there were one or two spots where I felt like an argument was repeated when it should have been resolved? Could just be me speed reading though.
Things I liked:
So much! The characters, the world building, the magic system (finally an author attempting to write a magic system that MAKES SENSE!) the story itself... But the key things would have to be:
- the arguments - every character feels justified, no one is evil, and Rachel does an excellent job portraying that. I love how the key themes of hope & positivity really shine through.
- including a "puppeteer" character to explain some (all?) of the coincidences. I love how Rachel handles this. So many books fall into the trap where the main characters just seem a little too lucky. Here Rachel has key characters manipulating that "luck", which explains why things work out as they do. I'm genuinely wondering how it will all fall out in the next book though, and whether we'll finally see things start to unravel.
- the world is opening up. I love it when this happens in a series. When the author gives us that moment when you realise these books aren't just about a few people, or a city, or a country - they're about a universe. My brain always goes into overdrive at that moment, because suddenly I'm imagining all of the other, untold stories that exist in this place, and it's MASSIVE. Props to Rachel Aaron for setting that up and taking us there :)
I highly recommend this series. In my mind it has everything and Rachel Aaron now sits firmly in place as one of my favourite authors. I'm keen to see what else comes out of her very fertile imagination :)