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No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished: Heartstrikers, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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We continue to learn more about the world, the magic, and the different factions, but never in a way that seems unsuspected. Things reveal at perfect pacing, and while not all questions are verbally answered by characters, all the clues are present to draw in the readers comprehension and appreciation.
We all knew Julius was in for quite the challenge bringing a Council to his family, but the events that follow are both surprising and uplifting. Julius continues to grow yet remain his core unique self, and bring a new kind of vision to his siblings. Marci has her own travels to make as the relationship with her spirit evolves and others begin to take notice of their unique magics. Algonquian’s threats are not to be forgotten but don’t turn out quite as expected as well.
Aaron has a beautiful ability to tell a difficult story in a fun and driving way. Though light is made at points, no detail should be overlooked, no hint or word forgotten. Everything matters, and everything will eventually come to light. I look forward to reading the succeeding and eventually concluding novels in order to learn truly where the future our Dragon Seers are driving towards.
Short version of my review: more More MORE! LOT'S MORE, PLEASE!
This book is a bit different than the first two; there's less humor and more plot points left hanging at the end of the book. That's not to say a lot of plot points aren't wrapped up and answers to questions given, because there are. It's just as the plot complexities multiply, some threads must continue on to the next book.
In No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, Julius, the nicest dragon in question, stands his ground despite shyness, fear, manipulation, his mother, his brother, his other brother, broken bones, cuts and bruises, and a dragon flaming. Our nice dragon stares down death and refuses to budge from his principles, and we love him for it. Marci grows even more as a mage and love interest, Ghost, well, acts even more ghostly, Justin seems to have added several IQ points, Ian climbs the corporate/dragon ladder with finesse, Chelsie is Chelsier with a really cool backstory thrown in that fleshes her out in ways we didn't see coming, and Bob is, well, Bob. Throw in a few mages - dragon and human - for good measure and there's just a bit of tension brewing.
When you add in Bethesda - not the cuddliest of moms, Algonquin, giant slugs, a magical construct or two, and hundreds of Heartstriker dragons stuffed into one mountain fortress at the same time, well... the story just gets better and better as the tensions mount. While this book feels a bit slower-paced at times, there is just so much going on, that density is needed to support all the story threads deftly intertwining against the backdrop of Julius's efforts to drag the Heartstriker clan kicking, screaming, stabbing, and flaming into the current century.
The character who is revealed and grows the most in this book is probably Bethesda's Shade, Chelsie. She's also one who provides some of the biggest plot twists, as evidenced by the first-chapter flashback. Through the book, Bethesda is proven to be even more shallow, stubborn, prideful, short-sighted, and cold-blooded than we thought she was. We wonder how she birthed all these brilliant, complex characters, along with the niceness that is Julius. There is only one particular dragon who seems to take after his mother, so maybe Ms. Aaron is letting us know that for the most part, Bethesda's shortcomings aren't genetic but pathological, or maybe she simply seldom breeds true. At any rate, the reader is left siding with the Heartstriker dragons who want to beat a few thick skulls against a wall or two.
A good read, very satisfying, although it does make you really wish the next book was already out! Rachel Aaron is on my must-buy/must-preorder list, as well as those of my friends and family. One of the best indie authors ever and worth every penny for her books. Ms. Aaron's at top of my favorite authors list, indie or major publishing house, right alongside Brandon Sanderson, Suzanne Collins, Kate Elliot, Louis McMaster Bujold, C.J. Cherryh, Connie Willis, etc. I'm so glad I gave her a try when one of her books was on sale!
If you haven't read Rachel Aaron's other books, go grab The Legend of Eli Monpress and start a new journey through this author's imagination. You're in for a treat! I just wish I could give myself amnesia, so I could read Ms. Aaron's books again for the first time.
Edited to correct some typos and then let ADD run amok...
Edited again: What I thought was an error was actually correct usage; deleting that comment.