- Series: Dragon Chalice
- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (April 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511586435
- ISBN-13: 978-1511586436
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 492 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I think the author tried to hard to envelope too many types of the stories into this one. She tried to incorporate the supernatural realms of the fairy/dragon worlds with the human and shifter elements and I think she failed to do this on many levels. I think if she had picked one and stuck with it this could have been a super, super story.
My first problem was the princess running off with a real louse from the human world and allowing him to escape with the sacred dragon cup to begin with. Then to be told they never married and she was more or less his whore, well the story just sort slid away from there for me. Then it picked up when the heroine meets hero but even he was not a great hero. He was supposed to be this great Hunter due to we find out his shifter blood.
The final blow for me was the near death of the heroine, who is saved due to the water being drunk from the 2nd dragon cup of the four cups they are seeking. It was just too over the top for me. Even the epilogue wasn't enough to salvage the story for me.
As i have said before reading material is subjective and there are probably others like the the other 5 and 4 star reveiwers who will really like this story. So, my advise is again, read the top reviewers, read the bottom reviewers and then read it for yourself. YOU BE THE JUDGE.
That was where my excitement ended though. I thought it was going to be just this action-packed, rollercoaster of twists right from the get-go, I was excited. No, not at all.
Instead it’s full of lengthy descriptions and a bunch of sitting and talking. I couldn’t finish it, I was almost to the halfway mark when I just had to put it down.
Because of those lengthy descriptions it was like a movie playing in slow motion. It took a couple of a sentences to say he was putting his elbow on his knee. No thank you.
I really didn’t even feel any kind of connection between the characters even though they shared two kisses.
I could barely focus on this book, I just got so bored with it and it was just slow. I kept getting distracted until I just gave up. Even when the plot started to get going, there was no urgency for me, no excitement because those lengthy descriptions just slowed it down.
Can you see an ongoing theme here? The only problem I had was the plot was slow to get going and that detail.
I have found that romances have a formula that they adhere to, and Lara Adrian's writing is no different. Some of her novels 'flex' the formula a little and those have been her most enjoyable (the midnight breed, book's 5 and 9). THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. The editing was choppy, like the editor removed what they thought were unimportant points, or the writer didn't bother to write them. These included jumping locations, character conversations that seemed to be missing parts,and missing action descriptions (not horizontal mambo action, real fist swinging, sword fighting action). If you've read any of Lara Adrians' other books, she is actually a very, very, good action writer and this was some very poor writing.
The ending left me especially underwhelmed. I accept that part of the romance formula is that the lovers have to end up happily married, but in this case, not only was she happily married, she went home and suddenly she was accepted as the lady of the manor? Not to give away anything, but the female lead established a few times in the novel that she was not well liked at home, and was treated as an unimportant family member. But suddenly, and by suddenly, I mean at the end of one chapter she is one an island monastery, and the beginning of the next chapter she is lounging in bed at her family estate.
The "Happily Ever After" aspect of the romance formula was seriously forced in this novel.