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Lady Dragon, Tela Du (The Rizkaland Legends) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 19, 2016
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About the Author
Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.
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First Reuben. I'll be interviewing him next week, so you'll get to meet him. Reuben is the brother I never had. Seriously, this guy is a total fantasy lover, the kind of kid who looked for Narnia in the back of his closet, a sweet puppy dog, very excitable, and just so much fun. But yet, he knows how to be serious when it counts. And he loves Petra so much (and is slightly obsessed with her hair). He's so sweet, so amusing, so adorable. Love that guy.
Petra. That girl. She's very much an introvert, very dependent on Reuben, very much against having a romantic relationship. After all, she's only sixteen. And she's very insistent that her sisters Sarah and Sylvia and Reuben's brother Richard are real, even though she and Reuben are the only ones who can remember them. Even though Petra can be--difficult--at times, I love her. And I love her relationship with Reuben. And their telepathy. They're just perfect for each other.
Then there are Summer and Tyler, Ashna and Noraeto, and Amber and Granite. They're all so different from each other, and they all add something unique to the story. I didn't think I'd enjoy Amber and Granite's story as much as I did, but it was quite...interesting.
The storyline contains a lot of...family drama. But I can't say much because of spoilers. Still, it's a book that is all about family, and I loved it. Petra, as the Tela Du, is supposed to kill Amber, the Lady Dragon. And things happen.
Read Lady Dragon, Tela Du. Seriously. You won't regret it. And then book three is totally going to rip your heart out, but it'll be awesome. Because Clarand AND Reutra.
Perhaps it was because I first read it aloud with brothers and had a chat group with other readers. Or perhaps it was also because it's a great book.
I just love the characters. Petra is such an uncommon but awesome protagonist, and Reuben isa great baslance to her. The other characters are wonderful too, though a couple are a bit under developed.
Amber was an amazing villain. I had met her in the previous book, but now I get to see her side of the story. She’s not just some crazy lady who can turn into a dragon. She’s obsessed with the idea of ruling Rizkaland and won’t see what stands in her way. She thinks she knows exactly what she’s doing, but she can’t avoid her destiny. And under her callousness, there’s a slight sense of humour.
I hated Amber in the first book, was glad she was going to die and didn’t care how. But somehow Kendra twisted be around so that I actually pitied her. I wished for her to change. Doing that with a villain is masterful.
And then there's Granite who almost makes me cry.
The themes were also great. Trusting God's control over even the hardest things. Taking on responsibility. The important of commitment in relationships. I like to see love shown in it’s best form rather than the selfish love we often see.
The emotional depth and twistyness kept me hooked and have kept me loving it for well over a year.
What I didn’t like so much
The structure just didn’t quite feel right. The point of highest tension was at the three quarter mark. After that it slowly dropped, getting down to almost nothing before jumping up pretty high just before the end. It’s not a big problem and my love of the character and a knowledge that something had to happen kept me reading, but it was a little slow.
This book does have romance. There’s young married couples doing about what you would expect, kissing, falling asleep together, nothing more than that. And the description tends more towards the character’s emotions than physical sensations.
There’s a bit of violence, with people getting stabbed or turned into ice. I’d say it’s got less than Water Princess, Fire Prince. There’s a bit of blood, but no gore.
So overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone with a taste for fantasy, tales of adventure and high callings, of sacrifice and love.