Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
She must journey to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, fend off thieves who covet the pearl for themselves and will go to any lengths to get it, all the while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to dissuade those who would see her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood.
The pearl itself is no ordinary cargo; it thrums with malevolent power, jumping to Shiori’s aid one minute, and betraying her the next – threatening to shatter her family and sever the thread of fate that binds her to her true love. It will take every ounce of strength Shiori can muster to defend the life and the love she’s fought so hard to win.
After reading the first volume, I couldn’t wait to read the second part. The cover was again absolutely gorgeous and it fits the plot perfectly too. Now that I’ve finished the book, I have to say that it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I had to fight my way through part of the book. I felt like the book was split into several parts. The first 30 percent of the book was incredibly exciting and action-packed. I just flew through the pages and couldn’t put the book down. But as soon as Shiori came back from Ailong it got kind of boring and it took me a lot longer to read.
Shiori didn’t go through much development for me. In the middle I felt a bit like she was going backwards. I would have liked to read a little more about her brothers and Takkan.
The story got really exciting towards the end and I devoured the last chapters again.
The book wasn’t bad, but unfortunately it doesn’t live up to the first part of the series at all. I think that’s a bit of a shame, because Elizabeth Lim has a wonderful writing style that can really captivate you.
I only have a small reading recommendation.
The rights to the covers lie with the respective publisher / author! This book was made available to me as a review copy by Hodder & Stoughton. All reviews reflect my honest opinion.