I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Summer Dragon (The Evertide, #1) by Todd Lockwood
Series: The Evertide #1
Published by DAW on May 3rd 2016
Number of Pages: 512
Purchase: At Amazon
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world—and of herself.
I loved the details about how dragons were raised, how they bonded to their riders, and all the little things. Like cutting small holes in a baby dragons wings, so that when they are adults, straps can be passed through the holes to help their rider stay in place.
The world was rich with tidbits and details, everything coming together to make a world I was happy to be lost in. I enjoyed the characters as well, especially Maia and Darian, Keirr and her father. I especially loved the drawings that headed each chapter. They were really well-done, and helped show the characters as well as the dragons.
This was mostly a fast read, but in between the two major action plots, some of the book was super slow. It almost felt like this book should have been two books instead of cramming everything into this one. There was a lot of what felt to me like filler in the middle. Some was interesting and I liked reading about it, but other bits made me want to skim through to see if anything else interesting was going to happen.
You will totally get invested in the characters. Some you will hate, and others will make you cry. I loved how Maia and Keirr interacted, from the first moments they meet to the last ones as the book ended. I also liked Maia and Darian’s relationship. As much as I wanted to smack him at one point, it totally fit his character at the same time. All the characters were written really well, they had strengths as well as flaws. And each one of them was distinct.
I can hardly wait to see what happens in the next book. If you love dragons, you need to read this book!