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“Ehhh, it was okay.”Sami Alyx wrote this review Saturday, August 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it!”Michelle S wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this historical fiction about dragons and thought it was interesting/fast read. ”Erin wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved Dragon's Keep! I don't care if this is its sequel or not; I must read it!”sara y wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really well told story about experiences forming us. This girl was formed by the hatred of a father and the fear of her magic gift. In the end these are obstacles she overcomes and accepts. She is herself.”cyn3 wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a companion bk to Dragon's Keep which I read, but don't remember loving it. I really liked this one and think I will go back and re-read the other. Summary:Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.”Kristy B wrote this review Thursday, October 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The only problem with this book was that it was a little bit predictable.”Bree B wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dragonswood, on Wilde Island, is a sanctuary for dragons and fey. Janet Lee Carey, continues the tale of Dragons and humans (with a bit of Fey) that she started in Dragon’s Keep. Several years after the events of Dragon’s Keep, we are introduced to Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter, who is accused of being a witch. The adventure starts right away and keeps you gripped until the end.
Tess and her friends friends are on the run when they meet Garth Huntsman, a stranger who helps them hide from the witch-hunters. Tess is suspicious of the stranger - with good reason - but has to work with him as she tries her best to keep her friends from trouble and repay them for disrupting their quiet lives.
Dragonswood is a fast moving story, you did not have to read Dragon’s Keep (which I thought was a little slow) to understand Dragonswood, Janet Lee Carey did a wonderful job of explaining the necessary pieces so the reader understands the history. The characters - human, fey and dragons - are very three dimensional and makes the reader care about what happens to them.
Though a lot happened, I never felt as though it was too fast or overwhelming. The story was well paced and exciting. The mystery - though I guessed a little of what was going on - was intriguing enough to keep me engaged. Garth and Tess, the two main characters, were lovable and relatable. I enjoyed the way Janet handled their growth and their personal “big reveals”. This book is for all the adventurers out there, go forth and read!
“A great tale with a wonderful ending. Breathtaking and makes me think. The emotion really shows and makes me feel all the same things.”me wrote this review Monday, July 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Tess has power. She knows it and it terrifies her - because not only does she not truly understand it, it's enough to have her branded a witch. In a land that has to be shared between humans, dragons and fairies, being different is enough to get you in serious trouble. Soon, she has to flee and her journey to find safety leads her into a political hotbed where myths and legends have more than a grain of truth and no one you meet is exactly what they seem.
A fantastic blend of historical fiction, fantasy and mythology, Dragonswood was a pleasure to read. While I saw the ending way sooner than I would like, I appreciated that Carey didn't rush us to the finish - there was much of interest along the way. I did love the dragons and their interactions with the other peoples - really, I liked all of the fantastical creatures and humans in this story. The romance was slower moving that I usually want but it was quite nicely done, I have to admit. Instead of being a romantic book, it was a fantasy story with a solid plot (only one glaring hole at the end that didn't really spoil anything) that just happened to have enough romance to make it interesting. I did enjoy it.”