Book Review: Dragons of Wild by Ava Richardson
Into this dark and twisted land, Saffron was born sixteen years ago. Cursed with dragon affinity and magical powers, she has been forced into a life of exile and raised by dragons—secretly dreaming of a normal life and the family she lost. But as her powers become more uncontrollable, Saffron knows she must find her family before she hurts herself—or worse, her dragon clan.
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Book: Dragons of Wild
Series: Upon Dragon’s Breath #1
Author: Ava Richardson
Publication Date: October 26, 2016
Publisher: Relay Publishing Ltd
Page Count: 402
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Cover Artist: Joemel Requeza
My Rating: ★★★½
It will never be done until these half-humans, half-dragons never walk the land again. I will work a magic so deep and so powerful no dragon will ever remember having a human rider, and no child will ever think of dragons as anything but nightmares.
Heading into this book I kept thinking, “Well, this sounds like an Eragon remake.” It had a lot of similar elements, just rearranged into different sequences.
***An evil man is the ruler of an empire.
***Magic, and dragons are a myth, but only to some.
***Once, dragon riders ruled the skies.
***One character believes in both, one does not—until all is revealed.
***A blue dragon as the main dragon.
***Books hold a special importance (but that’s totally fine with me!)
And then some more.
But the further I got into the story, the less of a resemblance I saw. As a future note to self: not all dragon-rider books are the same as my beloved, Eragon.
The story alternates between the point of view of the two main characters Saffron and Bower. Saffron, a girl with no knowledge of who her real parents were, was raised in a den of dragons. Bower, an heir to the lowly-noble House Daris. Bower aims to follow in his father’s footsteps by helping the downtrodden in the city of Torvald. But with his dwindling house on the brink of destruction, there isn’t much he can do to salvage his remaining heritage.
The two characters start out in very different, but not-so-different settings. Saffron, holding close bonds with her dragon companions, knows little of the outside world. Bower knows all-too-much of the world and its downfalls. Saffron knows that magic and dragons very much exist, and Bower hopes that they do. Books have been his refuge, and hope for a brighter reality and future.
Saffron is on a mission to discover her lineage, and why she is able to wield magic. Her magic endangers her dragon family, along with herself if she doesn’t learn how to wield it properly. Embarking on a journey with her sister dragon Jaydra, she comes across ruins where pictures of dragon riders are depicted. She knows that she needs to travel to Torvald to find the answers she’s looking for.
In her travels towards the city, she creeps up on Bower, who is ironically leaving the city. Bower, on the run after being reported as being a dragon-sympathizer (having a book in his library about dragons which was banned years ago) is startled by this strange out-lander. From that point, the two are intertwined in a plot that will unravel the Maddox family reign for good.
One thing that bothered me throughout the entire story was how Saffron suddenly knew how society worked when she was just introduced to civilization. She had only one human contact in her upbringing, and that was an old hermit—another person not affluent with the trends and workings of things. So where did she get her sudden knowledge from? This little hole widened when she argued continually with her dragon Jaydra, about what to reveal and not, and how to go about doing things to make her look more or less of an outsider to civilization.
Besides that, I really enjoyed it. We didn’t get into depth with the characters much, but there are still two more books in the series to unravel their natures more, so I’m not too worried about that aspect yet.
Oh—And one tip: Do not skip either the prologue OR the epilogue!
Sexual content: None. And I mean NONE! There isn’t a love interest between the main characters for once!
Violence: Minimal to none.
All-in-all, this was a clean book.
“The prophecy beings, I will be back for you after Torvald burns and we will build a new, greater capital for our world.”