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Delightful Blend of Fantasy, Technology, and More
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2017
The prologue/epilogue gives a definite sense of foreboding which bothers me. One other (-): There are 1 or 2 chapters where the POV switches to a minor character with no apparent warning (still first person--just that person isn't Eira anymore). The content is good; the change is just a bit confusing, though it works itself out within a few pages. Not the absolute best jaw-dropping thing I've ever read (but hey, I read a LOT).
Warning: Although we have dragons, we also have computers, motorcycles, and modern (even futuristic) technology--at least, we do inside the human cities. That was a bit of a surprise as Eira is armed only with a knife when we meet her and everything is very low tech (possibly even middle ages level) outside the city.
The world building and story telling are excellent. The dynamics between the Eira and Rai (nickname of dragon) are delightful. FYI, the dragon can shape-shift and spends most of the book in a human-esque form. Eira lets him get away with a lot (invading her personal space, etc) that she wouldn't let anyone else do. She says it's because he's a dragon and can't be expected to know better but everyone else is convinced that there is something more going on. The dragon's outside perspective on humanity is also quite entertaining, which is a plus as this is definitely not a comedy.
Minor characters are interesting and dimensional with day-to-day issues and minor conflicts which make things feel very realistic. Eira's past is slow to unfold. Part of the motivation for wanting to read book 2 is see more of this glorious unveiling (though some parts are rather inglorious...).
Additionally, the plot arc is NOT finished at the end of the book, meaning you will definitely want to read the next one. This is, however, an excellent introduction to the plot, setting, characters, etc. with enough action and character development to justify the read (even if you don't go on).
Parting note about Eira and her emotions: What woman hasn't felt at some point that her emotions are "fucked-up" or "not normal"? Given the amount of trauma that Eira has been through, it is totally believable that the negative emotions seem to out weight the positives--and she is different enough from everyone else (again, very relatable) that it's easy for her to believe that she is wired different emotionally as well. Perhaps she is. Or perhaps a certain dragon and a handful of good friends can help the good times counterbalance the bad---although needing to destroy the Big Bag Guy just might get in the way.