Review: Princess of Dragons by Cordelia Castel

About the book:

A disguised princess. A murder most malicious. A dragon condemned to death.

Desperate to escape a forced marriage, seventeen-year-old Princess Alba disguises herself to join the all-male Dragon Mage Academy.

Her plans go wrong when a dragon accused of murder forms a telepathic link: the deepest possible bond between dragon and rider.

And it can only mean one thing:

If the dragon is executed, Alba will die.

With her fate intertwined with that of the condemned dragon, Alba must prove its innocence to save both their lives.

But can she achieve this before the Academy’s rigorous regime breaks Alba’s spirit?

Review by Katy Haye:

Princess of Dragons is a fun read, and a great addition to the dragon genre of fantasy books.

Alba is a lively character with determination and ingenuity in spades. I was initially irritated by her immediate acceptance of Fyri’s claim of innocence: since everyone else is convinced of her guilt I thought Alba should either consider that possibility, or it should be made clear, for example, that dragons can’t lie to their bonded human, or that there was some explanation that magic meant Alba knew as surely as Fyri did that she hadn’t committed the crime.

But that’s a small niggle. The world was beautifully drawn and the pacing was excellent – matters accelerated with so many twists and turns they left me breathless, until we reached the hugely satisfying conclusion.

This is a full, satisfying read on its own, but I was pleased to see there’s a series with plenty more adventures ahead for Alba and Fyri.

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