The Hearts of Dragons, book two in the Dragoon Saga, is available NOW. To celebrate, I’m going to be spotlighting both books that kick off this epic new trilogy today!
From fantasy author Josh VanBrakle comes an epic new trilogy of friendship, betrayal, and explosive magic. Lefthanded teenager Iren Saitosan must uncover a forgotten history, confront monsters inspired by Japanese mythology, and master a serpentine dragon imprisoned inside a katana to stop a revenge one thousand years in the making.
Lodian history declares lefthanded people chaotic, dangerous, and devil-spawned, but Iren, the kingdom’s only known Left, thinks that’s an exaggeration. Sure, he loves pranking the residents of Haldessa Castle, but that’s harmless fun to get a little attention.
When one of his stunts nearly kills Lodia’s charismatic heir to the throne, Amroth Angustion, however, Iren confronts a no-win choice. To avoid execution, he must join a covert team and assassinate a bandit lord. The mission is suicidal, and Iren’s chances aren’t helped when he learns that his new katana imprisons a dragon’s spirit, one with a magic so powerful it can sink continents and transform Iren into a raging beast.
Adding to Iren’s problems, someone on the assassination team is plotting treason. When a former ally launches a blood-soaked plan to avenge the Lefts, Iren finds himself trapped between competing loyalties, and the fates of two nations will depend on his choice.
This was a interesting read, and different from the other paranormal creatures I usually read about.
I loved how this story goes into detail about the dragons, the world and the various people.
Iren is a Left, a Dragon knight to be exact. He has grown up being shunned by everyone all his life because of this. And when he picked top go on a mission with the heir to the throne, he learns a bit about his past and his parents.
This was a great start to the series, I loved threes world that Josh had created, and the intricate story he had made based on a Japanese mythology.
Loved it, 4 stars
The Hearts of Dragons
Seven months ago nineteen-year-old Iren Saitosan saved the continent of Raa, but victory had its price: his Dragoon transformation left him unable to use magic. In a culture that relies on spells just to open doors, the impairment has crippled him. Unwilling to live dependent on his friend Minawë, Iren departs in search of a cure.
Meanwhile, Minawë faces a greater loss. She had to watch her mother’s murder, and she has yet to overcome her grief.
She will have to find the strength to move on, though, because a ruthless pair is hunting Iren. They know about the Dragoon, and they’ll stop at nothing to gain its power. If they succeed, they’ll plunge Raa into its most devastating war in a thousand years. Only Minawë can rescue Iren before that happens. But even if she finds him in time, a secret from the past may turn him against her.
Dare I say this is better that book one? This had me hooked from the start and I was lucky enough to read them back to back.
This book has your asking so many questions, and we see the challenges that thee character face play out in threes world that Josh had created.
More Dragon knights are coming into play in this book, and for some reason our another they are coming together.
I can’t wait to see what it’s in store for book three, I am loving this series. It’s different and engaging.
About Josh VanBrakle:
Josh VanBrakle is the author of the perfectly logical combination – to him, anyway – of epic fantasy novels and environmental non-fiction.
Born in Pennsylvania, Josh grew up in Hershey, Chocolatetown USA. He now lives in the rural Catskill Mountains of upstate New York with his wife and two ill-behaved cats.
Josh grew up with a passion for both reading and the outdoors. His parents claim he learned to read using dinosaur books, because all the dinosaur names had phonetic spellings after them. From an early age he was telling and writing stories.
While the ideas for his first novel originated in high school, Josh set them aside to pursue a career in environmental protection. He might never have gone back to writing had it not been for a serendipity moment. He saw a newspaper article advertising workshops hosted by Shannon Delany, author of the 13 to Life series and the Weather Witch series. Thanks to those workshops, two years of hard work, and the incredible support of his family and coworkers, Josh’s debut novel, The Wings of Dragons, was born.
Although Josh is now writing more than ever, he continues to work a day job at a local environmental nonprofit promoting rural land conservation. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, nature photography, and generally being outdoors wherever and whenever possible.