“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
I loved, loved, loved this book. It had everything you could want in a book. A strong female protagonist, evil monsters, magic, a world that you dream about living in, and a male character that you start the story not wanting to like but you do anyways.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I saw it sitting on the new book shelf at my library, and I thought “Ooooh pretty cover!” I kept myself from reading any reviews online so I wouldn’t get my expectations up to high. But even then, I don’t think that I would have been disappointed.
This book caught me from the first few pages and kept me ensnared until the very end. There were so many twists that kept the book moving forward, it was one of the rare books that I didn’t feel like skipping slow parts (there weren’t any for me). I still find myself thinking about this book. I don’t think I have wanted a sequel to a stand alone book as much as I have for this book. I know I am gushing but I just can’t help it!
I am trying to think about if there was anything that I didn’t like, and maybe a better wrap up for the romance aspect at the end. I could have done with maybe another chapter, but I was still pretty happy with the way it ended.
If you haven’t read this book I suggest you run down to either your library or local bookstore and pick up a copy. 🙂