Friday, December 6, 2013

Book Review: Dragon Ridden by T.A. White

Blurb: Tate leads a life full of secrets. Having an incredibly life-like dragon tattoo that moves when nobody is looking and no memory of her life prior to eight months ago can make things difficult. When a momentary impulse leads Tate to return an ancient hairpin to its rightful owner, it sparks a chain of events that soon affects every aspect of Tate’s life. Now with several people convinced that she holds the key to unimaginable power, Tate’s about to learn how a single action can have unintended consequences.

With no allies to watch her back, Tate’s going to have to move fast if she wants to survive in the city of Aurelia, where friends are often enemies in disguise and appearances are deceiving. She’ll find that monsters walk the labyrinth beneath Aurelia’s streets where the secrets to Tate’s past rest. Unlocking her hidden memories might just be the only thing keeping Tate alive and preventing the coming war.

I give it 3 stars

My Review: Dragon Ridden is a fun and exciting book full of secrets and danger. With each new twist and turn, more is revealed not only about the main character, Tate, but also about the strange and wonderful city in which she finds herself.

This novel has a fast paced plot with plenty of action and characters you'll be dying to know more about. Tate is sassy and tough, but still manages to have her soft moments. Ryu is mysterious and intense. And the minor characters are for the most part interesting and complex with lives and stories all their own.

Drawn unwillingly into a dangerous situation she doesn't understand and beset by enemies on all sides, Tate is forced to find allies in unlikely places as she struggles not only to regain memories of her lost past, but also to find her way through a complex plot she was never supposed to get involved in.

Throw in a dragon, a banshee, a sadistically deranged Night Lord, and a heaping dose of thieves, cutthroats, and pirates, and you have one wild adventure you don't want to miss.

The book ended with things pretty well wrapped up, and yet there are still unanswered questions which leave me hoping there will be a follow up novel. Even though the book has some rough spots, it really is a good read. I would gladly recommend it to any fantasy fan who likes lots of kick butt action and plenty of intrigue.


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