Book Review : Waking the Dragon (Vale of Stars #1) by Juliette Cross

wakingthedragonRelease date: 9th June 2015

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis

The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion.

When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.

Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?

The Review

First of all, thanks to the publisher and author for this awesome read.

I wasn’t sure about this book, but as it was about dragons I knew I couldn’t go wrong. This book is part of a much bigger series but I honeslty didn’t realize it as the book can stand on its own. But if you can, read Soulfire and Windburn as a lot will make much more sense to you (I guess)

Moira was brought up in wealth and a very controlling family but when her sister is disowned for bonding with a morgon she chooses to distance herself from her father and the well known name. Moira is determined to become her own person, and still be able to remain in her sisters life. By day Moira is a journalist writing for her school paper under an alias, but when she stumbles on a case which involves some missing women she is determined to solve the mystery even if it means entering into the underworld of the morgons. (FYI Morgons are the offspring of from a dragon and human union)

To keep Moira safe Kol Moonring, the Captain of the morgon guard is sent to protect her and even though they get off on the wrong foot, there is no mistaking the attraction and the tension between them.

What did I like? I really enjoyed reading this book. The story line seemed a bit cliché and even predictable but I promise, you will love reading about it all.

It was nice to have some of the history behind the dragons in this book as it helped to shed light on the depth of the story. I love Kol soo very much, amazing that no matter what kind of hybrid men are, they are simply the same. Hard on the outside but big old softies on the inside. His dominance and strength was just intoxicating I couldn’t help but smile at it all. Moira I felt was pretty annoying in some parts as she was constantly trying to prove her independence. Why do we make things hard for ourselves, if you like someone just tell them… right? (Wish I could take my own advice)

Overall a truly captivating read I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series has in store.

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