Ever since scruffy Sebastian Smith and Lady Thea Flamma were paired as Dragon Riders, their lives have been forever changed. The unlikely duo forged an unbreakable bond, but now with dark stirrings in the south their bond will be put to the ultimate test.
Seb discovers Lord Vincent has returned and he wants to unleash an ancient evil that will destroy the lives of everyone in the kingdom – The Darkening. In order to defend the realm against unspeakable foes, Seb, Thea, and their shared dragon, Kalax, set out on an arduous journey to find the sacred Dragon Stones – before their dark power ends up in the wrong hands.
But to conquer an old enemy, Thea must find a way to overcome her own inner demons, and Seb has to muster the courage to become the brave leader his kingdom needs . . .
Dragon Legends (Return of the Darkening #2) by Ava Richardson was a fast-paced read full of action, espionage, and dragons. I really enjoyed the first book in the series quite a bit, but I struggled to give it a good review with all of the editing errors I thought it had. There were too many spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors for me to truly immerse myself in the story. I’m glad to see that Dragon Legends doesn’t seem to have any of the same problems I thought the first book had. I was unable to stop reading this book once I had picked it up, it was another late night for me.
To me, one of the best parts of the first book was the author’s world building. Once again Ava Richardson has done a great job giving us enough information to keep the story moving along, alongside enough hints and revelations about the world to keep me reading and wanting more. Thea and Seb continue to be some of my favorite characters, who grow even stronger and closer together as partners and dragon riders as the story progresses. My one complaint is that we still don’t get much information about the history of the dragons themselves. In the first book, we get some pretty interesting hints and I had hoped Dragon Legends would expand upon them.
The story of the first book was a little generic at times, but I still found it enjoyable. With Dragon Legends, Richardson has really broken away from the tropes and stereotypes that seem to fill most books I’ve read about dragons lately. I found myself flipping through the pages almost faster than I could read in my need to know more. I once again found myself backtracking a few pages every now and then when I realized I read a bit too fast for to process exactly what I was reading. I really hope the author continues this trend in the next book.
Despite the few flaws I found, I really enjoyed reading this book and I can’t raid for the next in the series to release. Ava Richardson has the potential to be a great author and one whose work deserves to be followed.
The few tiny flaws I found aside, I really loved this book and I can’t wait for the next book in the series to release. Ava Richardson is proving to be a great author and one who’s work I think deserves to be followed.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.