Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review of Dragon Wife (Dragon Clan #1) by Diana Green. There will be spoilers.

Dragon Wife (Dragon Clan #1)


The clan is waking. After centuries of spellbound sleep, dragon-shifters are returning to the mountains. They are few in number, and the outside world has become overrun with humans. 

Huroth, the dragon chieftain, recognizes a need for his kind to adapt, by forming alliances and mate-bonds with humans, but his clan is divided. From the first time she meets him, Lady Orwenna is drawn to the magnificent chieftain. 
The mind link he forms with her is both fascinating and frightening, as is the powerful attraction she feels for him. If only she knew what was in his heart. 

Does he want her for the woman she is, or for her magical abilities? When war breaks out between kingdoms and ancient enemies of the dragons resurface, the clan will be tested. In the midst of uncertainty, can Huroth and Orwenna find their way together?

My Review:

The book was short, simple, and sweet with some solid world building. It has a lot of action in it.  However, I found the ending disappointing among other things. My peeves are as follows:

The attraction between Huroth and Orwenna is never really explored in detail it's just something that existed and when described it is rather brief. There is a supposedly 'magical' connection between them formed the moment they locked eyes but it was fleeting. The reason it was fleeting is quite obvious Wen was only a teen. So for SEVEN years she fantasizes about Hurroth and she does not change a lick (still a waif) she just lost her virginity because that TOTALLY makes her an adult now. Huroth has no character development either. 

The whole conflict in the way of the romance is simply a matter of the heroine needing to trust Huroth along with some petty misunderstandings which is hardly original when there were much more promising obstacles.  Love between husband and wife is not something seemly prevalent or even existing in this universe. This is ignored in favor of the subject of whether human and dragons should marry just to create some clan conflict. I also find it rather contradictory considering both the heroine and the hero got out of loveless engagements to be with one another and yet, have no qualms about doing the same to others. The justification being as simple as 'they'll grow into it' fallacy. It was also rather odd that a (supposedly) intelligent women like Wen is perfectly content with just being a wife. She wanted to run away due to the misogyny women faced yet was content with the status quo after finding 'the one' rather than use her influence to benefit other women. I found this irritating if sexism is going have such an impact on the heroine then it should be adequately addressed. I know the book is called, Dragon Wife but still!  My quest to find a good dragon Paranormal Romance novel has once again come up unfruitful me thinks my standards are too high.

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