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What did you love best about One Good Dragon Deserves Another?
The continued humor of it. This is a book that knows what kind of story it's wanting to tell, and telling it well. It's not above poking fun at itself in ways, without getting meta too much.
What was one of the most memorable moments of One Good Dragon Deserves Another?
The climax, when...something fairly significant happens. Not going to tell you what of course :P read the book. Actually there were several moments that were pretty great for one reason or another.
What about Vikas Adam’s performance did you like?
He carries the humor over very well in his spoken word. His voices are very distinct for all the characters, so there isn't any issue with figuring out who is speaking. And his switch between male to female voices is pretty good. That's one thing that will sort of set my teeth on edge, if a narrator can't do a passable version of the opposite sex, listening to them try and do it, and fail, makes the story difficult to sit through. But Vikas doesn't have that issue in my opinion. He does a good job of sounding feminine when the character calls for it, without it sounding heavy handed or forced.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There are a few significant scenes between Marcy and Ghost that had some...weight to them. Particularly the most significant one of that specific storyline. Again, not spoiling anything but, the way it was presented when more about Ghost is explained was, very impressive to me. I think it was partly the imagery in my head that the words created, but also the words themselves. It was a fairly powerful scene, and done well.
Any additional comments?
And here is where I talk about the stuff I didn't like, because there were definitely some bits that were tiresome. They were minor, don't get me wrong, I strongly recommend you getting this book, but it's not without some flaws.
First, just like in the first book, I think the sugary sweet relationship between Marcy and Julius was just...too romance bookey for my tastes. More of the "You are so wonderful!" "No YOU are so wonderful!" "Gosh! No way! YOU are THE MOST wonderful person ever!" back and forth made me literally roll my eyes several times. I remember saying out loud a few times "I get it! They want to boink! Get on with it already!"
Also, Julius I think is too...reluctant I guess would be the word? He spends so much of this book second guessing courses of action, and then naysaying those courses of action...*even the courses of action that he came up with himself*. I mean I get it, she's trying to portray him as totally different from other dragons, but she takes his obsequiousness to 11, and it's just tiresome. He'll ping pong between "I'm tired of being pushed around!" and bounce right back to "Hey, I'll go along with whatever the big scary dragon says because I'm Julius, and I want everyone to have a happy ending." His level of "No no, you don't owe me any favors" when he does things for people also got old. It's just....eh.
I'm hoping that will change with the next book, considering how...certain things pan out storywise, but, we'll see.
Still, it's a great book, a really fun read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a modern fantasy story with a laugh in it. If you liked the first one, you'll like this one too.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
4.5 stars for the story. Very good! Maybe even better than the first book in the series. This book is fast paced, funny, snarky, suspenseful, occasionally poignant, and fairly engrossing. It's family-safe and can be heard in public (no sex or swearing, if memory serves, but some bloody battles).
Marci the Mage (move over, Merlin) and Julius the truly "noble" dragon (kind and wise) are back, even stronger, and more layered. There's a hint of romance, too.
Rachel Aaron creates strong secondary characters. Ghost really added a LOT to the plot, as did Amelia the A-Clutch dragon Mage. A-Melia. Julius's eldest sibling. The heir. The rum-loving lush. Fun character!
We also see Bethseda the Broodmare, Bob / Brohomir the Seer, Chelsea the Shade, Justin the warrior, etc. We finally meet the Lady of the Lake -- Algonquin, and her invincible dragon hunter, Vann Jager. The dragon-shifter daughters of the legendary Three Sisters are back: Estella the Seer, Svena, and Katya who became friends with Julius and Marci in the first book.
Villains act with credible motivations. Battles are vivid. Justice is fairly satisfying, but not quite.
Without resorting to info-dumps, we learn more about dragon origins, and about spirits (especially Ghost the cat spirit and Algonquin) and more about Heartstriker patriarch Quetzlcoatl, murdered by his own daughter Bethsesda.
Minor Quibbles: Just a bit too long — but I like audiobooks of 16 hours or fewer — with a little more internal dialogue than I like. Some of the internal reflection felt like noise — thoughts and feelings and plans I could have figured out for myself, by inference. The last chapter's political discussion about the council went on too long, I thought. I'd have preferred an epilogue instead. (Katya?)
Excellent narration by Vikas Adam. Easy on the ears, and he makes it easy to differentiate between characters without going overboard and becoming annoyingly affected. I read and listened, interchangeably.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
The first book in this series was excellent and as soon as I finished it I bought this one, number two.
It’s all a bit too everything..... to wordy instead of getting on with the story. Too too far fetched, if you can say that about a fantasy.!
Not enough of the story is around the human mage and her magic, the spirit cat or her battles.
I will listen to the end however just to see if I can prove myself wrong in my criticism.
I won’t be getting any of the other books in the series.
Even better than the first one, Heartstrikers has become my favourite urban fantasy series. It's funny and exciting, and the characters are lovable. At one point in an action scene my heart was booming, it really took me in. I'll read this whole series. The narrator is great as well.