After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all-knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one. Now that he's got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker's gamble to put her clan on top. Refusal to play along with his mother's plans means death, but there's more going on than even Bethesda knows. Heartstriker futures are disappearing, and Algonquin's dragon hunter is closing in. Now, with his most powerful family members dropping like flies, it's up to Julius to save the family that never respected him and prove once and for all that the world's worst dragon is the very best one to have on your side.
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Ghost Got MUCH More Interesting
- Skipper "A trilogy. Say it in three. Done."
Still fun and funny, with a few minor issues
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.