Author: Shana Abé
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: It’s 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England’s southern coast. While she’s always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities.
As war hits Britain’s shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities. At the request of Armand Louis, the darkly mysterious boy whose father owns Iverson, Lora will spend her summer at his lavish estate. To help the war effort—and to keep Lora by his side—Armand turns his home into a military hospital, where Lora will serve as a nurse. For Armand is inescapably drawn to her—bound to her by heart-deep secrets and a supernatural connection that runs thicker than blood.
Yet while Lora tries to sort out her own feelings toward Armand, fate offers an unexpected surprise. Lora discovers there is another drákon, a prisoner of war being held in Germany. And that only she, with her newly honed Gifts, will be able to rescue him.
With Armand, Lora will cross enemy lines on an incredible mission—one that could bond her to Armand forever, or irrevocably tear them apart.
This is the third good-second-book in a row this week. I'm happy. Authors, you keep these coming now, okay? *knocks on wood*
For the most part, I have no particular strong feelings to point out in here. These are my escape novels, and I don't have to think more than "well, I wish I could Turn to a dragon like that." So that's a nice break, of course. My one complaint of course, was upon reding the first page and remembering my favorite character had died in the first book....still a bit mad that. But this romance sort of thing is okay, and I'm less annoyed at it now. Wow I managed that without any obvious spoilers.
It's also refreshing to read a new book of an established author. Nowadays there are so many debuts out there; while that's great and exciting, it's also sometimes hard for me to read a bunch, because I can tell they're still trying to find their own niche and style in the writing world.
While I'll always be a bigger fan of Abé's adult drakon series, little by little this series is growing on me. I do like how certain people/things subtly connect with the other books, but there are still so many unanswered questions, and I am now anxious for the third and final book in the trilogy.
My review of the first book is here.