(PDF) [One Good Dragon Deserves Another] ç Rachel Aaron

Forest of Darkness eArtstriker and used as a political pawn in a war against a rival clanIf you think your family is dysfunctional you should see Julius To Bethesda who values strength and ruthlessness her youngest son is a total failure of a dragon and she never misses a chance to let him knowxactly how she feels If it weren t for the fforts of his forgiving siblings she would have made a snack out of Julius years ago But for all that Bethesda is still his mother and Julius only wants the best for his clan When Estella dragon seer and head of The Three Sisters starts laying an obvious trap for the leader of the Heartstrikers Julius becomes frustrated that Bethesda s pride is blinding her to all dangersIt took only the first chapter to remind me instantly of how astonishingly uniue creative and addictive this world is That said it s Rachel Aaron so I would have xpected nothing less Everything I ve read by her thus far from The Spirit Thief to the Paradox sci fi trilogy she published under her name Rachel Bach have all been bursting at the seams with original and intriguing ideas But she s outdone ven herself with these Heartstriker booksMy first instincts is to call this Urban Fantasy but that s just a small slice of the big picture There s also a post apocalyptic component with traces of mythical lore combined with sci fi lements Throw in magic dragons and a healthy dose of humor I laughed out loud so many times HARD and that s still just barely scratching the surface Not many authors can set out to do something this ambitious and deliver it with such finesse and aplomb It goes without saying that world building was fantastic in this book giving Aaron plenty of opportunities to xpand upon the way magic works here and also answer plenty of uestions about dragon historyAnd then there are the characters Where do I ven begin Being the stars of the show it probably comes as no surprise that I absolutely adored both Julius and Marci Julius is as lovable as Love, Again: The Wisdom of Unexpected Romance ever and Marci totally steals the show in this book by kicking so much magical ass But I was alsoxcited when I saw the many familiar faces returning for this seuel Oh my goodness Justin And Bob Even Chelsie who is now my new hero and Ghost who may have single handedly turned me into a cat person overnight Even the villains are superb in this series from Estella the North Star to the spirit baddies like Algonuin and her top dragon hunter Vann JegerOf course no character discussion is complete without also a nod to Julius s big sister Amelia introduced in this book as the heir to Heartstriker As part of A clutch this makes her one of the oldest and most powerful dragons in the clan second only to Bethesda herself She s also nothing like I xpected It s not my place to spoil Amelia s big debut so I ll leave it at that but suffice to say it wouldn t surprise me if after this book she nds up with a pretty sizeable fan club Like very character in these novels she is compelling and memorable a good thing too considering Julius huge family and the number of siblings that play a part in his storyAs an avid Urban Fantasy reader I just fell in love with this book Perhaps it ll come as no surprise that the story has all the action comedy and thrills you would xpect after all I m addicted to this genre precisely because it is so consistently fun and ntertaining But if you want originality and truly stellar storytelling as well Then there is no contest this series stands out way above the restWhat s ven impressive is that these books are self published a personal project by Rachel Aaron I sincerely wish her the best on her Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, endeavors because this series deserves all the attention and praise I can give One Good Dragon Deserves Another blew me away with a plot that just kept on giving and giving taking me on a wild ride through several arcs that nonetheless fit together so well with surprising revelations aplenty and underdog heroes to root forvery step of the way Highly highly recommended It s OFFICIAL The Heartstrikers series now belongs to my shelf of Favorites YEYWarning This review contains lots of blabbering fangirling and random fanarts done by me so no suing ok For higher res gerynhtumblrcomThe story begins a few months after the first book nds and what a start it is We finally get to meet Bethesda the BossMother of the Strongest Dragon Clan and some of her older children We also have a few pic Bob and Justin scenes that made me want to sueal There was a short period starting at around 30% up to almost the middle of the book where there was just talking info dump and not much lse But in a few

moments verything changes 
everything changes there is dragons fighting to the death Followed by ven amazing scenes and character development and just pure awesomeness Don t get me started on the last 10% Ok ok story so Julius the runt in his family and the only truly nice dragon in the world and Marci an ultra powerful and asily xcitable magician Julius s best friend and business partner are having some great time saving stupid humans from love spells gone wrong and dangerous magical creatures Things aren t perfect but Julius has never been happier in his life far away from family xpectations UNTIL Until he s whisked away by his mother to the Hearstrikers stronghold and forced to participate in dragon politics As if Julius isn t mortified nough being in such proximity to his older aggressive and power hungry siblings he also has to deal with members of the Three Sisters clan trying to kill him and a scary premonition about the destruction of all Heartstrikers And where on arth is JustinCharactersJulius and MarciJulius If there was a character I was slightly concerned about it was Julius I was worried that his nice ness will start to annoy me that he wouldn t grow as a character and that I ll get tired with him being so kind and considerate I know a few of my GR friends were still a little bit disappointed in the Buried end but I wasn t Julius DIDvolve for me and best of all he learnt to stand up for what he believes in no matter what He doesn t lecture veryone any but when he does try it s hilarious he is not afraid to fight for his friends and I really njoyed seeing the dragon side of his personality I definitely like him ven now And don t get me started on the last 10%Marci Marci s actually pretty awesome here I m really curious to see how her and Ghost s story will develop in the third book I m glad to see her proving to be super useful and not bragging about it as much Plus she s perfect for Julius and they are adorable together Marci and JuliusJustin I loved loved loved Justin I almost regret not seeing of him and Julius interacting Despite being clutch mates Justin can be the complete opposite of his nice little brother and their uarrels and misunderstandings are hilariousJustin and JuliusSometimes it feels like Justin is the comic relief character but apart from Julius for me he s the most loyal and actually the nicest Heartstriker around He cares about his siblings far than he lets on and he IS willing nicest Heartstriker around He cares about his siblings far than he lets on and he IS willing go overboard for his family ven for his mother Nevertheless he s still rather overambitious and full of himself a typical dragonJulius and JustinBethesda We also finally get to meet the Mum The big Dragon Boss of the most powerful clan in the world Bethesda is one brutal the most powerful clan in the world Bethesda is one brutal ferocious hell of a lady who doesn t mind manipulating her own children and getting rid off them if they disappoint herI also accidentally drew her looking a bit too young But then again dragons don t really age BethesdaAmelia Another new addition to the cast is Amelia The ldest of Bethesda s children and the heir of the Heartstriker s clan And I ADORE her XD AmeliaDespite being one of the most powerful and crazy dragons around she isn t that interested in gaining her mother s favor or overthrowing her Amelia would much rather prefer to spend her days on a tropical beach drinking alcohol and njoying the peace and uietUnfortunately being the sole survivor of Bethesda s first clutch she s also her mother s biggest threat and main target for her assassins Bethesda and Amelia Conrad Bethesda s bodyguard and the largest dragon in the family I am intrigued by Conrad hope we get to see of him in the third book Chelsie and ConradChelsie I wish I had an overly protective older sister like Chelsie Who knew that Bethesda s cold blooded assassin will have a soft spot for her little brothers Haha anyways Chelsie was brilliant in this book She was one of those characters that I thought were very 1 dimensional and predictable when I started the series I was of course completely wrong By the nd of the first book I knew the characters specially the ruthless and nasty dragon siblings were complicated than they first appeared but now my heart is shattering into tiny little pieces thinking about view spoiler Bob s unreuited love for Estella and Chelsie s slavery to Bethesda sniffsniff hide spoile. Algonuin’s dragon hunter closing in the stakes are higher than ven a seer can calculate But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that sometimes the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side. The littlest dragon and his benevolent family are finally backand they are crazier than ver Longer wait for seuel totally paid off because this book was pure unadulterated fun OGDDA is set only a month after the vents of first book just nough for Julius to become comfortable thinking he wiggled out from Bethesda s clawsbefore it all goes to hell Dragon politics is like a mix between Game of Thrones and Survivor and Marcy and our baby dragon are dragged right in the middle of it Oh and there is also pesky little annoyance of Alonguin s famous Dragon Hunter after JuliusBook 2Book 1I think I flew through this in one sitting because simply it was Full review now postedI didn t realize how much I needed dragons in my life Man this book was so much fun It was A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, everything I was hoping to find in the first book and then someMy issues with the writing feeling unpolished and clunky in the first book were completely nonxistent in this follow up The prose transcended being simple sentences on a page and disappeared until I wasn t seeing words on a page but instead saw the vents of the book playing out like a movie in mind That is the highest compliment I can pay to a fantasy novelist whose prose is merely a vehicle for the story they re telling such as Brandon Sanderson While I love beautiful prose like that crafted by Rothfuss and Kay I also appreciate stories that become so real in my mind that the prose disappearsThere was so much character development in this book Seriously the characters we met in the first book were cute and interesting but a bit two dimensional In this second book they are fleshed out so well that I feel like they re actually friends of mine I love that feeling and it s something that s often hard to inspire through the written word so I applaud Aaron for thatJulius the world s nicest dragon is growing into himself and beginning to stand up for what he believes As one of the youngest smallest dragons in the Heartstriker clan he is often overlooked or viewed as weak due to his kindness But he is a dragon to watch and his kindness is most definitely not weakness Julius is intelligent and crafty and loyal and those traits inspire loyalty in others Then we have Marci who is a firecracker of a human mage with a weird spirit bound to her She s Julius s friend and business partner and they have the hots for ach other It s adorable Marci is loyal and incredibly intelligent but she s also fool hardy and headstrong which often leads to trouble I ll be honest I found her just the teensiest bit annoying in the first book Not so here She was sassy and Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies emotional and intelligent and talented and loyal and strong and just all in all a very well rounded characterWhile these two are our main characters we also have the other dragons be they Heartstrikers or Daughters of the Three Sisters We get character development from Justin Julius s closest brother and the Knight of the Heartstrikers Chelsie Bethesda s Shade and the most terrifying dragon in the Heartstriker clan but one with a soft spot for her nice baby brother and Katya the youngest Daughter of the Three Sisters and the unlikely ally and friend of Julius We also have Amelia a new dragon mage on the scene She is immensely talented and incredibly uirky choosing to spend the majority of her time drunk and on other planes ofxistence until recent vents brought her back to her own And then there s Bob Bob is just about the most ccentric character I ve come across in any book and I love him for it Even though he acts like he hasn t a care in the world you can see the scarily sharp mind behind the facade He s a puppet master playing The Power Of A Choice everyone using his amazing abilities as one of the three dragon seers on the planet But while dragons all always out for their own good Bob is determined to also do what s best for his family the Heartstriker clan I have to say though that I m dying to see how the pigeon comes into play That has to be one of the weirdest petsverThis was a compelling story and it s a series I can t wait to continue Especially since the next book should provide some backstory on Chelsie who is absolutely fascinating What I love most about this series is its brightness It s fun and light Is there tension and drama Yes Any book without those components would be boring and feel meaningless But I always felt certain that things would all work out in the nd There s just a levity to the series that s refreshing So much of the fantasy genre is dark and ven though I love the genre it s like a breath of fresh air to find something this light Also there s a severe lack of dragons in urban fantasy and I really love seeing them in this setting I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for something hopeful in the fantasy genre 5 count them 5 StarsThis series is a lot of fun for me and delightfully ntertaining I wish I would have written a review as soon as I finished so I remembered all the great deets but alas there are so many books and I forgot I hadn t stopped to tell veryone how great this one isI m usually not a huge fan of beta boys Overall they can be a little boring but not Julian he has they can be a little boring but not Julian he has much chaos going on around him there is no time for him to be boring at all Everything in this story happens in a matter of days and so it all goes pretty fast and very nonstop and Julian gets thrown into the middle of it all I blame Bob Julian should blame Bob too since his brother and the Seer of the Heartstriker clan has positioned Julian into the middle of all of his machinations Schemes to foil plots to thwart naps to resume you know how it is This book really developed of the world and all of the magic in it It was crazy all of the magical battles and finding out what Marci s ghost cat really is I was surprised so very surprised and a little bit afraid to be honest I found this to have some greatly original ideas in it that were totally cool Plus we get to meet a few of Julian s siblings and I think all of them are a little on the terrifying side The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right especially when one takes an interest in Marci But one of the things I totally loved and that made me bump up my rating which was at 5 stars anyway so I guess we are at 55 stars now was this You know that moment in so many books that you read when Geeky Girl A is given an ultimatum by Bad Guy B and they are painted into a corner with the choice they make Then there is that moment when they think I should confess to Cute Boy C what just happened but then they decide that NO bad idea I ll just hide it and then later at Inopportune Time D someonelse can out their secret and then Emotionally Manipulated Scene E happens and Robin s Eyeroll of Disappointment F happens We all know that trope well right And I thought it was going to happen in this and I was pre internally groaning because I was so disappointed since I was loving the story AND THEN the strangest thing happened THE CHARACTERS COMMUNICATED they actually had a since I was loving the story AND THEN the strangest thing happened THE CHARACTERS COMMUNICATED they actually had a up conversation and then worked as a team to solve it Needless to say that made me love the characters in this Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling even and I liked that there wasn t any insta love There is attraction between Julius and Marci and there is a friendship there first and foremost so that it is believable that they have feelings for one another and that those feelings might be changing into something romantic I love how they work with one another and try to let the other person be who they are and trust them Plus I really get who Marci is and I love her superxcitable and inuisitive nature You mean like dragon healing magic Marci asked Monsieur Pain excitedly Cool How does that work Julius couldn t help but grin at that Leave it to Marci to bexcited about the magical part of her magical first aid than the actual aid You ll have to ask her he said nodding at Ysolde who d gotten her orders from Katya and was now walking toward them at a stately pace It didn t seem possible but Marci looked ven xcited than before Eeeee Is that one of the Daughters of the Three Sisters She looks like a freaking Valkyrie This was totally worth getting smacked into a wall for There are some really great and crazy plots going on it this and I am so xcited to continue on with this series What an unexpected Gem This is one of those series I just find a whole heap of fun It s filled with xciting ideas about bloodthirsty dragons the lady of the lake humans mages and the first book I definitely njoyed than I anticipated and this one was xactly the same Filled with action and drama and lots of good twists from the Dragon Seers who can influence the future I just think it s pretty greatWe re once following Julius one of the youngest Heartstrikers The seuel to Nice Dragons Finish Last was an improvement in Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. every way possible There is just so much ofverything which made the last book njoyable that the series is shaping up to be a fantastic one The worldbuilding was xpansive as we get to see and learn about. After barely scaping 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 dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one and now that he’s got an in wi. The magic of dragons and of the spirits of the arth Rachel Aaron has created a really uniue setting for this series and the backstory of how dragons Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, ended up onarth was truly captivating Even though the Il morto di Maigret exposition can sometimes come across as a bit of an info dump I was too happily lapping it all up to be really bothered about itThe development of the characters was wonderful While Julius was still as nice asver you just cannot mistake him for being weak and definitely not stupid With the machination of his oldest brother who was one of three dragon seers ver in xistence Julius was placed as the central chess piece towards an ndgame which relied on his uniue un draconic personality to succeed It was frankly uite masterful Marci s magic potential grew by leaps and bounds and what was ven intriguing was the development of her relationship with her spirit which comes in the form of a ghost cat This is definitely one human to watch out for The growth of her romantic relationship with Julius was also handled well I hate plot devices where characters don t communicate or talk things through Fortunately this was not an issue here Julius older siblings were truly the icing on the cake Crazy Amelia the Planeswalker uirky Bob the Seer awesome Chelsie the Shade and obnoxious Justin the KnightChampion Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition each andvery one of them is great in their own special way and they were much fully Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom explored in this instalmentAbout one third in thever Sexual Secrets escalatingvents made it ver so hard to put the book down There were loads of revelations and cool action set pieces replete with awesome displays of magic And it was all wrapped up in an xciting dge of the seat climax which was then followed by an arth shattering vent I am absolutely hooked on Heartstrikers now This review can also be found at Booknest Actual Rating 45 StarsSo this is the installment where the series really grabs you by the face sits you down and forces you to see a much bigger picture than you thought possibleI m sort of amazed because I ve never had such a great relationship with any Urban Fantasy I ve picked up before this oneThe first most noticeable difference for me personally 455 starsSimply a superb improvement in ualityOne Good Dragon Deserves Another is the second book in Rachel Aaron s Heartstrikers series and it is a VAST improvement from the first book The first book was a 35 stars read for me this book received 45 stars rounded up on Goodreads from me Urban fantasy is really not my favorite genre and that s why I m completely surprised by how much I njoyed this book The story itself isn t Purely Sexual even something special it s great of course but it s the combination of all the otherlements in the book such as the characters action seuences world building and prose that made this book so damn compelling to read The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 everything just flows impeccably wellIt s been a long time a month andleven books to be precise since I was this ngaged in reading a book Heck I ven thought that I was near a reading slump or something because the past leven books have been a mix of bad mediocre good great but none of them were amazing The first book Nice Dragons Finish Last was a part of SPFBO 3 competition it s such a shame that the competition can only count the first book understandable but still a shame because this book alone blew very book or winner that I ve read in the history of the competitionThere simply isn t any dull moment in the book One of the missing aspect of the first book despite it being fun was an ngaging and tense plotline Aaron fixed this completely here making the first book simply a prelude and introduction to the world story and characters There were a lot of moving parts in the storyline and although Aaron finished the main storyline in this book if you take a close look beneath the fa ade of the main story it s obvious that Aaron is saving a lot of plotline for future revelations this means Bob s grand plan surrounding Julius and I can t wait to find out how it all will play out The story was also tense but at the same time it was still lighthearted damn asy to follow and never stop being fun and humorous at times Help us Juli wan Kenobi you re our only hope For a moment that almost almost made Julius feel like a hero And then he remembered Doesn t Obi Wan die in that movie Don t get me wrong I love my books being serious dark or full of death However once in a while I still need a change of pace to lighter tone books and this series is a great choice Aaron achieved this by writing superb characterizations for literally very character in the series Every character has distinct voices and personality they re uniue and none of them ver bore me Once the characters made me feel invested the story can be about literally anything and I would still nd up loving it There are a lot of fantastic character developments and I would still nd up loving it There are a lot of fantastic character developments specially towards Marci but the new characters Amelia and Vann Jeger were a wonderful addition to the series I also to talk about Bob again although he didn t appear a lot here he s still my favorite character and always managed to steal very scene he s inOne of the most prominent differences between the first book and this one is its incredible action seuences The battle against Vann Jeger for Pookie-Pie example was simply top notch It was high scale intense fast paced immersive and written really well World building also received a much betterxpositions with history surrounding the dragons their birthplace plus new information on the xclusive Heartstrikers s special weapons Fangs of the Heartstrikers making this book filled with rich contentSeuel wise this is seriously one of the strongest seuel I ve ver read Aaron pretty much improved upon Calling Home everything she wrote in the first book andrased all the cons I had on the first book in this installment There are no repetitive sentences or a sense of the prose being clunky to read her prose was so asy to read compelling and never gets in the way of the story I spotted literally only one typo in the book and that s seriously an amazing achievement in self published booksI m only two books into the series so far but Heartstrikers could seriously nd up becoming the first self published series to nter my favorite series of all time list Bob s ability as a seer must ve seen this happening and I sincerely hope I don t jinx it or do something horrible to change the future of this prediction You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest 5 I just finished listening to the second book of the Heartstriker family dragon saga and I am stoked This is turning out to be one of my favorite new series Ms Aaron has found the right map to my heart and it is populated with dragons Although I love Julian him being all idealistic and adorable and all Marcy is still the stronger character and her potential is unlimited But I am I love with Chelsy and Katia They stole the show for me in this one upstaged only by the oldest Heartstriker daughter now there is a lady I would love to guzzle some Margaritas with I do feel bad for the ntire white dragon clan after all the colemeties at the The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents end and hope our guys help them settle the score If there was something I was not too found of it was the ruling committee thatveryone agreed on for the Heartstrikers It doesn t seem like a good idea for a clan of power crazy manipulating gocentric and back stabbing dragons to rely on consensus for law and order I foresee many issues because of it and it will make a dent in Julian Marcy relationship The dude who does the narration of the Audible version of
the book is 
book is He is a perfect fit for the characters and I thoroughly njoyed itI know I sound very fangirly but I really had fun with this one and am very impatient to get the next one Recommend it for fans of fantasy in urban setting and DRAGONS Need I say 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum had to wait at least a day after finishing One Good Dragon Deserves Another to write my review lest I just nd up gushing incoherently like a madwoman That s because this book was simply amazing Not only did it manage to be ven better than the first book a magnificent achievement in itself considering how awesome Nice Dragons Finish Last was and how much I already loved it to pieces it s also now vying for the top spot in my list of best books read in 2015This seuel takes place not long after the Date Me events of book one Our protagonist Julius the youngest and nicest dragon in the Heartstriker clan is feeling happier than he sver been in his Comfort And Joy entire life Working out of the Detroit Free Zone as a magical pest control specialist with the help of his friend and mage partner Marci it feels oh so good to be finally free of his tyrant mother and all his cutthroat siblings But unfortunately for Julius this respite doesn t last before long he s sucked back into the dragonat dragon world of Bethesda the He. Th 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 going on than ven Bethesda knows and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance Heartstriker futures disappearing and. One Good Dragon Deserves Another