Dragon Heart

Dragon Heart

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Where the Cape of Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, which is either haunted or simply alive. There in dwells the royal family that has ruled from time immemorial. But there is an empire growing in the East, and its forces have reached the castle. King Reymarro is dead in battle and, by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor's brothers. She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother. A second arrives, escorted by soldiers. While Marioza delays, her youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his mute twin, Tirza, who must be present for the wedding. As Jeon and Tirza return, their ship is attacked by a powerful dragon. Thrown into the water, Tirza clings to the dragon, and finds herself alone with the creature in an inland sea pool. Surprisingly, she is able to talk to the beast, and understand it. So begins a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 18mm | 249.48g
  • Starscape
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765337959
  • 9780765337955
  • 952,061

About Cecelia Holland

Cecelia Holland began writing at age 12 and focused on history because "being 12, I had precious few stories of my own." Her earlier novels Firedrake and Great Maria were New York Times bestsellers, and Holland's historical fiction is noted for her meticulous attention to detail.
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Review quote

"In a lesser author's hands, this would all be so much epic-fantasy boilerplate. But Holland imbues her tale with an elemental, archetypal magnificence that's heightened even further by her lush, Gothic atmosphere and mystique. Her sentences are exquisite, and she renders scenes of sex and death with poetic, visceral power." --NPR"Holland revisits the enthralling saga of Corban Loosestrife in this equally engaging sequel to The Soul Thief.Holland interweaves elements of romance, magic, and suspense into a superlative historical epic featuring a stoic hero often at odds with the all-powerful Viking warriors." --Booklist on The Witches' Kitchen"Holland's inspired combination of familial domesticity and political plotting changes moods neatly and repeatedly, managing to be cozy, horrific, and mythic by turns." --Publishers Weekly"In the hands of another writer--perhaps most other writers--Dragon Heart would be three times as long, but It wouldn't be nearly as knife-sharp as Holland's spare, tightly focused prose makes it." --Locus In a lesser author's hands, this would all be so much epic-fantasy boilerplate. But Holland imbues her tale with an elemental, archetypal magnificence that's heightened even further by her lush, Gothic atmosphere and mystique. Her sentences are exquisite, and she renders scenes of sex and death with poetic, visceral power. NPR Holland revisits the enthralling saga of Corban Loosestrife in this equally engaging sequel to The Soul Thief.Holland interweaves elements of romance, magic, and suspense into a superlative historical epic featuring a stoic hero often at odds with the all-powerful Viking warriors. Booklist on The Witches' Kitchen Holland s inspired combination of familial domesticity and political plotting changes moods neatly and repeatedly, managing to be cozy, horrific, and mythic by turns. Publishers Weekly In the hands of another writer perhaps most other writers Dragon Heart would be three times as long, but It wouldn t be nearly as knife-sharp as Holland s spare, tightly focused prose makes it. Locus"
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Rating details

183 ratings
2.83 out of 5 stars
5 6% (11)
4 19% (34)
3 37% (67)
2 30% (55)
1 9% (16)
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