Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons by Katie MacAlister

Even an ancient dragon can learn how to multitask…

Ysolde de Bouchier is a woman beset with trials. The dragon part of her buried deep for centuries is still making itself known, but in ways that just don’t make sense. She’s continuing to have visions, but now they involve events she wasn’t present to witness.

As if that isn’t enough, she’s caught up in a tangled web of plans that seem to grow more complex each day. Not only does she have to work out peace between her Light Dragon mate Baltic and the weyr, she also has to free his friend, convince an archimage to lift the spell controlling her magic, figure out what it is that the First Dragon expects her to do, rescue a half-dragon damsel in over her head, and once and for all clear Baltic’s name of murder charges that continue to plague him.

No one told Ysolde that dragon love would be so hard…

Maybe I don't read the Dark Ones books as consistently as I used but MacAlister is still hitting it out of the park with her Dragon series. Starting with her Aisling Grey set she's created a great cast of characters, each with their own personality and back story. Plus as different characters come to the fore front and take charge in their series, the world as a whole just gets more rich and more entertaining.

My only complaint would have to be how a lot of the books seem to have pseudo cliff-hangery endings. Things generally get wrapped up but lots of new things get introduced as well, pretty much guaranteeing that I'm not going anywhere before that next book comes out.

Ysolde and Batlic are a great couple to read about. Both of them have their insecurities and hiccups, but bother are committed to staying together (especially after how they've both been killed and resurrected). I consider the story smart, the dialogue fun, and the scenes together hilarious and sweet - with a good dose of spice. I highly recommend the books and I love that Aisling and May continue to make regular appearances. With that said though, full enjoyment of the series can only really come I think by first reading the Aisling Grey books, then the Silver Dragon series, and then these two.

But as I'm not sentencing you to read anything that is long and boring, why don't you just take your butt over to the public library and see that I'm right? ;)

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - 1) Love in the Time of Dragons 2) The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons