A combat warrior will risk everything to awaken the dragons and save her kingdom
If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.
Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training―and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.
As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more.
Here’s the Tea:
It was a good story.
At first I really, really liked it. Strong, kickass literary (and real life!) females are awesome! And I have no complaints with Rain, she was great. She was vulnerable, strong, dependent and independent when necessary. I think my biggest problems were her supporting characters with the exception of the dragon, LOVED the dragon.
The story itself is a great idea, girl-goes-to-war-to-protect-her-family-starts-hearing-a-dragon-in-her-head-thanks-to-a-powder-from-a-possibly-crazy-lady, love it I’m here for it, although with the exception of the main character dressing as a guy I didn’t really get Twelfth Night vibes from this book, more Mulan feels to me, which is great, Mulan is awesome!
And the big bad kind of fizzled out. I was expecting this impervious, abominable bad guy and he only got like two minutes of air time, that kind of bothered me.
I’m giving this one three toadies. I liked it, but I think it had potential to be better.
Favorite aspect of the book:
That cover is wondrous!
Do you plan on reading or have already read Stormrise? Let me know all about it!