Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 18 hours and 9 minutes (468 pages)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: October 13, 2015
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Heartstrikers series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
“After barely escaping 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 more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one.
Now that he’s got an in with 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 more going on than even Bethesda knows.
Heartstriker futures are disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter is closing in. Now, with his most powerful family members dropping like flies, it’s up to Julius to save the family that never respected him and prove once and for all that the world’s worst dragon is the very best one to have on your side.”
This is the second book in the Heartstrikers series. I really ended up enjoying it. There is great world-building, fun characters, and an interesting storyline.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook narration is very well done. This is a book I would definitely recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
I love the characters in this book. Julius is smart and conniving but just so nice to everyone; he is so nice that it makes him completely unpredictable to other dragons. Then there is Marci the extremely competent mage with a strange ghostly cat; watching Marci fangirl over dragons is hilarious.
There is a lot of action in here and some pretty awesome developments in the story as well. We get to spend a lot more time with Julius’s siblings. One of the highlights of the story is meeting Bethesda’s heir Amelia, she is hilarious and powerful and adds so much to the story.
We also get to learn a lot more about the Fangs of the Heartstriker and there is a lot of story development around Ghost, Marci’s ghostly cat. Pretty much everything that was awesome in the first book just gets more awesome in this one.
Overall this was a wonderful continuation of this series and I super excited about where the story is going. This series has been a wonderful balance of action, a twisty plot, great world-building, engaging characters, and awesome magic. I plan on continuing with the series and am really enjoying it! I would recommend to those who enjoy light-hearted urban fantasy. This series is a lot of fun to read!
This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
– Audiobook Reading Challenge
– You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge
– Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
– Paranormal Reading Challenge