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Thursday, 6 January 2011
Love In The Time Of Dragons
By Katie MacAlister
This book was a pleasure to read, but it’s quite hard to describe. It’s a tale with fantastical and historical themes, but also with one foot in a world that seems very real and characters that feel very contemporary.
A lot of its success is dependent on the strength and likability of the two main characters.
Tully Sullivan finds herself sucked out of her normal and everyday life into a world where everyone else is trying to convince her that, not only is she really called Ysolde de Bouchier, but also that she is in fact a dragon. Needless to say, this is not something she readily accepts.
She comes face to face with her dragon mate – Baltic, and a large part of the novel is devoted to exploring their relationship in a way that keeps you wondering about its exact nature to the end. Baltic is a great character complex and dangerous, but also immensely attractive.
Tully also has to unpick the events of the past to find out why the other dragons want to sentence her to death, and what Baltic has done to annoy everyone.
The novel has a mix of fantasy, drama, adventure and humour that works really well.
I understand that this book follows on from some others written by Katie MacAlister which feature some of the same characters, so if you are keen on this genre I would recommend checking those out as well.
Reviewed by Helen M Hunt
This book was kindly provided to Bookersatz for review by the publisher.