When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn't part of any proper dragon's vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.
To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there's more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda's closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin's war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it.
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because there are so many amazing twists in this book, you will be holding onto each word. Beautiful performance by Vikas Adam, as usual. Every character is distinctly different, which is great because Rachel introduces us to more of the Heartstriker clan.
If you thought that presidential elections were stressful, just try to get a bunch of dragons to elect their new clan representative. Poor Julius just wants everyone to stop trying to kill each other.
I loved this book and I am biting my nails until the next one releases! Please, Bob, tell me when that will be!
Action, humor, plot. Actually, I'd need more words, because only three can't really contain all the awesome.
Marci and Chelsie's story lines. I loved finding out more about them and seeing them develop as characters, and I loved seeing Julius' relationships with both of them.
Everyone has a different, easily recognisable voice. I sometimes forgot that there was only one person narrating and not a full cast.
Julius being sad and Chelsie being the one trying to comfort him made me cry a little. It also made me smile because even when she's trying to do something different, she's still very much the person she is.
I never really expected the Heartstriker books to be so good. When I started with book 1, I expected a more or less generic urban fantasy with a "strong" female side character who needed constant rescuing, and a gritty setting where everyone was corrupt and the good guys just accepted it. Julius and Marci are the opposite of that.There is corruption yes, and power hungry, violent, terrible people. But it is NOT treated as something that's acceptable and inevitable, and I think that is one of the best things about this series.
This book leaves a lot of interesting/tantalizing questions open. I hope she writes even faster so we can have the next in the series! Vikas Adam is phenomenal as usual!
I'm pleasantly surprised that I have enjoyed each of the three books in this series equally and look forward to the author being able to keep up the quality. very enjoyable reading.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
A great combination of fantastic narration - or performance - and writing. The characters are given even more depth. I really enjoyed the entertainment this book provided.
Rachel Aaron spends time making well rounded characters that you want to care for whether they talk for two line or half the book, and since your deep in the third book everything is intense yet new. Love this book!
Proud Canadian who loves Jesus, Dogs, Country Music, Lilacs, Gregory Peck movies and audio-books with a HEA.
The narrator did an incredible job once again bringing the characters to life. I appreciate his attention to detail. His voices are consistent in all the books. This isn't always easy when narrating multiple books over a period of time.
The story certainly had some twists that were unexpected. I have a theory about the maternity and paternity of F clutch so I am looking forward to the next book.
Please focus on the sequel and write away.
Listening to this had me so giddy.
I found myself relating to almost every character, which surprised me.
Felt so many things, in so many ways.
I took off work, put my headphones on and listened.
A day later.. I found myself listening to the epilogue verbally and physically cheering.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great addition to the series. I will note that it picks up right on the heels of book #2 so I wouldn't try reading this without reading books 1 & 2 first (but the whole series is worth the read so go for it!).
After the overthrow of Bethesda in the previous book, Julius (and the siblings on his side) are faced with trying to find a third member for the council and trying to keep their mother from conniving her way around the council so she can take back the power that comes with being head of the clan. There are things constantly going on which is great for keeping the story interesting but it did make the Julius/Marcy aspect of the story a little distant in this book. The attraction is still strong between them and they both have intentions on making their relationship into more than friendship but with everything going on in this book....well, let's just say they don't have time right now.
While the whole Heartstriker clan business is going on, Julius has some other issues that confront him as well but most of his issues revolve around the clan and the new council they're trying to implement. It doesn't go easily and he has to fend off a number attempts on his life while trying to keep the rest of the clan in line. Since dragons tend to solve their issues with violence and think of their own advantage above all else, it's not easy to convince them that working together would actually be beneficial. Julius has success in his attempts but not without heavy costs to himself.
Marcy has some trouble she has to handle as well. This mostly revolves around her spirit, Ghost, and the fact that because of her connection to Ghost, she could possibly become the next Merlin (Merlin is actually a title for a Mage that is immensely stronger than other mages). A pair from the United Nations shows up to talk to the Heartstrikers about the fact that Algonquin (the powerful spirit that controls the DFZ) declared war on the dragons but they already know about Marcy when they arrive and make no bones about wanting to get to her. They have their reasons for being interested in Marcy but I had reservations about them from the beginning and those reservations appear to have been right. By the end of the story, Marcy ends up in some trouble which is directly related to the UN pair and I wasn't thrilled about it at all!
This story was so very enjoyable. I loved reading about the exploits of Julius, Marcy and the rest and I can't wait to read more. Since the story left some things a bit unfinished (particularly Marcy's part of the story) I hope the author writes quickly! So much happened in this book so I can't really complain but I just don't want to end and make me have to wait for more! There were a few points in the story that had me actually wondering how it would work out (believably) but the author managed to pull them all through so the story went on smoothly and in a fitting way. Overall, I was very pleased with this story and I love the characters. I'd definitely recommend this series. :D
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