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To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

©2017 Rachel Aaron (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • MVF
  • Alabama
  • 01-28-18

interesting--but...

I have been following the series since it began- has a great new world....I did enjoy the World building, and some of the characters. who wouldn't love a nice dragon?

but, the characters also frustrated me. I found it tedious at times. There was a lot of conversation in order to pass on a lot of information-explanations of how magic works ( too much info at times), why things were happening and so on. Many times there was a repeat of information that we, the reader, already knew-- to the point that it frustrated me and made the story a heck of a lot longer than it needed to be.

I grew tired of Julius's (dragon and hero) pacifistic stance. There were times even I rolled my eyes at his speeches and interventions. I have to admit, the author did keep true to him. I am not sure that I'm going to continue with this series but I'm glad I read at least the first two books.

The narrator is exceptional and a gifted artist. He was able to vary the voices. How he read the story made it incredibly enthralling even when it was extremely boring at times --now that is a gift.

The author Rachel Aaron, is an exceptional writer and Storyteller. Just because I didn't particularly care for this book doesn't mean I wouldn't read any more of her books. In fact, I have her on my radar now and I will probably pick up more of her stories.

I sort of recommend this book but that's my opinion if you like the first three it is good to get this book just so you can see the continuation.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Elisabeth
  • STANTON, CA, United States
  • 09-30-17

A new favorite dragon, Fredrick!

First off, a freaking cliffhanger. This story starts off right after the events of the last book. The characters are spread out and there are multiple story lines.
There is Julius' story. He is back at Heartstriker Mountain having a showdown with the Chinese dragons, but it's Julius the pacifist, so any showdown involves a lot of talking. There is finally going to be a resolution for Chelsea as 'what happened in China' doesn't stay in China any longer. Some new characters enter the narrative. First, there are the Chinese dragons. Also, Fredrick comes into his own and takes a leading role. Fredrick the officious butler becomes rather awesome.
There is the POV that follows Marci's story. This is the weakest part of the book as this story line moves slowly with much exposition. Though there is a hilarious reunion that takes place.
Bob, the 'twisty in more ways than one' seer, has a much smaller story line as he goes about wreaking havoc and presumably saving the world.
With so many characters and so much going on, the separated characters need separate POVs. There are a lot of questions answered. Is Amelia really dead? What of Bob's treachery? Why was the F-clutch sealed and treated like servants? Does Marci become a Merlin?
This addition was a little weaker than the previous books, but it is still one of the best UF series' out there. The world building is interesting. The characters are really fun. The books are 'laugh out loud' funny. I'll hate to see this series end.
The narration by Vikas Adam is always terrific. He is perfect for this series. That said, he had some mispronunciations, and his female characters are starting to get a bit too shrill. I think he could dial that back a bit.

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A uniquely creative world with an awesome voice

I say this for all the books when I say,
Despite some minor issues, this world is flourishing, creative and full of charm. I love the characters and the incredible uniqueness of events. Vikas only furthers seal the deal with his wide array of voices that truly bring this world to life. It wouldn't be the same without him.
I'm ready to continue to the definitely thrilling conclusion.

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Another good one

Loved this book as I’ve loved all the previous ones! The characters are a tad annoying because of all the inner monologues and then the immense amount of dialogue that gets to be overkill but the amazingness of the story and the world on top of Vikas Adam’s masterful ability to bring it all to life makes for a wonderful listening experience. Highly recommend!

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Plot building

Wow, so good! So many plot elements tied together and built upon that it's a level above previous books plot wise. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Mike
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 11-14-17

Let Down, Thought This Book Would End Series

But no, author spent 3/4 of it making listener's learn the altruistic natures of ALL the characters. Then making the bad guy, or girl in this case, not so bad. The first two books sucked me in, the third held my attention, but number 4 had me hitting fast forward so many times. Ughhh!

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  • Alan
  • Sewaren, NJ, United States
  • 10-26-17

Fantastic series - fantastic performer

The series grew better and better as the installments were published.
The reader vikas adam had as many different voices as the legendary mel blanc.

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Love this series.

The only criticism that comes to mind is this book is too short. I cant wait for the next one.

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still a strong storyline - love the reader!

I stumbled on the series and liked the plot but what kept me coming back was the reading performance. I always buy the next one through kindle but wait to start until audible has it too. excellent.

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  • Eileen
  • ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
  • 09-21-17

It just keeps getting better!

I'm a fan of everything Rachel Aaron/Bach writes, and this latest entry into the fantastic Heartstrikers series is no exception. Each book builds on the previous one, and the story just keeps getting better and better.

After the harrowing cliffhanger of No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, we pick up right where we left off, and the action and suspense does not let up for even a second. What happens to Marci? Is Amelia really dead? Will Julius go mad with grief before he figures out What Happened In China? Will Chelsie ever reunite with her lost love and finally be happy?! What are the Nameless Ends? WHAT IS BOB'S ENDGAME?!?!

I'm happy to say all but one of those questions is answered in spectacular fashion in A Dragon of a Different Color. This book actually had me clapping, fist pumping, and cheering out loud at parts, and holding my breath in fear at others. Get ready to feel ALL OF THE FEELINGS as Vikas Adam puts in the best performance of his audiobook career yet.

If you are a fan of fantasy, action, magic, dragons, or any combination thereof, start at the beginning with this series - you will not regret it.

I would give this 10 stars if I could. Rachel has set us up for one hell of a finale in Book 5, and I cannot wait.






(one minor complaint: I'm not sure how audiobook production works, but if there was a director or editor involved, someone really should have caught the mispronunciation of the very common Japanese name "Abe." I cringed every time it was pronounced the same way as Abe as in Abe Lincoln.)

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-17

amazing..loved every second of each book

just gets better and better..amazing author..what a great series..even better than eli which I also loved