The Dragon's Price: {ARC review}

Publication Date: February 21st, 2017
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Series: Transference #1
Source: ALAMW

When two warring kingdoms unified against a deadly menace laying waste to both their lands, they had to make a choice: vow to marry their heirs to one another, or forfeit their lives to the dragon. 

Centuries later, everyone expects the sheltered princess Sorrowlynn to choose the barbarian prince over the fire-breathing beast—everyone, that is, except Sorrow, who is determined to control her own destiny or die trying. 

As she is lowered into the dragon’s chamber, she assumes her life is over until Golmarr, the young prince she just spurned, follows her with the hopes of being her hero and slaying the dragon. But the dragon has a different plan. . . . 

If the dragon wins, it will be freed from the spell that has bound it to the cave for centuries. If Sorrow or Golmarr vanquish the dragon, the victor will gain its treasure and escape the cave beneath the mountain. But what exactly is the dragon hiding? 

There are no safe havens for Sorrow or Golmarr—not even with each other—and the stakes couldn’t be higher as they risk everything to protect their kingdom. 

This book was everything I could want in a fantasy. It had magic, dragons, a badass princess, and of course, a swoon worthy hero! 

I really liked Sorrowlynn. Just because she's a princess doesn't mean that her life was perfect. Her father, the King of Faodora, is abusive towards her. She was never allowed to leave her room unless he allowed it, and he beat her on multiple occasions. Her mother, the Queen, was indifferent towards Sorrow. The only mother she really knew was her nurse, who also dressed her everyday. It was also foretold that Sorrow would eventually kill herself, so that alienated everyone around her. They even called her "Suicide Sorrow." 

 Her choice to die rather than be wed to an enemy Prince was very brave. Most pampered princesses would never possess that much courage but Sorrow did.

Sorrow and Golmarr were very well matched. Golmarr was kind and gallant, the kind of man that any woman would want to fall in love with. I also loved Golmarr's family, especially his brothers.

I really enjoyed the story-whoever manages to kill a dragon, they will absorb the "treasure" that a dragon has, which is the knowledge from every person or animal that had been eaten.

Some reviews have mentioned insta-love. I personally did not see their romance as instant. Sorrow had been raised to think that Golmarr's people were brutal barbarians, and that is what she believed for a while. They started off as enemies, and begrudgingly had to become closer in order to survive. Yes, they only spent a few days together, but in those days they faced life and death, and also learned more about each other. Sorrow learned that his people were not the brutal barbarians that she had been taught to fear, and Golmarr learned that she wasn't another spoiled and helpless princess.

The pace was fairly quick for a fantasy, which I like. I don't usually enjoy books that just drag out the entire book. With The Dragon's Price, there was never a dull moment.

I really couldn't find anything wrong with this book. It kept me reading from beginning to end, and the ending was so frustrating because it needed to happen, but I need book two ASAP! I am definitely looking forward to see where this series goes.


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