Review: The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

Posted March 7, 2017 in Review / 14 Comments

Review: The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

The Dragon's Price

Series: Transference #1
by Bethany Wiggins
Published by Random House, Crown Books for Young Readers on February 21st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Fantasy Well Written YA Romance

Call me simple but I love the young adult fantasy genre.  Give me a well planned plot with tremendous world building, don’t make it more than 400 pages long because I have a short attention span, and I’m in heaven.  The reason why I sometimes choose young adult fantasy over adult fantasy is that the subject matter is a little more on the lighter side, the story gets to the point faster, doesn’t roam (think Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series 😉 ), and rarely am I left confused by endings.

The Dragon’s Price was exactly everything I love young adult fantasy.  I quickly raced through this tale of adventure, love, and family.  And despite having a somewhat cliffy ending, I was completely satisfied when I was done reading.  I’m actually kind of confused why this book doesn’t have a higher Goodreads rating.  I think this book would be a solid recommendation for any teen reader and young adult library book shelf.  Here’s why…

Princess Sorrowlynn of Faodara is the fourth and last daughter of Queen Felicitia.  It is her turn to be offered to the Antharian King’s family as a wife for their heir.  If both sides accept, Sorrow will go to live with the “barbarians” who battle their neighbors on a regular basis and their women ride horses astride.  Since Sorrow has spent her entire life in her castle room, never allowed to leave for fear of upsetting the Queen, Sorrow fears these different people.

So when it comes time to choose, fire breathing dragon or a strange new life, Princess Sorrowlynn does not have an easy decision to make.

From the very first page, Sorrow’s story is intense.  We learn within the first two pages that her family life sucks eggs and it has since the day she was born.  And honestly, it’s all some dumb wizard’s fault.  I blame the wizard…

But back to the story.  There is a dragon and his secret treasure, a witch I don’t trust, and OH, a hot love interest!  I had no idea, looking at the book cover, that this story had as much of a love story in it that it had.  I adored the sappiness, the genuineness, and in this day and age, how unexpectedly happy it was.  I was kind of glad the love story wasn’t angsty because I was concentrating on the adventure part of the story and I didn’t want to get distracted between the two.

That leads me to the world building.  The geek in me loved the new take on dragons.  I’m eager to read the next book and hopefully meet more dragons.  And I hope we meet the “gypsy” warriors again in the next book.  As for the kingdoms we’ve met already, they are standard fantasy fiefdoms so nothing new there.  But there are a ton of unanswered questions about some of the more “supernatural” characters and what their motives are.  (mwah wah whah whah)

About Bethany Wiggins

Bethany Wiggins is the author of Stung and Shifting. She started writing on a dare and dove headfirst into the world of writerly madness. She lives in the desert with her husband, four quirky kids, and two very fluffy cats. Wiggins has always been an avid reader, but not an avid student. Seriously! She failed ninth grade English because she read novels instead of doing her homework. In high school, she sat alone at lunch and read massive hardback fantasy novels (Tad Williams and Robert Jordan anyone?). It wasn’t until the end of her senior year that the other students realized she was reading fiction.

 

Kristin

About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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14 responses to “Review: The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins

  1. You know I like YA fantasy too but don’t find a lot of it, or maybe I’m not looking hard enough, but yeah… the adult fantasy these days seems to have a minimum 800 page count or something lol. I’m kinda tired of that. This sounds new and fresh! I may give this one a try.
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  2. Now I’m curious about the fresh dragon concept. I haven’t read YA in a while, mostly because of the teen angst it has. Understandable but I’m too old and grumpy to tolerate it anymore. Lol

  3. Awesome review, Kristin.
    It’s been a long time since the last time I read YA fantasy/paranormal genres. If I’m not mistaken I think it was since twilight and the titles I don’t remember anymore. After more than a year reading contemporary romance, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine fantasy worlds anymore, which is a shame. 🙁
    I’m planning to try different genres in the future to avoid reading slumps. So I’ll check this out. Thanks for sharing, Kristin. 😀
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