Published by Createspace Independent Pub on February 17, 2016
Series: The Dragon Kings #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: eARC from Author
Seventeen-year-old Aspen is a skydiving, rock climbing, adrenaline junky. All her life, she’s been fascinated by the dragons who roam near her home in Yellowstone Park. Yes, Dragons. Though no human has ever gotten close enough to touch one.
While most people avoid the national parks because of the resident dragons, Aspen spends most of her free time in search of the feared and misunderstood creatures. For her, studying the dragons is a way to escape a painful past and avoid getting too close to anyone.
She’d rather track dragons in the wild and through the lens of her camera than talk to real people. But then Aspen meets a hot new guy at school, Sid King. He’s the one person she’s ever met who shares her obsession with all things dragon. But even as she feels strangely drawn to the mysterious boy, she senses he’s hiding his own set of dark and powerful secrets.
When hikers start turning up dead in the park, everyone suspects the formidable predators. Unless Aspen can prove their innocence, every one of her beloved dragons is in danger of eradication.
After Aspen and Sid uncover a sinister plot behind the brutal attacks, Aspen can no longer deny that Sid somehow knows more about the deaths than he should and the secrets they both keep threaten to rip their lives apart forever.
Obsidian is the first in a new, young adult series called The Dragon kings by Kimberly Loth. I loved Obsidian. I find Dragons to be fascinating creatures, and I loved that this was a fantasy and magical realism book. It takes place in our world, but with one major difference…dragons are real and can be spotted all over the place. That sounds both amazing and terrifying.
Obsidian is told in dual narrative between Obsidian (or Sid) the dragon king, and Aspen. Each dragon king is made to spend 10 years as a human before he can take the throne. In that time he has to complete a whole set of tasks, left from all of the dragons before him. I really liked that each dragon added an item or two to the list. (it will be really interesting to see what Obsidian decides to add at the end of his 10 year, as a side note.) Obsidian waits until he is about 500 years old to start his 10 years as a human. He doesn’t want to be king. He honestly just wants to be left alone, but that is not the future for him. I found Obsidian to be a really interesting character. I loved his fascination with Aspen, and I loved getting inside his head.
Aspen is much more interested in dragons than people. I loved learning about her backstory with the dragons and why she admired them so much. Aspen has friends, but no one really understands her and her love for the winged creatures like she wants…until Sid. It was so much fun trying to watch Sid break down the steel barriers that Aspen had constructed around herself to keep him at a distance. There were many times when I thought it was going to be impossible for him to win her over. But that fun is better left for you to discover when you read Obsidian.
I cannot wait for the second book in the series. This is going to be a great one, I can already tell. I love the lore behind the Dragons, and Sid and Aspen have completely stolen my heart. I have no idea how they are going to make it work, or even if they will be able to at all, but I am dying to find out. This story does end on one heck of a cliffhanger, and I have no clue how they are going to worm their way out of this one, but Kimberly Loth has certainly captured my attention. Obsidian is a must read series for me now.
Bottom line: if you like dragons or fantasy, or magical realism Obsidian is a book that should be on your radar. It has great characters, a great story line, awesome dragons, and a really sweet romance. Something for everyone. It is a quick read that you should not miss.
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