Published by Amelia Wood on March 12, 2022
Steel and vengeance…
Ember Ignis, the heir of House Draco, knows hatred. She’s grown up in it, reveled in it, under the watchful eye of her mother, Lady Verity. Second only in power to the royal family, Ember and Verity are practically untouchable.
That is, of course, until Verity goes missing, leaving Ember scrambling to find her mother as rumors of a powerful rebel group spread. Armed only with rumors and the assistance of a lesser son from a low house, she is willing to cleave the world apart to get her mother back.
All the while, the crown prince of House Phoenix, Asher Cinis, struggles with a crushing addiction that dulls the abuse he endures at his mother’s hands. He prepares to flee, to abandon duty and honor- until Juniper Farley, a new servant at the palace, steps into his life and sees him beyond the crown.
As Ember races to find her mother before the consequences turn deadly, and Asher struggles to choose between his head and his heart, they find enemies lurking in every corner, and that the brightest smiles hide the darkest secrets.
The Dragon Heir is the first book in a young adult fantasy series by the same name from author Amelia Wood. This book was a fast and intriguing read. It probably ranks somewhere between a 3.5 read and 4 star read for me, but I am into the series and plot and I can’t wait to continue on with the book.
In The Dragon Heir we enter a world with several powerful ruling families. Outside of the ruling families, everyone else in the kingdom seems to be considered a “have-not” there is a very stark power, money and resource divide between the Royal families, ruling families and then everyone else. Our main characters of the story are Prince Asher of House Phoenix, Lady Ember of House Draco (the second most powerful house) and Viper from House Serpens (one of the lower ruling families). I will admit that I did not take a quick liking to Ember. I found her to be very haughty and rude. I did appreciate her character arc as the story went on and I can’t wait to see what is in store for her in the next book, but she took a while to grow on me. My favorite character was Viper.
Ember is very into her status of next to rule House Draco. She wants to be Queen and she believes she deserves to be queen even more than Asher deserves to be King. But when several heads of houses go missing, including Ember’s mother, she sets out to try and figure out who took them and why. It was this mystery plot that kept my attention the most in the story. I loved being kept on my toes as we tried to piece together what was going on.
Overall, if you are a fan of fast paced young adult fantasy with a mystery and quest, then I think you will enjoy The Dragon Heir. I liked this book and I can’t wait to continue on with the series.