For the Memory of Dragons by Julie Wentzel
When I first picked up this book, I didn’t know much about the author or the story. It was a fantasy, mystery, and romance; those elements were enough to intrigue me. The fact that there were dragons (one of my favorite fantasy creatures) was an added benefit.
The novel is a sequel to On the Wings of Accidental Dragons, but I did not need to read the prior novel to enjoy this one. Wetzel has created a world where dragons and humans co-exist, although very few humans actually have interactions with dragons on a daily basis. They are more likely to be seen in news reports than in person. Wetzel has thought through the dragon culture and the interaction with human society to great effect. The book would be fun to read even just for that aspect.
But the reader gets a great deal more than just a world inhabited by dragons. The story is told between the shifting perspectives of Alex, the dragon who has lost his memory, and Terra, the woman who rescues him after he crash lands on her farm. Their developing relationship drives the story forward, and the mystery that they need to solve amps up the crisis factor. These two elements combined make this an enjoyable read.
There is a lot of sexual tension in this book as well as humor and brooding dragons. There are some really exciting twists and some gripping issues about identity are explored. Particularly readers get some indication of what it means to be both human and dragon. The interior relationship is complex and fascinating to explore; when you stir sexual attraction and a potential mate into the mix, it becomes even more gripping.
I would advise picking up this novel when you have time to read—you will not want to put it down until you’ve finished the story.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a fair and timely review.
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