Renee (ruinrunner82) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 23-25

23. The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin
Linden Rathan is considered the last of the dragonlords, people who can change from human to dragon at will. Three dragonlords are called to settle a throne dispute in a nearby kingdom. Linden reluctantly goes as one of the three to keep the peace between two sides of a family. In between trying to figure out who murdered the queen, who is poisoning her young son, and which side of the family is willing to go to any lengths to have control of the kingdom, Linden meets Maurynna, who he believes is his soultwin - the person who holds the other half of his human and dragon self. The problem is, no new dragonlords have been sensed in over 600 years...
I really enjoyed this book. It's the first in a fantasy series by Joanne Bertin and she finds a new way to interpret the world of dragons. I like the concept of dragonlords and their soultwins. When it first came up in the book, I was put off by the idea, thinking it was going to be a sappy love story plotpoint. As the concept is explained, it is very complex. For the most part, soultwins are madly in love with each other. But, soultwins can also hate one another with a passion. After all, if someone truely hates themselves, how can they like the other half of themself? The book has a solid plot and enough action and mystery to keep you reading.

24. Dragon and Phoenix by Joanne Bertin
The sequel to The Last Dragonlord, several Dragonlords are called to the Land of the Phoenix, where they believe a dragon is being held captive as a source of magical power for the kingdom. The story of their resuce party is told in parallel to the story of the Phoenix Emperor and his mistress, who is determined to become Empress and plays a deadly game of politics and betrayal with the Emperor's head advisor.
Another solid story, Bertin really gets into the details of her world. I wuld recommend these books to any fans of fantasy fiction.

25. Blood Rites: Book 6 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Yet another marvelous entry in the Dresden saga. Again, I was completely enthralled from the first page, when Dresden has to rescue a litter of puppies from a band of monkey demons. Of course, in the magical world, even puppies aren't what they seem...
Dresden is hired to investigate the source of a deadly curse on Arturo Genosa, a director and producer in the adult film industry. Something is killing off the women in his life, in gruesome and unbelievable ways. In his investigation, Dresden uncovers a huge secret about his mother and makes an enemy of Mavra, an ancient and powerful vampire of the Black Court.
I love, love, LOVE this series!!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone read the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher? I've heard that it is VERY different from the Dresden files, but I love his writing style so much, I can't imagine him writing anything that bad.

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