The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
Summary from Netgalley:
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.
This book was amazing! It certainly turns the idea of what treasure a dragon is really hoarding on its rear. I certainly didn’t see that coming! Sorrowlynn is a great heroine as well. Even though she was sheltered and not allowed to do much growing up, when it counts she is not afraid to step up and do what needs to be done. Golmarr is great too, although he can be a bit too much of the hero. There were some parts that were predictable, especially the ending, but the book on the whole was mesmerizing.
I’ve been seeing a lot on other book blogs about realism in fantasy novels. Such as when people are on long journeys they should mention how bad everyone smells and how hungry they are, etc. I agree with most of them on that fact although I am willing to forgive much for the sake of the plot moving along. I’m happy to say that this book does a nice job of staying realistic, especially when Sorrow and Golmarr are in the dragon’s cave with no food or water. They are in there for days and Sorrow, who’s our narrator, mentions the thirst and hunger as well as how dirty she is often. I also found it amusing when Sorrow tries to stay “proper” in front of Golmarr, but soon gives that up in the face of their hardships.
An amazing start to what I am sure is going to be a great trilogy. Here is a book trailer from the author for the book.