The Color of Dragons by R.A. Salvatore and Erika Lewis
Publication Date: October 19, 2021
Summary from Goodreads:
Magic needs a spark.
And Maggie’s powers are especially fickle. With no one to help her learn to control her magic, the life debt that she owes stretches eternally over her head, with no way to repay it.
Until she meets Griffin, the king’s champion infamous for hunting down the draignochs that plague their kingdom.
Neither has any idea of the destiny that they both carry, or that their meeting will set off a chain of events that will alter every aspect of the life they know—and all of history thereafter.
It took me awhile to get into this book, but once I did I just couldn’t put it down. My initial issues with it were totally on me and on this weird reading space I was in, so I am not holding that against the beginning of this book. The book in retrospect should have drawn me in from the start, but for whatever reason it just didn’t. But I think if you are into medieval typy fantasies this will not be an issue for you.
The story is told through both Maggie’s and Griffin’s perspectives and I found both of them to be wonderful and engaging characters. They have both had their hardships growing up, but both were able to overcome them to make something of themselves. Maggie discovers that she has magic, that was hidden from her by a curse. It was a really cool type of magic too with it’s basis being the moon. Hard to explain simply but it was really cool. Griffin had spent his life learning how to fight draignochs, and he was good at it. Becoming champion for the King and befriending the prince was everything he wanted in life until Maggie came along.
There are quite a few secondary characters that are just as fleshed out as the main characters. I particularly liked Sybil and Malcolm, who are the siblings of the princes fiance. They ended up being way better than you are first led to believe. Prince Jori was someone I initially liked but grew to not trust throughout the story. Then there was Petal, Maggie’s maid in the castle. She was such a sweet thing and really wanted to help Maggie.
There is a lot of injustice in this world, the king is not a very benevolent one, and there are a lot of nasty and mean people at court that want to change the status quo. There is a lot of court politics and there are time when you think you know what is going on, but then something happens and your thoughts are totally blown out of the water. Even I was pretty surprised at some of what went down towards the end.
The writing is beautifully well done, with lovely descriptions of the world and the thoughts and feelings of the two main characters. The pacing started off a little bit slow, but certainly picked up quickly and then never stopped until the end. The end was not at all what I was expecting, and it was slightly open ended, enough that if the authors want to continue with another book in this world they can.
This was a solid fantasy with lots of good characters, nice friendships, a romance that never overshadowed the main story, lots of good action and a few dragons thrown in (although there could have been more) then this is a story that you should give a chance.