Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens.
Tess, daughter of a blacksmith, has visions of the future, but she still doesn’t expect to be accused of witchcraft, forced to flee with her two best friends, or offered shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman, a warden for Dragonswood. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise and Tess soon learns that her true father was fey, making them the center of an exciting, romantic adventure, and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between all three races – dragon, human, and fairy.
— Goodreads.com description
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey is a must-read for all fans of fantasy. My friend Heidi loved it, and we definitely have similar taste, so I knew I had to give it a go. Thankfully, she’s the most generous person ever, so she sent me a copy!
And, well, it was so good it inspired some ALL CAPS texting. Which, for me, is the sign of greatness.
Unbridled enthusiasm, y’all! I censored the spoilers in my text, but I will say you’ll probably guess them in advance. Some of the foreshadowing was a little strong, so I saw the big plot points coming.
But who cares! The journey to figuring them out was so captivating I was invested in the story every point of the way.
Anyway, Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey is a thrilling fantasy read that included witches, dragons and fairies, but didn’t “overdo” it at all. You know what I mean? When it’s like so fairy-licious that you’re sort of like, “Oh, man, I’m a nerd, but still this is too much for me.” I never had that with this book at all. It read more as a fairy tale than anything else, equal parts sweeping and scary.
And Garth! Oh Garth! Amaaaaaazing, despite the name Garth. It’s definitely a book you should check out.