Wed, April 4, 2012

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey Book Review

Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey book cover

By Janet Lee Carey
Publication date: Jan. 5, 2011
Dial, 416 pages
Source: A gift from Heidi, a saint of a friend
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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.

— 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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Gabbi Calabrese said:

    Bahahaha loooove the texting picture! I think I have this book so it’s good to see that you like it 🙂 Great review!


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  2. Jac @ For Love and Books said:

    So, you liked it? LOL!

    I’m not a big fan of the name Garth – but otherwise? You’ve convinced me that I need to put Dragonswood on my request list at the library!!


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  3. Tamara said:

    sounds good, i hope it is


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  4. elena said:

    I’ve seen this book around but didn’t think much about. Now after this, it’s definitely on my TBR! FANTASY! Also, I’m glad they didn’t overdo it and love love that you said it reads as a fairy tale. Fairytale is pretty much the magic word with me! I can’t wait to meet Garth. Fantastic review, Anna!


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  5. April books & Wine said:

    I am forever a fantasy fan. So um? Calling all fans of fantasy makes my ears perk up. I’m def going to read this book in the not too distant future!


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  6. A. Knight said:

    Ok, ID MOTHER EFFING K why I haven’t read this book. I adore fantasy. Like obsessively. And this bad boy has been sitting in my kindle for WEEKS. I’m going to find time to read it this week. SPRING BREAK FOR ME, bby!! Thanks for the solid recommendation, Anna, because this is right up my alley.


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  7. Cat @ Beyond Books said:

    I so wish I had discovered your blog before I met you at BEA… I would have loved to have known this was FANTASY! GAH! Must buy it now. I might have bought books yesterday and not mean to.. but what’s one more, right?


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  8. Annie said:

    You make this sound so good. I keep coming across books like this where Goodreads is no help (low ratings etc).


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