Review: Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is…moreWilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.
Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.
In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.
DRAGONSWOOD is an exciting and magical YA that draws you right in. The dragons, fey, and other mystical creatures are unique and mysterious and are sure to keep readers interested, though the characters may drive you crazy! Carey’s writing has some magic of its own, weaving a hypnotic spell on the reader that keeps you reading, even if the story lulls in a few places. DRAGONSWOOD is not at all a perfect novel, yet I will say that Carey knows how to tell an enchanting story!
Tess is the driving force of my complaints. While at first I felt sorry for her situation, her attitude caught me off guard and irritated me. There were so many instances where I knew I was supposed to forgive her for her misgivings, but in the end I just couldn’t. She came off as whiny, annoying, and a tad pathetic. I understand why she was upset at herself for some things, but I just wanted her to get over it and move on like other characters did. I wish I would have enjoyed Tess as a protagonist more.
The myths and mythical creatures in the story kept me reading even when I wanted to put the book down because of Tess. The dragons and fey fascinated me and I gobbled up everything that was revealed about them. The historical setting adds to the plot and fuels the book along. I am so glad that I don’t live in a time when people run amok, accusing all these innocent girls of being witches. Talk about frightening!
The romance is kind of a romance but kind of not. I’m not really sure how to describe it, but it is extremely slow moving and I wasn’t really happy with how things went along. I was an immediate fan of Garth, but there wasn’t really any chemistry between him and Tess. Don’t go into DRAGONSWOOD looking for a timeless romance.
Even though I have complaints about DRAGONSWOOD, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. Carey is has a way with words and her descriptions bring scenes to life from the pages. I will definitely consider reading more from her in the future.