Tuesday 28 July 2015

Soul of Smoke (Dragonsworn #1) by Caitlyn McFarland

Book Blurb (from Goodreads):
On a hike deep in the Rocky Mountains, Kai Monahan watches as a dozen dragons—actual freaking dragons—battle beneath a fat white moon. When one crashes nearly dead at her feet and transforms into a man, Kai does the only thing a decent person could: she grabs the nearest sword and saves his life.

As the dragon/man, Rhys, recovers from the attack, a chance brush of skin against skin binds him inextricably to Kai. Becoming heartsworn to a human—especially such a compelling one—is the last thing Rhys wants. But with an ancient enemy gathering to pit dragons against humanity and his strength nearly depleted, Kai has just become the one thing Rhys needs. A complete bond will give him the strength to fight; a denied bond means certain death.

Kai is terrified at the thought of allowing any dragon into her mind…or her heart. Accepting the heartswearing and staying with the dragons means sacrificing everything, and Kai must decide if her freedom is worth risking Rhys's life—a life more crucial to the fate of humanity than she could possibly know.

My Review

***I received the eBook free as a review copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

I really loved this book!
There were several reasons as to why I wanted to read this book. First of all, I loved the book blurb and the descriptions. The cover also looks amazing. Lastly, I can't resist a book that has something to do with dragons and magic.
This fantasy book is blending reality with dragons. A young woman, Kai Monahan, goes on a hike and saves a girl called Deryn. Kai brought her to her camp and gets caught up in a war between dragons. While hiding out, things get complicated when she gets heartsworn with Rhys, one of the dragons.
This was a really amazing book. There was plenty of action and the world-building was set at a good pace, it wasn't too slow or too fast. The world itself is also very interesting and I was intrigued by it. I just really felt that the plot was very repetitive and too focused on the heartswearing part. I am fully aware of the fact that the genre description also said that it was romance, but it  was way too repetitive and obsessive at times. Besides that it was really enjoyable.
I'll say right off the bat that some of the characters were pretty annoying. I could hardly empathize with Kai, the main character. I mean, I can understand some of her reasons for rejecting the heartswearing, but it was really annoying that she was too stubborn for her own good. After all that passed though, I started to warm up to Kai. Juli took annoying to a whole new level, but I did warm up to her as well after a while. When she refused to believe in dragons though, she seemed like such a know-it-all and it was just soooo frustrating! My favourite character was Cadoc because he was really nice to Kai and had a funny attitude.
This book left me wanting to have more. I absolutely loved this book, the only downside was all the repetition and that the characters were annoying at first. I definitely want to read the next book in the series and see what else is going to happen and see the relationship between Rhys and Kai grow.
Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!


  1. Ooo this has such a pretty cover and the blurb looks really interesting - I haven't read enough books about dragons yet :D You mentioning the repetitive plot is kind of iffy for me. I'm a big believer in originality and if it's not really 'different' then it bores me to tears. Maybe I'll give it a shot though because of the dragons :) Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. Thank you! It was a really good book though, I really enjoyed it and recommend you to read it.
      The plot was only repetitive in a sense that Kai felt drawn to Rhys and when she was just about to accept the heartswearing, something comes up and holds her back.