2018 has been kind enough to introduce me to some amazing books and authors. Two such books Kingdom of Ash and Soot and its sequel Prince of Secrets and Shadows by the incredibly lovely C.S. Johnson. Now here is my review of her most recent release – One Flew Through the Dragon Heart!
Author: C.S. Johnson
Genre: Historical Fiction – Fantasy – Romance
Age Classification: Adult
Publisher: C.S. Johnson
Format: Kindle E-book
Release: December 21, 2018
An interesting and enjoyable historical, steam-punk story full of magic, dragons, legends, history, friendship, family, loyalty and love.
Brixton Flew is a kind-hearted young man working as a professor at Rembrandt Academy. He also has a knack for getting himself trouble, especially when it comes to Adelaide Favan. When the girl who broke his heart returns and is wrapped up in a dangerous plot, Brix helps her with hopes that he can keep her safe.
Adelaide is cursed. All Ada wants is to be in control her power so she willingly helps her great-grandmother’s plan. There is a kind soul in there but the curse has left her guarding her heart.
There are other great characters, such as Brix’s adventurous sister Luella and Ada’s moody cousin Jiahao, but I do not feel like I got to know them as well as I would have liked. Still, I think Luella is my favourite character with her compassion, strength and talent for dramatic performances that prove to be both useful and impressive.
Another “character” I want to mention is Ticker. Ticker is a watch that Brix created and continues to power with a magic loop. Ticker is polite and sarcastic making him a delightful addition to the story.
The book flowed pretty well, even with the few flashback scenes as they helped fill in the gaps of Brixton and Adelaide’s history. There were a few elements I was not fond of, such as a disregard for another’s feelings and that so many people seem to be manipulating others. However, there are plenty of great things about the book that made up for those. The plot involved hunting down dragon eyes, creating a heart for a mecha dragon, colour magic and links to the Guy Fawkes plot. As such, I was intrigued by the plot, enjoyed learning about this world and am interested to see where this storyline leads.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Have you read any steampunk novels? If so, let me know your recommendations in the comment section!
Until next time bibliophiles!