Court of Dragons (Dragon Isle Wars, Book 1) – Frost Kay [ARC Review]

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

As a daughter of the Dragon Court, Wren knows three truths: never show weakness, pay the tithe, and never trust the elves.

When the enemy strikes on the eve of her wedding, Wren has no choice but to fight. Captured, she’s dragged before the elvish king and given two choices.

Death or marriage.

She submits, biding her time as she plots and spies, determined to strike at the heart of the elvish royalty and take back her family’s throne once more. But the more time she spends with her dangerous and achingly handsome husband, she finds herself wavering.

Only the strong survive the hash moors of the Dragon Isles, and she can’t afford to question her loyalties, leaving only one final choice.

Strike hard and fast. Never waver. It’s his heart or hers.

Review:

Huge thank you to Book of Matches Media & Frost Kay for sharing this e-arc with me. The following honest review reflects my experience reading Court of Dragons! 

When I read the blurb for Court of Dragons I knew I absolutely had to read it. I mean what’s not to love . . . enemies to lovers, arranged marriage, slow burn romance, court politics, and dragons!! I am so excited to say that I absolutely LOVED Court of Dragons! It most definitely lived up to the awesome blurb and gorgeous cover! 

Court of Dragons tells the story of Wren, a princess of the Dragon Isles. Wren had a near perfect life . . . a loving family, an upcoming marriage to her childhood sweetheart, and a dragon companion. All of that is torn away when her home is attacked by the Elves. Wren loses everything and is taken prisoner by elvish Prince Arrick. My heart ached for Wren and all she lost. I really liked Wren. She had lost so much, but still managed to find strength to fight. I loved that she was able to let herself cry and feel her grief.

I absolutely loved the tension between Wren and Arrick. The two enemies are forced into marriage by Arrick’s truly evil father, the Elf King. Arranged marriage and forced proximity are some of my favorite tropes featured in fantasy romance! This plus enemies to lovers and slow burn. SWOON. I will say that Court of Dragons is mostly the build up of the relationship between Wren & Arrick. I have a feeling the actual romance is coming in the upcoming books. My favorite part of this slow burn romance is that Wren does not immediately forgive or jump on Arrick when she began to acknowledge her attraction to him. I really like that the author did not make this into an instant love situation (which often happens in books in this genre). I liked watching their relationship slowly develop. And the tension was so good! I definitely need more interaction between the two of them in the next book. I can’t wait to see what happens next with these two.

The reason why Court of Dragons was a four star read for me was that it felt too short. The story was not long enough and felt a bit rushed. I will say that the ending did work really well. It has me dying to get my hands on the next book!! I need more of this world and these characters. And more dragons!!!

Court of Dragons is set to be released November 11th, 2021.

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