Adventure · Fantasy · Paranormal · YA

Marked by Dragon’s Blood (Return of the Dragonborn #1) by N.M. Howell

It was a breath of fresh air to read this fantasy novel that merges magic with dragons. It’s a page-turning, fast-paced adventure that had me clued to my Kindle.

In a world ruled by magic, where mages rule supreme, dragonborns (humans born with dragon blood) were slaughtered for unclear reasons. The novel tells the story of Andie, a 24 year-old with a big secret. Descendent from both magic and dragon blood, Andie most hide her true identity as she starts a new life at Arvall University where she will learn to control her magic. Together with her group of friends, the young sorcerer will learn that the dragonborn line didn’t die completely and embarks on a journey to discover the truth about her people and herself, and to bring justice to the falsely accused and abused.

It was very hard to put it down and I ended up reading it in two days. I really liked the descriptions; they’re not very long and together with the great writing style is brought out the magic and the colour of the story. It made me want to jump into this world!

I enjoyed reading about Andie and seeing the story in her perspective. I think she’s very well built as a character, she’s mature, logical and I could feel the weight of her secret throughout the story. Her courage, strength of character and her determination to correct all the wrongs that were done to her people were incredible to watch and read.

I would have enjoyed it more if the ending didn’t end in a cliffhanger because now I’ll have to wait to see what happens! This story line shows great promise and I hope that the next volume will not disappoint! It was my first time reading a novel from Ms. Howell and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

I want to thank N. M. Howell for the chance to review her novel before it is published, in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

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