Review: A Dance of Dragons, Series Starter Bundle

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A Dance of Dragons: Series Starter Bundle
Dance of Dragons 0.5 & 1
Kaitlyn Davis
Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads (The Golden Cage, A Dance of Dragons #0.5)
In the land of Ourthuro, cruelty is a way of life. The king rules with an iron fist and no one dare defy him–no one except his daughter. Princess Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with a soldier and it would mean both of their lives if her father ever discovered their affair.

But Leena will risk it all to be with the man she loves–her heart, her life, her freedom. And when her brother’s birthday celebration takes a dangerous turn, Leena is forced to make a decision that will change the fate of her nation and eventually the world.

Review
I want to start by saying I only read the synopsis for the first book, which is why I have only provided the first one for this review.  However, if you are not interested by that synopsis, try the one from Book 1 as well because they are quite different.

The Golden Cage is a prequel novella and I enjoyed the detail of the culture and city.  The concept of the tattoos to display social status was very interesting and the description of the area allowed me to visualise a wealthy and beautiful place.  I found the main character’s situation to be believable and I connected with her enough to want her wishes to come true.

While I enjoyed The Golden Cage, I am not sure the novella alone would have been enough for me to want to continue the series.  I would probably only rate it three out of five because it was just not enough to get me deeply involved and interested in what was going to happen next.  Combining Book 0.5 and Book 1 in a starter bundle was a very good decision.

The Shadow Soul is almost totally different, starting in a land away from the Ourthuro, and there is no mention of the characters from the first book until several chapters into this one.  I admit that I started off confused by this, but I am glad that I continued to read.

The two main characters in The Shadow Soul made me even more involved.  I felt their emotions and had great empathy for their situations.  They were also very interesting.  They were from very different cultures, but the way they joined together to help each other was beautiful.  Each had something to hide, something they were afraid to share, and their reasons behind this, as well as their disguises, were realistic to the setting.

It did take me a while to get into this series, but I was hooked by about half way through The Shadow Soul.  I wanted to learn more about what the characters could do and how they were going to help their situation.  In the end, I am very impressed and I look forward to reading the next book.

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