Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron

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Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel AaronOne Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #2
Published by Author on August 1, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 463
Format: eARC
Source: Author

After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one, and now that he’s got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker’s gamble to put her clan on top.

Refusal to play along with his mother’s plans means death, but there’s more going on than even Bethesda knows, and with Estella back in the game with a vengeance, Heartstriker futures disappearing, and Algonquin’s dragon hunter closing in, the stakes are higher than even a seer can calculate. But when his most powerful family members start dropping like flies, it falls to Julius to defend the clan that never respected him and prove that, sometimes, the world’s worst dragon is the best one to have on your side.

In case you somehow missed the memo when I’ve yelled about her books before, Rachel Aaron is a total boss. She excels at action, romance, and has world building that totally blows my mind with its unique weird rightness. So far, the Heartstrikers series hasn’t reached the same level of love that the Paradox Trilogy did, but I’m very much enamored of these characters. On every level, One Good Dragon Deserves Another improves the series, biting the throat of second book syndrome and emerging a powerful victor.

Okay, maybe I got a bit off tack there. Ahem. With One Good Dragon Deserves Another, Rachel Aaron raises the stakes WAY high. Nice Dragons Finish Last was in a lot of ways a standard paranormal mystery, one admittedly with way odder world building, but there was a fairly simple task for Julius to perform that proved tricky. The villains and tasks in book one are child’s play compared to book two. Estella is PISSED, in case you didn’t remember from the end of the first book, and holy shit does she have a plan.

Estella’s aiming to take the whole Heartstriker clan to its knees, something she wants more than she wants to survive. Like, girl, you have got to sort out your priorities. Estella somehow turned her sister into a mindless zombie Svena who does Estella’s bidding, which was surprisingly upsetting for me because I guess I ship Svena and Ian for reasons I do not even fathom. Plus, Svena is a boss bitch, and I don’t like seeing boss bitches enslaved.

You know, I sort of thought that this series was going to revolve around some really difficult case that Julius and Marci took on with their new business, and hahaha was I wrong. They’re doing that for like thirty pages and then the plot is like OH HEY. It’s only book two of what I think Aaron said was going to be like a seven book series and the stakes are already the destruction of the whole clan. That’s kind of intense right there.

What I love love love about this series is that, where so many other books focus on physical strength or even mental, the Heartstrikers series is all about the strength of friendship and trust. Julius is almost stupidly nice to people and that’s what makes him so influential. Marci too tends to be a disgustingly nice person. They keep totally blowing up people’s plans with their niceness, because, though they’re nice, they’re not stupid, even if sometimes people really think they are. In our culture, I think nice has become a bit of a bad word, and it’s pretty cool how Aaron’s punching that idea in the face.

Though still not a book I’m majorly emotionally tied to, I am coming more and more to care for this cast of characters. I adore Ghost, because who doesn’t love a sort of scary, adorable cat. Marci’s great obvs. Julius is an adorable fluffmuffin Hufflepuff sweetheart. Bob would be the most annoying person to me ever if I actually knew him but I delight in watching him frustrate others. In One Good Dragon, we get to see a different side of Chelsie and LOVE her. Boss bitches all over this family, I tell you. Also, Alicia, the drunken dragon, is a delight. What’s great is that I know all of these characters will just keep developing and I will learn to love them intensely which will probably be the moment Aaron starts murdering them all. Oh god, what am I doing to myself?

Join me for the coming glorious pain. Read all the Rachel Allen and Rachel Bach while waiting for the next books. Make good life choices like I do.

Favorite Quote:

“Uh, because running a dragon clan is like trying to ride herd on hundreds of fire-breathing, sociopathic cats who all want to murder me?”

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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She was born to play Bethesda, I tell you.

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