Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan's reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom—where dragons are said to guard the castle walls—but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union.
When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king.
But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her?
If I could sum up my impression of Heart of the Dragon's Realm, it would be "sweet and surprising." This book was good, a sweet story if love, mixed with magic and the cutthroat world of politics, betrayals, and alliances.
The characters were well done. Each one was dynamic and interesting to read about. Kimri was a good lead. She was strong and independent, and very clever when she wanted to be. The one thing I had to complain about was that I couldn't believe she just took off when she found out that her brother was in trouble. It was admirable that she didn't hesitate to help him but it seemed really stupid that she just ran off despite the fact that she had virtually no chance of succeeding. It was just irritating to me. Otherwise, she was a great character. Very admirable.
King Tathan was an enigma. He's the strong and silent type. He doesn't really talk much and, when he does, it holds great gravity. Whenever he was on the page, he exuded a restful presence. And he was very sweet in his devotion to Kimri. At the end, we find out a shocking secret about him. Seriously, my mind was blown when I found out. Tathan wasn't the kind of hero that is passionate and that you get the hots for. He's more the sweet one that makes you grown fond of him. And I definitely did.
As I said, the plot is a mix of soft romance, twists, and political intrigue. It moves quickly, keeps a few surprises in store, and ends on a sweet note.
Heart of the Dragon's Realm is the perfect book to read when you want something to make you feel good. Despite the dark side brought in by all the political games, the romance just makes you smile. If you like a sweet romance or a vivid fantasy, you'll love this book.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!