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Easy read, nice story However it was slightly confusing, it was hard to keep the dragons and the humans separate I didn t even realize until halfway through the first chapter that the main character was a dragon not some human who can turn into a dragon The dragons were too human, you would expect them to be different That being said, the overall story was decent and easy to read. I quite enjoyed reading this book It was fast paced with a likeable protagonist at its centre even without her ability to use her dragon magic on me to make me like her, I was fond of her from the beginning In terms of world building, the world in this book reminds me a bit of ATLA meets Avatar think the scene where they bond with the dragon like creatures there are elemental dragons, magical humans also with elemental powers, and the bond between a dragon and their rider the dragon choo I quite enjoyed reading this book It was fast paced with a likeable protagonist at its centre even without her ability to use her dragon magic on me to make me like her, I was fond of her from the beginning In terms of world building, the world in this book reminds me a bit of ATLA meets Avatar think the scene where they bond with the dragon like creatures there are elemental dragons, magical humans also with elemental powers, and the bond between a dragon and their rider the dragon chooses their rider With this vivid world as a backdrop, we re introduced to Agne, an adolescent dragon who is taken out of her castle, and for the first time ever, learns of the ugly truth behind her parents rule and her past imprisonment as her father s doll The plot is fast paced, and there are revelations about Agne s parents at every turn as she learnsabout herself and her family and the larger world beyond her castle, the land that she will one day come to rule It was a fun and easy read, with fairly developed characters, my favourite being her misled kidnapper Zhao and the orphaned dragon Marut My only substantial protest would be that, not counting the epilogue, the main story of the coup came to its conclusion too quickly, and the enemy was defeated a little too easily for a force so formidable But I did like that it didn t over sanitise things like what was basically human genocide for the sake of its young readers I think the story couldn t contain and explain everything about the world it was set in, so hopefully the sequels will be able to build on this world of dragons and riders Overall, a light and fun read Fantastic Really enjoyed this The writing was really good and the character development was fantastic. Dragons in literature have rarely received a decent and fresh take So often, such as with what Tolkien, or even George RR Martin, they are considered weapons of mass destruction and in most cases downright evil things Other than Falcore, Pete s Dragon or Puff the Magic Dragon rarely does anyone even consider what to do with a dragon outside of the flying flame thrower routine Occasionally you get the flamethrower with a money hording monster thing, akin to a Scrooge McDuck with wings an Dragons in literature have rarely received a decent and fresh take So often, such as with what Tolkien, or even George RR Martin, they are considered weapons of mass destruction and in most cases downright evil things Other than Falcore, Pete s Dragon or Puff the Magic Dragon rarely does anyone even consider what to do with a dragon outside of the flying flame thrower routine Occasionally you get the flamethrower with a money hording monster thing, akin to a Scrooge McDuck with wings and fire breath, but even that is tired This is a worn out premise that so often has permeated the creature I find how dragons are portrayed generally a real shame Dragons have been in the culture of humans for so long and held so many places in our mythology, not just as evil creatures and not just flame throwers with wings I have good news for you all, author Karine Green s book is breathing fresh life in an old trope and turning it on its proverbial head Oh yeah, this is what I got to read folks, a fun book about dragons told from the dragon s perspective Polish up your scales with some gold dust, get your finest teapot and sit down with me for an honest review of The Lilac Princess and the Blood King by Karine Green.OpinionI Love Chinese Drama shows very much, and the Korean ones are growing on me I tell you this because certain things happen in C and K Dramas that are warm and touching to a story Often these points are missed in commonly Western literature because it s not part of the culture For me, the thing I love the most about it is the imagery, costumes, the fact that the women generally are vying for a position of power in their worlds, and the richness of color that is used So imagine my surprise when the very hook of the book is everything I love about a C or K drama Here are women, vibrant and colorfully adorned women The group was already struggling in their political spectrum, together and the young one was wondering why she could or could not behave like she felt she should Add to that fact the women are dragons, and the color is the scales they have, and I was hooked immediately I could not put this book down after that Some people say that animals in books, or explicitly making an animal behave like a person, is distracting and far fetched To which I say to you, Animal Farm taught meabout American politics than I ever got from government class when I was in High school I do not take that sort of line in the sand, and I think what Karine does with her dragons is incredible This has just as much to say about coming of age, as it does about beauty in colors and accepting who you are and should be It s also a story about daughters and fathers, about families and who is your family versus who you chose to be your family There is a lot of life lessons in this story, and it s touching and compelling as it s told For this next part, I do not want to get into spoilers, but it s tough because I have some criticisms So please bear with me, I m going to do my best to do a spoilerless critique to ensure this is a very honest review, but also one where I can give some example of what I mean without ruining the story I want to be sure you who may read this at least know what you are getting into As the book went on, I noticed a few things that caused me to lose my faith in what was an excellent start The most glaring is the use of exposition potatoes For those of you who are not familiar with the term, an exposition potato is a person or talking creature in the narrative whom the author brings in to say what happened off page Sometimes they are a witness sometimes they are delivering a report or a scout missive of some sort, or some old woman giving gossip It s a tool writer use, so they don t write the event that is being referred to, either because they struggled with writing it, or because they had to cut it out for editing the manuscript or because perhaps the protagonist wasn t in the vicinity or perhaps it happened too long ago in the story It s almost always a person who tells it In this case, there were so many of the exposition potatoes you could make dragon hash browns They were relatives to the protagonist, teachers to someone she was working with or grouped with, reports, guards, and so on in this book, and they were everywhere For example, there is a significant plot point in the story where the princess realizes the man she loved and trusted the most since childhood, is not the man she believed in Adding to the plot point is a secondary part where the villains in the story are painted horrifically and with gory detail I got frustrated by how the information came to the character, and how it was presented to us the reader It wasn t even given in an aside such as other things were For example, there is a section where the Queen and King are giving directions and orders That was written and presented to the reader off camera Yet, the significant plot point that made the story what it involved the King and his daughters were entirely skipped for the readers to read If a significant plot point is going to be a life changing event for the main character to consider, then the character either should see it, or find the actual evidence of it and come to a conclusion themselves Just because several random people all say the same thing happened, doesn t change the fact that the book has several exposition potatoes Now, one can say But she found out what happened and point to all the people telling her about what happened, and the reports and stuff Okay, that s what I mean about too many potatoes She didn t see the evidence after the fact she only went along with what she was told and what she came to believe She also repeated I guess I just didn t know him like you all did in some fashion or another throughout the book And that isn t to diminish the book, I liked it, but I fell out of love with it because of the beating a dead horse thing Around the fourth time, I found the same thing repeated I yelled aloud Okay we get it Move on to which my four year old said, Get what mommy What did we get Did we get a prize I thought to myself, there is no prize in finding another exposition potato Also please notice, I m using the phrase often here, that s to drive my point about seeing the same thing repeatedly It s annoying to see the same thing four times, but in some cases, it was there five or six times ordepending on the plot point Treating the audience as though they are too stupid to figure something out, does a disservice to the writer as much as the reader The writer is obligated to leave the points in because they feel they are too subtle to be missed, which takes valuable word count away for later elements of the story When that happens, parts of the book that are likely critical for a satisfying climax may get lost Which brings me to the other major issue I had with the book, and that was a lack of satisfaction with the ending and the climax Given how short they both were, I honestly feel that this book suffered from over editing its, a terrible book disease that generally is brought on by trying to get a word count down As I explained, the beginning was bright and beautiful and had so much potential, that as the story drew to the close, it all was lost The ending is a lot of Tell and not anywhere near the Show Most of the critical plot points that drive the character that moves her story arch and drive her to her quest are told to her, not given to her And I think that Karine realized that at some point because the points she wants to make of the villains are then hammered into the reader inTell moments repeatedly until we know it happened because everyone said it did, so it must be true Now, the book in and of itself is a good book Karine did do an excellent job at crafting her world, and making her characters so beautiful and pleasing to get to know I want to commend her for it I think if this book were to have a re release after maybe another editing, it d be a perfect book because it has the potential for it If that happens, I want to read it I love the main character, I love the two side characters with her, and I love what she was trying to do I do not want anyone to think my criticisms are here to diminish a fun story with a lot of rich imagery So I will end my criticism on that note, and I hope that you give this book a chance despite what I have said Review Score So what do I give this book With the intro and beginning so strong, it had the potential for a solid high score, but as the exposition potatoes arrived, the score began to sink I m giving this book a solid 71 100 It s not a bad book, it s not a terrible book it s an okay book with potential I would love to see a sequel to this story I d like to reread it if it gets an update as well And mostly, please don t hate me for having my reservations I hate giving lower scores especially when I loved the world I wandered in on initially I received this book free via Booktasters.The Lilac Princess and the Blood King was a book full of suspense and action There was not one page in the book that made me lose hope in the storyline In simplest terms, it was good Agne, the lilac princess is the rarest dragon in the kingdom But before we get to her, let s delve a littleinto the kingdom itself The kingdom is ruled by a dragon monarch Magical and non magical humans live within the outer regions of north dragons ridge along t I received this book free via Booktasters.The Lilac Princess and the Blood King was a book full of suspense and action There was not one page in the book that made me lose hope in the storyline In simplest terms, it was good Agne, the lilac princess is the rarest dragon in the kingdom But before we get to her, let s delve a littleinto the kingdom itself The kingdom is ruled by a dragon monarch Magical and non magical humans live within the outer regions of north dragons ridge along to with dragons Humans can be trained to become dragon riders and be a friendly companion to their dragon counterpart This was the first novel I have read where actual dragons held the throne and weren t written to be shifters of any sort This alone began my interest of the storyline Agne, the crown princess is envied by her sisters because they all know she is the only one her father can view as being queen one day A plot to kidnap her works but backfires when SPOLIER they meet their end through their own father s claw This begins a wild chase to find the princess Here is the interesting part of the story that I was not initially expecting, everyone was in their own coup to either help or hurt Agne Agne was the only one not in the loop of things Her good sheltered nature shed some naivety on her but her training and education helped her bepoised and pick up on cues other sheltered dragons may have not been taught to do I loved where Karine went with Agne We are introduced to Agne as a prized princess who was sheltered her whole life and has only been seen by a handful of people To many she is a rumor and is nonexistent, to others she is this vile dragon that was created based on the nasty lies her sisters spewed of her However, Agne is a gentle and intelligent soul that becomesclever as her journey to go back home and save her country bearsonto her Her growth in character also allows us to see pass her naivety, it brings light that she can shed the childness in her to be able to be a regal adult Karine green does this in a way where it doesn t feel rushed and it allows the reader to realize that Agne wasthan just her precious color and her tea parties The one thing that I felt was lacking in the story was the world building During different points, cities and countries are mentioned but there wasn t a way to fully visualize them because there was no description past the give name I am person who enjoys a good balance of character and world building so I was a little disappointed but will note that thus lack with world building didn t affect what the author wanted the reader to grasp from the story Overall, the characters were great but I will say that Zhao was by far my favorite in growth We meet Zhao as a vengeful magical human who kidnaps princess Agne in order to receive justice for his people Through his journey with princess Agne, it is shown that he has been through so much struggle Fit is clear that Zhao is holding onto to all of this Zhao also is the one being that truly shows compassion, love and loyalty to Agne This is pretty strange because their relationship began as kidnapper and kidnaped but it becomes interesting to see that Zhao s plan was never his own and he begins to grow and show that he is just as capable of moving on and fighting for justice as princess Agne is from being a sheltered dragon pup to royal queen in waiting Another relationship that was unique was Agne s father s relationship to his rider Ja Hua Ja Hua was the only human the king trusted Their bond was so strong through magic that it times you couldn t help but wonder if they could live normally without the other Although these two were the villains, their relationship showed that there is strength when humans and dragons collaborate this was also shown through Agne s relationship with Zhao Even though there was a dragon monarch, humans were still important to this nation.Without giving the story away, I will say overall I became engrossed in to each turning page This was a story full of secrets Those secrets were dividing a nation and killing the nation s people Princess Agne was the key to fixing that She was no longer her daddy s dolly, she was the fighter of justice for her nation Through the journey, we learn about Agne s mothers secrets, the truth about how vicious her father was and who actually loved and supported her I would give this a 4.5 out of 5 starsInfo about the book Title The Lilac Princess and the Blood KingAuthor Karine GreenPrint Length 199 pagesPublisher Green Dragon March 20, 2017 Where to buy Dragons are often side characters in fantasy novels so it was fun to read a novel with them as the main characters Both a compelling story and beautiful and intriguing world were built with simple writing. Received this book for an honest review from Book Tasters When I first got a copy of the Lilac Princess and the Blood King, I was not quite sure what I was expecting The title had a very fantasy feel to it but the cover hinted at something science fiction Upon delving in, I found the book quite enjoyable and interesting.Without giving too much away, the story turned out to be an entertaining book about dragons and their relationship with humans in a direction that I have never seen before It Received this book for an honest review from Book Tasters When I first got a copy of the Lilac Princess and the Blood King, I was not quite sure what I was expecting The title had a very fantasy feel to it but the cover hinted at something science fiction Upon delving in, I found the book quite enjoyable and interesting.Without giving too much away, the story turned out to be an entertaining book about dragons and their relationship with humans in a direction that I have never seen before It brought a blend of humor while showing that the world that Karen Greene has created is filled withpossibility that this book contains.For dragon lovers and those who enjoy fantasy, I would recommend this book heartily I found the concept very interesting, yet i feel like it lacked emotion I like the idea of having the story told through the eyes of the dragons instead of the humans Its a different that what i had read before and would have loved to enjoyed this book, but it was just missing that something in my opinion that made me not love this book I found it hard to get into the world, it was hard for me to connect to any of the characters. This is a charming book about a dragon princess, Agne, an air and fire dragon, who is raised pampered the castle, where her apparently living parents rule over the realm of Shestafa The day of her 15th birthday she is kidnapped by a human , where her journey of knowing the truth about her parents and their cruelty towards their subjects The plot is very intriguing from the beginning to the end and I think it s a unique story considering that the main characters are dragons For me as a dragon This is a charming book about a dragon princess, Agne, an air and fire dragon, who is raised pampered the castle, where her apparently living parents rule over the realm of Shestafa The day of her 15th birthday she is kidnapped by a human , where her journey of knowing the truth about her parents and their cruelty towards their subjects The plot is very intriguing from the beginning to the end and I think it s a unique story considering that the main characters are dragons For me as a dragon lover, it has been an interesting experience The characters are well described, very lively and there are no slow parts in the story ^DOWNLOAD KINDLE ☋ The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green ☞ In the far away land of Shestafa, dragons rule the realm The Air Dragon, Agne lives the charmed life of a pampered princess Her father, the Blood King is an evil Fire dragon who lays waste to innocent villages A small band of rebels kidnap the princess and show her the truth As she comes to terms with her new reality, she realizes the rebels want her to help them with a coup Unbeknownst to her, another coup is in the works She has to unite the two sides to save her nation