Redheart by Jackie Gamber
294 Pages (Paperback)
Seventh Star Press
October 1, 2008
Kallon Redheart lives with his back turned on his fellow dragons, on humans, and on everything he once understood. Riza Diantus is a young woman with dreams too wide to fit inside her village fence. Their unexpected friendship is risky in Leland Province, where drought has stripped the land and superstition has cowed its people. And the danger only grows. Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, resents Leland's time-worn venur system. He has inflamed tensions between dragons and humans to the brink of war. He wants to trample humans into utter submission, or wipe them off the face of the land. Anger erupts, scorching innocent lives in its path. When Riza is threatened, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. But first, he must confront his past and the future he stopped believing in. He must claim his destiny.
There have been an increase in "dragon" books in YA recently, such as Firelight and Flying Blind, two books I really enjoyed. So the idea of another dragon book seemed appealing. Unfortunately, Redheart and I just did not mix well. Or at all really.
Redheart is not like the "dragon" books I was referring too. That's okay, being different is fine - sometimes great. In this novel, the dragons are actually dragons, not shape shifters. That seemed kind of cool to me, but the logistics just seemed too unrealistic, even for a fantasy book. I mean, the dragons were writing and carrying objects, living in palaces, etc. and I just didn't see how any of that could be possible - even if dragons did exist.
This might have been okay if it didn't take me so long to get into the book. It wasn't until I was more than halfway through that the pace started to pick up and I wanted to know how the book ended. I wasn't really excited with the romance of this book, but I was happy to see where it went (took a bit of a Shrek turn - you'll get it if you've read it).
I'm not going to tear this book apart - we just did not match up. If you are a fan of dragon books, like real dragon books, and medieval type magic, you'll probably be a better fit for this novel than I was.