A journey to the kingdom of dragons, a star-crossed love, and a cursed pearl with the power to mend the world or break it…–GoodReads
Princess Shiori made a deathbed promise to return the dragon’s pearl to its rightful owner, but keeping that promise is more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Elizabeth Lim is pretty much an auto-read/buy author for me. I have adored every book she’s written and this is no exception. I will say that I perhaps didn’t find this one to be as strong a novel as ‘Six Crimson Cranes’ but I definitely still enjoyed it so much and the ending was great.
I think it was the part with the dragons and Shiori’s adventures revolving around that didn’t fit the vibe of the duology for me. I think the book would have been stronger without it though it would have ben much shorter. It felt like the story really didn’t start until she left that bit behind. That section felt almost like an entirely different novel. I was perhaps a little disappointed to leave my favorite dragon prince behind at that moment in the story but I did appreciate moving forward.
The pacing started almost sluggishly but once we leave the first section behind it gets back on track for the awesome pacing I love Lim for.
Shiori’s story feels deeply satisfying at the end and I can’t say I’m mad about how her and her brothers ended up; it felt like the perfect conclusion and I’m always happy with any scene her brothers are in with her. Watching Shiori grow from the first book to now is a treat really, I can’t help it I get quite emotional where her feelings for her stepmother are concerned and Shiori is just totally transformed. It’s great.
This was still a fantastic book and a satisfying ending to this duology. I can’t wait to have a physical copy in my hands.
4/5 Cups of coffee from me, thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.