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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Dragon's Saga: Legend of the Oceina Dragon by J.F. Jenkins


Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he's loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn't even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she's going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.

When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

Two weeks ago my friend Brea Essex and I were having a conversation about jewelry. She planning to make a few people necklaces or earrings to promote her book Foreshadow.  She told me about a lady named Jill  she was making a pair of earrings for, and said she had a really good book that I should read. Luckily, Brea and I both had Nooks, so she was able to lend the book to me.  I was in the middle of The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa (totally reccomend them!) and forgot about the book momentarily. Once I finished The Iron Queen, I saw Legend of the Oceina Dragon sitting in my library and I realized that I only had a few more days to read it before it would disappear. I cracked it open and began reading.

My Review:


Wow! That's the only thing I could say after finishing the book.

Mrs. Jenkins has created a brilliantly original story that is full of romance, mystery, powerful emotions, great characters, and dragons! This is the second series I've read about dragons, Eragon being the first. While Eragon was interesting and action filled, Legend of the Oceina is full of the love and romance that those books were missing. If you are anywhere near the romance junkie I am, this book will definitely not disappoint! I loved all the characters and could relate to them. The emotions they felt were palpable. Every detail is layed out perfectly, the dialog is great, and the descriptions are fantastic! Incredible world building, too! And have I mentioned that I love the gorgeous covor? Unfortunately, my Nook only displays it in black and white and does not do it justice.

Another thing I love about the story is how the characters develop throughout the novel. Darien loves Tai before they ever meet, and his love for her only grows. *Swoon* Tai doesn't love Darien right off the bat. If anything, she hates him for taking her away from her old life and forcing her into their marriage.  I love that Tai is strong and hardheaded at times, not in a bad way.

I finished this book in a few hours, racing through it without bothering  to check the page numbers. The ending is sweet, satisfying, and leaves you wanting more. The story is a breath of fresh air. You get the paranormal romance you've come to love, but with something different and extraordinary-the dragons. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book and am going to get my own copy of the book to read whenever I want.

Brea, thank you so much for showing me this amazing book! :)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go read it again.

Happy reading!


P.S. Keep an eye out for an interview with the author!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for such a sweet interview. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. :)