Book Review: Lady Dragon, Tela Du

ldtdcover“Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you’ve lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent – the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber’s face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she’s not sure if he’s more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she’d much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family – including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can’t possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?” (from Goodreads)

Hooray for another trip to Rizkaland! (Find my review of the first Water Princess, Fire Prince here.) I loved the witty dialogue and world building once again. Petra and Reuben had a really hilarious and cute relationship, and SPOILER ALERT! the right use of telepathy is actually pretty awesome. I honestly nearly cried when he SPOILER ALERT! identified her biggest fear. My favorite character is definitely Laura (I’m loving the snippets of her backstory), but I did develop a pretty huge respect/liking/crush on Granite at one point. Honestly a really complicated character. Oh, and Ashna! I sympathized with her quite a bit and hope we get to see more of her in book three. 😉 The author did a brilliant job making the Lady Dragon and the Tela Du veeeerrry similar in personality but very different in action. The theme was really amazing, though I felt like it got slightly buried in a drawn-out resolution and confusing number of characters. Not recommended for younger readers because this book is more magical than the first one and there is a very strong element of physical romance between SPOILER ALERT! married teens.

Best quote(s): “Rizkaland will soon see a new day under the Tela Du, but a new day can’t come unless there is night first.”

But since she knew that he would never forgive her if there was food involved and she didn’t offer it to him, she marched over, pulled the glasses off of his face, and deftly tucked them into his shirt pocket. She had long ago discovered this to be the quickest, most efficient method to bring him back from the realm of story.

Altogether, I found this to be a fun read with a few bookworm, BBC, and tea jokes to enjoy. 😉

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