Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway: Avian (Dragonrider Chronicles #2) by Nicole Conway

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Title: Avian (Dragonrider Chronicles #2)
Author: Nicole Conway
Source: Chapter by Chapter
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

What kind of power is lurking inside him? After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves. Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not—he wonders if he will even survive it. The truth will soon be set loose.

Fledgling (Dragonrider Chronicles #1): Review

Avian is just about a perfect sequel to Fledgling.  It's a DragonRiders of Pern for aimed at Young Adults.  Jaevid is center stage again as he is set to start his second year of training - his Avian year.  This year starts with some pretty amazing changes for him.  He discovers some Gray Elf heritage the hard and painful way as his body finally develops.  He also discovers some hidden gifts that are pretty scary to be honest.  His gifts manifest in different ways and grow throughout the story.  They play a very key role in his future and the future of the kingdom.

His friends and enemies are back, and we get to see his crush from home, Beckah, a little bit as well.  This crush was the one thing that didn't sit quite right with me.  It seemed to be a bit overdone and the fallout was a little awkward.  It ended too many times when it could have been done with simply without the added drama.  There is a new romance for Jaevid that is developing, a very good one, but with a girl that is pretty much off limits to him.  I'll be very interested to see where this goes.  She is about as non-traditional as he is and they are a good fit.

The land is seeing lots of unsettling changes as animals seem to be going crazy - attacking for no reason and causing a boat load of problems.  Even Jaevid can't get through to them with his special animal speaking skills - their free will seems to be gone.  No one knows what is causing this, but the dragons are particularly upset about it.

Jaevid's second year of training is a tough one.  He is forced to make some incredibly difficult decisions and take part in some horrific training.  He knows that he will have a major part to play in the upcoming events and in the war against the Gray Elves, but he's not sure what that part will be yet.  This was a very exciting book two that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what would happen next.  I loved seeing his old friends and trainers and meeting a few new ones.  I can't wait to see what book three will have in store.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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