Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron – A Book Review

Posted March 11, 2021 by Booksandblurbs in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

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Nice Dragons Finish Last

(Hearrstrikers – Book 1)

by Rachel Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Urban Fantasy
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Dragon Lore has never felt more complicated – or looked so inviting. This riveting adventure is free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from GoodReads)

As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn’t fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ–a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit–Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons…

My Thoughts on Nice Dragons Finish Last

I love Dragon-based stories, no matter the base foundation. This one is far more involved than most, centering on the runt of a rather large clan – and the seer that manipulates the events that surround him. Julius isn’t like the rest of his clan, a fact that he is both ashamed of and thankful for. Far more peaceful, not to mention much smaller, he is a Dragon like no other, and the messes he finds himself in quickly become a story worthy of reading.

I really enjoyed the ebbs and flows of this narrative and the way the characters interact. In many ways, it is the two stories in one, told from multiple POVs with full emotion and depth.

There are minor editing errors, but nothing that dragged me too much away from the flow.


Third Person, Multiple POV

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Character Age Range:

Late 20’s+

My Final Verdict on Nice Dragons Finish Last

Unique and well flowing, this is a different kind of Dragon Tale with an underdog hero and a heroine far more mortal than the relationship should allow. It’s charming, well done and very interesting. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Nice Dragons Finish Last

Published July 13th, 2014
363 Pages

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