DRAGON UNLEASHED by Grace Draven

A dragon shapeshifter and a healer with power over the earth fight a corrupt empire in this thrilling and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Magic is outlawed in the Krael Empire and punishable by death. Born with the gift of earth magic, the free trader Halani keeps her dangerous secret closely guarded. When her uncle buys a mysterious artifact, a piece of bone belonging to a long-dead draga, Halani knows it’s far more than what it seems. 

Dragas haven’t been seen for more than a century, and most believe them extinct. They’re wrong. Dragas still walk among the denizens of the Empire, disguised as humans. Malachus is a draga living on borrowed time. The magic that has protected him will soon turn on him–unless he finds a key part of his heritage. He has tracked it to a group of free traders, among them a grave-robbing earth witch who fascinates him as much as she frustrates him with her many secrets.

Unbeknownst to both, the Empire’s twisted empress searches for a draga of her own, to capture and kill as a trophy. As Malachus the hunter becomes the hunted, Halani must risk herself and all she loves to save him from the Empire’s machinations and his own lethal birthright.


Title : Dragon Unleashed
Author : Grace Draven
Series : Fallen Empire (book two)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 416
Genre : fantasy romance
Publisher : Ace
Release Date : June 9, 2020

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : â˜… â˜… 


Hollis’ 2 star review

Much like my experience with PHOENIX UNBOUND, book one in the Fallen Empire series, I have very mixed feelings over this read. Mostly because I have adored so many of Draven’s stories and want to support this well-deserved achievement in being lifted up by one of the big publishing houses. But the reality is this just seems like such a lesser offering than all her previous tales.

I remember saying it in my review for book one, but this writing? It doesn’t feel at all like Draven. I feel so removed, so disconnected, by everything. The plot, the characters, the dialogue. It’s awkward or stilted or poorly transitioned. It feels like a debut author as opposed to a seasoned one who was often wowed me, stunned me, made me burst out laughing, with her words. I definitely felt some chemistry and excitement in book one’s pairing, fitting as one character wielded the power of fire, but this one? Way less chemistry, less connection, and there was only one moment between them where I felt.. something. Maybe because I appreciated that two people, with different backgrounds and perspectives, could do some self-reflection and appreciate they didn’t understand what it was like to be in each others’ shoes. But everything else..?

I wanted to be wowed by this, I wanted to feel that rounding up on book one had paid off with this follow up story, but instead I want to go back and knock off a star from PHOENIX UNBOUND. I’m sad. 

I don’t know if there’s more to come from this series but I’m sure I’ll pick it up anyway. Particularly if it helps to ease the pain of waiting for the next Wraith Kings installment.

** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** 

2 thoughts on “DRAGON UNLEASHED by Grace Draven”

  1. I had such a hard time with this book. It was SLOW, and it didn’t pick up. And I agree, I never felt like this about one of her books before, and I can’t say if it was the writing or not, but something was off! So, at the moment I don’t know if I want to go on with this series, especially since I wasn’t wowed by the first book either. I have been so SPOILED with Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews and Nalini Singh. 🙈

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    1. CORINA this makes me feel so much better, truly. I have been so perplexed by this series, thinking, am I even a Draven fan!? but this is reassuring because now I know I’m not imagining it. and YES to being spoiled by other authors, too, in addition to past Dravens. I really need to get on to Singh but you know I love me some IA! ❤ I think the series is only a trilogy so I will finish it to complete but.. yeah.

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