TOGETHER WE BURN by Isabel Ibanez

An ancient city plagued by dragons. A flamenco dancer determined to save her ancestral home. A dragon hunter refusing to teach her his ways. They don’t want each other, but they need each other, and without him her world will burn.

Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see him fight in their arena, which will one day be hers.

But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured. Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to take her father’s place as the next Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer.

But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.


Title : Together We Burn
Author : Isabel Ibanez
Format : Physical
Page Count : 368
Genre : YA Fantasy
Publisher : Titan Books
Release Date : July 5, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 3 star mini-review

There’s a lot to sell this book:

*dragons
*captivity, victimisation, freedom
*pushing past gender role expectation
*a budding romance

…and all those things made this a decent read but for some reason I didn’t connect to the characters hardly at all and I felt like I was reading this at a distance. I didn’t feel bored, nor did I feel the need to DNF but I finished the book feeling it was okay but mainly with feelings of ambivalence.

I can imagine the themes in this book will work for many readers and if they’re able to connect with the characters, they’ll probably really enjoy this.

Thank you to Titan Books for the review copy.

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