Sunday, August 14, 2016

Courage by Lena North (The Dreughan, #1)

by Lena North

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Dreughan - Book 1
Publisher: Flat-out Publishing; 4 edition (August 21, 2015)
Publication Date: August 21, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy | Dragons
Print Length: 238 pages
Available from: Amazon
Vilda lives in a muddy little corner of the world, in the time of the war that never ends. The war between the Waterfolk and the Dreughan. She is different where conformity is important, break rules in a world where punishments are given freely, and she pays for it. If it weren't for her best friend Troy, she would have no one.

Then Vilda saves the life of a dragon and shortly after that, things are spiraling out of control. The Waterfolk attack, searching for an unclaimed girl, and Vilda has to escape through the night together with Troy and the only other girl the Waterfolk could be looking for – their former best friend, Susannah.

Soon, they find themselves in Dragoncourt, the stronghold of the Dreughan, where a prophecy predicts that the war will finally come to an end when the beautiful Dreughan prince has claimed another royal from the end of the world.

It seems as if Vilda is the girl in the prophecy, and she might be, but she also has a strong link to a young man with black hair and eyes as blue as the summer skies – the prince’s cousin, Drake...

 Courage by Lena North (The Dreughan, #1)

Courage (The Dreughan, #1)She never fit in among the other villagers. Motherless, her father had little time, love or patience for her, brutal in his criticism, harsh in his punishments, but Vilda has a strong spirit, a wonderful imagination and one of the best friends a young outcast could want. Not one to shy away from adventure, Vilda had no idea where a desperate run for freedom would take her. Vilda’s tale is one that is equally exciting, sad and filled with the magic of adventure and discovery in a time when war was constantly raging, distrust was running rampant and no one was safe.

Just a young teen, Vilda was to become part of a prophecy that will take her to new lands, and into a world where dragons exist and long-held secrets will be discovered, including what happened to the dragon she once tried to save.

Like another version of the Three Musketeers, Troy, Vilda and Susannah are a force to be reckoned with as their loyalty and willingness to die for each other becomes apparent when hard-headed Vilda’s temper and free spirit manage to put them in precarious situations.

Courage by Lena North is fantasy adventure for younger teens and YA that never fails to make each page come alive in a world in turmoil. Fascinating, fun and filled with bits of humor and snark, Ms. North’s tale is a testament to friendship, trust and the daring of young heroes willing to test the boundaries of their existence at any cost. Vilda, Troy and Susannah are those kids you wish your kids knew!

Fun, fast and furious fantasy that all readers will love!

I received this copy from Lena North in exchange for my honest review.

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