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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Review: The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons ★★

The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons by Katie MacAlister
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Book two in the Light Dragon series
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
ISBN: 0451233441
Page Count: 352
My Rating: ★★

Summary

Even an ancient dragon can learn how to multitask…

Ysolde de Bouchier is a woman beset with trials. The dragon part of her buried deep for centuries is still making itself known, but in ways that just don’t make sense. She’s continuing to have visions, but now they involve events she wasn’t present to witness.

As if that isn’t enough, she’s caught up in a tangled web of plans that seem to grow more complex each day. Not only does she have to work out peace between her Light Dragon mate Baltic and the weyr, she also has to free his friend, convince an archimage to lift the spell controlling her magic, figure out what it is that the First Dragon expects her to do, rescue a half-dragon damsel in over her head, and once and for all clear Baltic’s name of murder charges that continue to plague him.

No one told Ysolde that dragon love would be so hard…


Review:

The beginning of this novel was extremely confusing. It had been around 6 months since I'd read the first one, so naturally I was a bit rusty on the details. But even with the recaps that were provided, there was just so much going on and so many different dragon colours that I couldn't remember which Septs liked each other and which didn't, or why. I very nearly gave up all together. There is quite a large cast and several different subplots, so this only added to my confusion. It took until around the halfway point until I actually felt committed to the story. And even then I was often having to urge myself to continue because I'd already gotten so far, and also because the first book was so good I felt sure any minute now that past magic would emerge. It didn't.

I was also not really feeling the love towards Baltic in this one. I forgave him his high-handed ways in the first book because of what he'd been through and because he'd been alone for so long, and so naturally he would insist Ysolde stay constantly by his side now that he'd found her again, etc. But in this one his rants just got on my nerves. I know the Wyvern are meant to be all domineering and the mates submissive and obedient and all that jazz, but I just don't know how Ysolde can handle it. I found it unrealistic that she would discover that her mate had been bald-faced lying about where he had spent the last couple of days one minute and in the next instance, when he ever so kindly says that he will "allow" her to do erotic things to him, she thinks he's all wonderful again. I'm sorry, what? I realize it's meant to be so over-the-top bossy that it's funny, but mostly I just found it annoying.

Another thing that annoys me with Baltic is his refusal to tell Ysolde anything; either with regards to his plans and whereabouts as mentioned before, or things to do with the past. Poor Ysolde has had her memory altered and has to rely on flashbacks and visions to help her recall things from their previous life, so any little nugget of information about past events would be helpful. But Baltic remains tight-lipped on anything he deems upsetting to her, or if it's something concerning another male, he withholds through jealousy or some other bull**** reason. I wanted to slap him on more than one occasion.

I really hope Katie MacAlister does something to restore this series to the former glory of book one. It showed so much promise and was so much funnier and more romantic than this one.

Colour me disappointed.

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