Half-Blood Dragon
Dragon Born Trilogy Book 1
K. N. Lee
Self-pub, 2017
Kindle ed, 200 pages
Genre(s) Dystopian Fantasy Romance
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Other books in this series: Magic-Born Dragon #2, Queen of the Dragons #3

Synopsis:  
Pirates, dragons, mermaids. Embark on a coming of age journey that will leave you breathless.

A lady-in-waiting's job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather's plan to elevate the family's station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince. Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen's days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits.

The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince's murder.

For a human, there’s nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters.

It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire.

Change is coming. So is a new prophecy that threatens the fate of the entire world.

About the Author:  
K.N. Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. When she is not writing twisted tales, fantasy novels, and dark poetry, she does a great deal of traveling and promotes other authors. Wannabe rock star, foreign language enthusiast, and anime geek, K.N. Lee also enjoys helping others reach their writing and publishing goals. She is a winner of the Elevate Lifestyle Top 30 Under 30 "Future Leaders of Charlotte" award for her success as a writer, business owner, and for community service.

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My Review:  ✮✮✮✮
What would your status be in a world where magic is important if you were the only one without magic? It's called "low man on the totem pole". Well, that's where Rowen is in her world. Lady Rowen Glenick is under her stepfather's orders to raise the family's standing by marrying the Crown Prince. She's a lady-in-waiting to the Princess. She's also the only half-dragon blooded person in the whole bunch and cannot shift form. So how she did it, I don't know, but she and Prince Lawson are planning on getting married.

His younger brother, Prince Rickard, is a wastrel and a profligate as far as she is concerned. Yet, he seems to be after her. The more she resists him, the harder he pursues her. She hates him and his circle of lascivious friends. 

All of a sudden, the Crown Prince is dead and Rowen is accused and condemned. Strangely enough, Prince Rickard seems to be trying to help her. She narrowly escapes her own hanging and ends up at sea on a pirate ship with a mermaid who hates her. But it's not too long before the army shows up looking for her.

She's left with so many questions and so few answers. Like why did the mermaid hate her? Who was the pirate captain really? Would her mother, the Duchess, be all right? Why didn't her friend, Lady Brea, speak up for her? Where was Macana? Who really killed Prince Lawson? And who was the Red Dragon who was so gentle with her?

Through the whole book, there was a sense of anticipation. The pace throughout was really good. Lady Rowen was a well-developed character. She had a lot of depth to her and was well-rounded. The pirates were also well done. The other characters were not as well developed, but they were secondary. Perhaps we will be seeing them more in the second and third books and they will be more developed then. Characters such as the Duchess and Prince Rickard are sure to be in the following books, so there is much to look forward to with their characters. Possibly with Macana and Lady Brea as well. And Princess Noemie perhaps?

One of the characters mentioned something that I thought was an excellent point, and I wish I could remember which character it was now. But the point was that the dragons chose to spend their lives in human form rather than dragon form, so why should they look down on Rowen or humans as they did? I thought that was a really good point! If being a dragon was so superior, why did they spend all their time in human form? Silly dragons!

I strongly recommend this book to those of you who enjoy fantasy. And I'd add the other two to your TBR list as well. I certainly have them on mine.