Sunday, August 7, 2011

Redheart (Leland Dragon Series #1) by Jackie Gamber

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Seventh Star Press, LLC (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983108676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983108672

Synopsis:  Kallon Redheart is the last of the red dragons and he has closed himself off to everyone. Dragons and humans alike. After his parents deaths he retreated and lived in solitude. In comes Riza and human whose friendship and appearance is both unexpected and needed. Both not realizing they are searching for something. Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader after Redheart's death, seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land. Humans are frightened and distrustful of dragons. This is the story of love, friendship, hope and reconciliation. 

My Thought: First I want to say that I loved that this is a Fantasy book written by a woman with a believable female character. She was strong and weak and loving and snippy when she needs to be. Riza was such a dynamic but believable character and I love seeing that in a Fantasy book when so many falter when writing female characters. What else did I love about this book? Yes you guessed it, Dragons. They were amazing. I loved being in the dragon's world. The descriptions of the dragons were amazing. They were so descriptive. I literally wanted to reach out and touch their scales and go flying.

Above all this is a story of friendship, love, heartache, loss and finding your way. Kallon and Riza were both lost when they found each other. This book shows how given the right path anyone can change for the better. People (and Dragons)can learn to forgive, love again, trust and find their place in the world. The connection between Riza and Kallon is wonderful. They are both in a place of confusion and mistrust and loss and finding each other when they did set them on the path to healing.

The beauty of this book is not only is it fantasy with fighting and dragons and magic but it has a great story of relationships and characters. All diverse and all with their own tales to tell. Jastin is as dark and mysterious as he lost and alone. He is also a rich complex character. And what is a Dragon Story without a Dragon Hunter.

The climax was both rewarding and beautiful. It was one of those scenes that made tears appear as well as a smile. It was a stunning twist that was just wonderful. There is intrigue, drama, twists and turns and the author did a wonderful job inviting us in to this worlds and showing us it's beauty as well as the ugly parts. I can not wait to continue the tale in the next book.

This book is great for any age if you can read read it. My eleven year old was just as interested in the book as I was. Recommended for any age.

I give it a 4 out of 5.

The author of this book is Jackie Gamber. She has a fascinating blog where she does what she calls book tasting. I was lucky enough to be able to sit in on one of her panels of booktasting and what this entails is while reading a book she finds and matches what she see as the perfect tea that compliments the book. For Redheart she choose Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice to compliment it.  ForFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury she choose Lapsang Souchang tea which did really smell like burnt paper and tasted very smoky. It was really cool and fastinating to hear her talk about each book and it's compliment tea. 

More Book Tasting can be found on her website.
Jackie Gamber 
More about Redheart and the Leland Dragons.
Leland Dragons  
Seventh Star Press 
Where to buy
Direct from Seventh Star ( This way offers Books, T-Shirts, Buttons and Posters and you can check out their other titles)
Ebook versions 


I agree, Redheart is an awesome book! You can check out my review on my blog here. Glad you enjoyed it! I look forward to more awesome reviews! New follower!

Nora, The Bookery

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