Enter the Dragon
Author: Jamie Sullivan
Title: Enter the Dragon
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Two Petals
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Since a ceasefire was called on the Dragon Wars, dragons and humans have lived in an uneasy partnership. To help humans understand dragons and prepare future dragon trainers, the Academy was created. Jac Conway is an eager student, long enthralled with all things dragon. But even he, with all his hopes and ambitions, never dreamed of just how close to them one night would bring him...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
All Jac wants is to study dragons, so he enters the academy in order to learn everything he can. In his first year he visits the dragon caves and actually meets one, except he never could have imagined what would happen to his future because of it.
This story was all squandered potential. It is almost an outline or a few short snippets from what sounds like a very interesting story. There's the introduction of Jac at the academy and his meeting Bryn, then a painful time skip that leaves out every single moment of Jac's time actually learning anything at said academy. All of that much-needed world building was skipped and then subsequently told to the reader in a later chapter. Had Sullivan taken the time to flesh out Jac's time at the academy, including the glossed over world of dragons and humans cohabiting, this story might have achieved the missed potential.
I was also missing a firm plot. The romance itself was the plot, but Jac spends all of ten minutes with Bryn and never sees him again during the awkward three year time skip. There was zero build up of emotion between them, so their eventual connection never felt believable. Had Sullivan written those missing three years--and not left out the other time skips as well--their relationship might have had the opportunity to gain that necessary depth.
This story was purely squandered potential. It lacked world building, characterization, and depth mostly thanks to the almost-constant time skips. I therefore cannot recommend this story.
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