Urban Fantasy / Academy
Published by Amazon (Self Published)
Published on the 31st August 2019
Book #1 in the Drakon Academy Series
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book from the author via Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review.
Kai has been training for so long for this. All that she’s wanted since her Dad was killed on a mission was to be accepted into the Dragon Slayer academy and be trained like her father. She wants to make him proud and to avenge his death. When she finally achieves her dream, she sets herself a strict schedule to make sure that she’s giving it her all, what she doesn’t count on is Gabe, the sexy slayer in training who turns her world upside down, or the eccentric Zola who tells Kai that they’re now friends on their first meeting. It’s not just the ups and downs of student life that have got Kai wondering what the hell is going on though, strange things have been happening. She’s having strange dreams and has encountered a couple of shifters who haven’t wanted to hurt her. When the truth comes out her world is completely torn apart, but in a good way as she learns who she really is and what she must now do.
Wow. I enjoyed this so much more than I was anticipating! I like the academy style books, though to be honest, I haven’t actually read very many of them at all, though I do enjoy them. When I came across this one on Book Sirens I figured, why not? It sounded interesting and I love a dragon, so it seemed right up my alley.
The story itself is incredibly fast paced, it was a super quick, easy and fun read that had me smiling throughout. The world building is simple, but I also would put this in the category of Urban Fantasy, which for me, doesn’t require much world building as the authors are generally adding bits onto our own already existing world. It’s pretty simple, majority of the human population don’t believe that dragons exist, however, there’s a faction of people who share the knowledge of the existence of dragons throughout their family lines to continue the task of protecting the human race from the big bad dragons that might burn them to a crisp. For me though, even though the main twist is mentioned in the blurb, I found it a litttttle bit hard to believe that slayers actually believe that dragons are just mindless killing machines. This is no irk with Ash’s writing at all, I’m more pissed off at the collective stupidity of the slayers and their familial lines. Do they honestly believe that a creature, a shifter, that has a human side, is just a mindless killing machine?! What the hell is wrong with you people?! STOP BEING SHEEP! <—That in itself is a testament to Ash’s ability in her craft, I’m pissed of at imaginary people.
I found Gabe to be refreshing, yes he had that bad boy, ruggish charm thing going for him, but I’m kinda a sucker for the “you annoy me to lovers” trope. I’m not sure why, I just enjoy it. His friend Mike was a nice secondary character and I enjoyed their banter. I absolutely ADORE Zola. She is so clueless when it comes to social interaction and I just feel like she is my spirit animal. She doesn’t give a shit what she says or how it comes across because she just says what she’s thinking and I absolutely ADORE THIS! I love that Kai doesn’t fight it as such, and just gives into the fact that this outrageous, socially naive goth girl has adopted her. I LOVE IT SO MUCH! It could be because I myself have been referred to as being a part of the goth community myself, maybe I feel like she’s a kindred spirit, even though she’s fictional. What I wouldn’t give to have Zola as my friend.
I found Kai and Soph’s relationship to be absolutely beautiful, the way that Soph doesn’t just play the big sister role, but also has put the ‘mother’ hat on as well just tugs at the heart strings. So you better believe I’m hanging for some closure or some more content of Kai dealing with things that happened in the last 10% odd of the book. I feel like it was dealt with too easily, but I’m going to assume that this is going to be something that Kai deals with in the coming instalments because Soph is her world, so I feel like it needs a bit more page time. I also had different thoughts about Gabe than what turned out. I’m hoping there’s some more backstory on how things turned out with him in the end of this one because once again, it just felt a little too clean. I’m super keen to get to know Gran too 😉 I’m trying to be as vague as possible because I don’t want to give too much away here haha.
The story itself was simple, written well and pretty self explanatory. There was some stuff that was cliche, but that doesn’t bother me. Some stuff I felt was dealt with a little too cleanly for my tastes, but there’s still time in the coming instalments to go a bit more in depth with these situations and the aftermath of some pretty hectic stuff that went down.
The only thing I would suggest, is having another round of editing as I noticed a few spelling and grammatical errors which didn’t take away from the story for me, but I know that there’s people out there who will gripe over this small thing until the cows come home 🙂
All in all, this was a great urban fantasy academy novel and I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ONE!!!!!