Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Tour: Review: Avian

Title - Avian
Author - Nicole Conway
Series - The Dragonrider Chronicles 
Genre - YA Fantasy
Published August 26th 2014 
Publisher - Month9Books

What kind of power is lurking inside him? After a year of training to become a dragonrider, Jaevid Broadfeather has been sent home to rest during a three-month interlude. But when he returns to find the king drake has chosen Beckah Derrick as his new rider, Jaevid realizes something big is about to happen. Every fiber of his being is pushed to the breaking point as Jaevid battles through his avian year, preparing for the final graduation test of the battle scenario. But there is more standing in his way than a few pushups and fancy sword moves. Jaevid must face a new fear as he is tormented by a gruesome nightmare of a mysterious gray elf warrior murdering the royal family of Maldobar. It seems obvious to him that this is some kind of message about how the war started long ago—until Felix assures him the king is very much alive. With his strange powers growing stronger by the day, and that violent dream replaying in his mind every night, Jaevid no longer wonders if he will pass his avian year or not—he wonders if he will even survive it. The truth will soon be set loose.

I received Avian in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Chapter by Chapter. Avian takes place right after the first book has ended. Jae and Felix are headed home for a three week break before they start their first year as an Avian. Against Felix’s request Jae heads home unknown what he will find but he wants to see Katty, and he feels he needs to go home. When he arrives he finds his family home abandoned with a letter from his half-brother telling him the house is his. He heads to Katty only to find her flirting with a young man working at the forge and he’s hurt and when she finds him he pushes her away. However his stay at home is quick because he receives word that Beckah needs him so he takes off to where they are staying.

Jae and Mavrik are greeted by the big black king Drake Icarus who has bonded with Beckah and he’s intent on getting his revenge after last time. Out of the darkness arrives Beckha who calms Icarus so that she can greet her friend Jae. She tells him about how the dragon has been protecting there house, about her mother being ill with the baby on the way and they retire to the house. Her father and his former instructor greets them sending her off to bed and Jae soon after. It’s while staying with Beckah that everything changes for Jae he saves a life risking his and transforming himself into an adult version of himself. Now all he has to do is survive his avian training to become a real dragon rider which is going to push him to the limits forcing him to risk it all.

I don’t typically connect as well with male character but I love Jae he’s dealing with a lot trying to survive the training as a dragon rider as well as his own personal demons. I think he’s paired really with Felix as his protector in the first book and friend. Now that Jae isn’t so small anymore he can blossom into a bad-ass character. Felix is a good guy who doesn’t care that Jae is a half breed and treats him like a equal which I really liked. They work well together and even though Jae kept his secrets to protect Felix their friendship just continued to stay strong. I think my favorite character thought would be Brekah what can I say a girl with a dragon after my own heart. Plus she doesn’t see Jae as a half breed. I can’t wait to see what happens with the in the next book.

I originally started the Fledgling series because of my hubby but we both have become quick fans of the series. He actually read Avian before I was able to the moment I sent it to my kindle it went to his too and he jumped at the chance. Avian is the second book in the series that tells the story of Jae a half human and half elf who’s chosen by a wild dragon and thrust into the world his kind of denied. Avian is a captivating story right from the start loaded with action, adventure, dragons, secrets, romance, mystery and even killer plants. The author has taken the dragon concept added her own unique spin to create an amazing story that was hard to put down. It’s one of those books I had a hard time putting down I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen and it kept me guessing. I honestly loved everything about the book it’s beautifully written pulling at your heart strings I even had some tears at the end. The Fledgling series is by far my favorite dragon series out there it’s one that I can see myself reading over and over. I can’t wait to read the next one to see what happens with the characters. 
5 out of 5 stars

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Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.
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