Jan 102014
 
Review: SelaSela (Leland Dragon Series #2) by Jackie Gamber
Published by Seventh Star Press on Mar 16, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Format: eBook from Publisher
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland's mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that's not all.

Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds.

In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland's Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back.

Wanderers seek a home, schemes begin to unfurl, and all is at risk as magic and murder, marriage and mystery strangle the heart of Esra. A struggle for power far older and deeper than anyone realizes will leave no human or dragon unaffected.

In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This may be the second book in the series, but it can almost stand alone. Set in the generation following the first book, this story featured a dragon stuck in human form, whose sole desire is to be herself.

The story sees the return of a number of characters from the first book, as well a whole new generation of characters. I love this mixture of new and old, giving readers a familar basis while providing some exciting new changes. Sela is a strong girl who really undervalues her own worth and strength. She makes a great friend, and is a worthy role model for young readers.

The story is full of great messages about love and acceptance, especially for yourself. Sela’s journeys are as much about herself as they are about others. With a supportive and eclectic group accompanying her, the situations they encounter are both enlightening and entertaining.

Overall, this was a delightful story featuring dragons. It was an exciting adventure, and makes an excellent addition to the series. I can’t wait to read the next one.

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