An epic fantasy about dragons, dark secrets, Pendragons, and magic
On the southernmost tip of Wilde Island--far from the Dragonswood sanctuary and the Pendragon Castle--live the native Euit people. Uma, who is half Euit and half English, and not fully accepted by her tribe, wants to become a healer like her Euit father. But the mad English queen in the north, desperate for another child, kidnaps Uma and her father and demands that he cure her barrenness. After her father dies, Uma must ensure that the queen is with child by the time of the Dragon Moon, or be burned at the stake.Terrified and alone, Uma reaches out to her only possible ally: the king's nephew Jackrun, a fiery dragonrider with dragon, fairy, and human blood. Together, they must navigate through a sea of untold secrets, unveil a dark plot spawned long ago in Dragonswood, and find a way to accept all the elements--Euit, English, dragon, and fairy--that make them who they are.
Fantasy is probably my favorite genre the majority of the time (as it does change depending on my mood) and dragons are basically the coolest things in my opinion. So...I hear Janet Lee Carey has a new book out and it has dragons and fairies...I'm in. I've read a handful of the author's books before, some ranging a little too dark for my taste, but I've enjoyed at least two or three of them previously. In fact, I think it was the previous two books in this series (although I don't think it matters very much if you read them out of order, as I didn't remember much from the other books when I read this one) that I enjoyed the most. So I had high hopes for this one and it delivered!
My favorite thing about this book, other than the dragons? The world-building! Reading in the acknowledgments, it's incredible the amount of research the author put into this book in order to create such an amazing world. I loved the traditions of Euit people and the history between the fairies, dragons, and humans seemed almost real, it was that well done. Speaking of the Euit traditions, I really liked how their law against having a female Adan, or healer, helped to grow Uma's character and also have a good dosing of girl power as she manages to triumph the stereotypes of her people. As far as characters go, there were some evil ones, mistreated and misunderstood ones that you came to sympathize for, and then of course the heroic ones. The heroes being Uma and Jackrun, their dragons, and Jackrun's family. Jackrun's family was very fun and close-knit, which was very sweet.
I felt like I got sucked into the story each time I picked up the book and found it hard to put it down when I had to leave it. The plot is engaging and it seems like something is always happening. There's even a bit of mystery as there are a few murders and suspicious doings here and there. There was honestly next to nothing I disliked about this book, sure there are a few spots that are a tiny bit darker. For example, the queen that Uma is trying to heal isn't mentally stable and kills the physicians that can't heal here. She also holds the Euit people captive, keeping royal soldiers at their village and literally kidnapping and blackmailing Uma to help her.
Overall, I thought this was a phenomenal fantasy book. I loved it twice as much because of all the dragons *heart eyed emoji* but the rest of the world the author created and the healing aspects of the book were equally interesting. I thought this was very well written and I got lost in the story and characters very easily. There are some rather dark parts, but for the most part I thought this was grasping and exciting. If you like dragons, fantasy, fairies (the not so Tinkerbell-y kind), and adventures I'd recommend this book to you. I'm giving In The Time of the Dragon Moon 5 out of 5 flowers.
Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.