In a war-torn world, a careless act of destruction wakes a creature of myth and legend - a dragon. Mankind unites to battle for survival, but when dragons enter the fray in human form... humans lose.
Three decades later, Cecily lives in an enclave with her father and brother. Ignorant of life before the war, she placidly obeys the restrictions imposed by dragonkind.
Stifled by court life, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, commits a petty crime. To avoid punishment and chronic boredom, he escapes to the enclave. His arrival sparks increased tension when he meets Cecily. She realizes the limitations on her freedom, and Derek discovers his life is built on a lie. Their forbidden friendship threatens to splinter the separation between their people, but something more dangerous occurs.
A mysterious killer has kidnapped Cecily's mother - and seems to be stalking Cecily. Derek and Cecily must defy the rules of their society to find and stop the murderer before Cecily is next.
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I loved this book! I found it to be refreshing and a unique spin on a story about dragons. The author tells the story in such a way that the dragons are much more relatable and not just fire breathing monsters that just want to kill humans.
In this story dragons have the ability to take human form and have integrated themselves in to human society as the ruling class. I have never before read a book where dragons were able to take human form and I immediately loved the idea. Even though the dragons appear human on the outside does not mean they act human. They are able to put people in to a trance using what is referred to as ‘The Call’ and that is why they are able to rule over the humans so easily. They are far more advanced than humans in every subject imaginable and look at humans kind of like we look at animal, uneducated and far below us in intelligence and pretty much everything else.
For some strange reason the Dragon Prince, Derek, has decided he wants to attend a human high school. He has never been like most dragons and does not look down on humans. He just sees them as different then dragons and he wants to really observe them and get to know them outside of the dragon run areas. In these areas humans act as complete lackeys, for self-preservation reasons of course, but still acting nothing like how they do away from dragons. I loved reading the story when it is told from his perspective. It is funny to see him trying to fit in when he is so alien to the human teenagers. In fact one of my favorite parts is when he tries to smile, because that is what humans do to set each other at ease. He opens his mouth widely in a grin and then he can't understand why the humans suddenly become more scared of him after he does it. Gee…can’t be those crazy sharp dragon teeth can it?!
Derek is such a great character. He really struggles to be a good person and he wants to be a good ruler. When he falls in love with Cecily, one of the human girl’s at the high school, life for both of them gets very complicated. They are both caught up in the problems between humans and dragons, not to mention the fact that despite looking alike they come from two very different species. Life gets even more complicated when Derek’s brother and competition for the throne, Sahak, finds out about Cecily. Sahak is evil and ruthless and will stop at nothing to inherit the throne.
Throughout the book there are also diary entries interspersed in the story that describe the war that was fought between dragons and humans and how the dragons were able to seize power. These diary entries lend a lot of depth to the story, especially after it is revealed who the author is.
The ending of this story is beautiful but of course leaves many questions unanswered so that we can’t wait to get hold of the second book. Overall this story is wonderfully written and will make you believe in destiny and true love all over again.