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Monday, September 10, 2012
Book Review: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken
Author: G.A. Aiken
Series: Dragon Kin, book 6
Source: From publisher for review
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Eibhear has been charged with escorting little Izzy back home to Garbhan Isle. Sounds simple enough but Eibhear hasn't seen Izzy in 10 years and they didn't part of good terms. Now a general in queen Annwyl's army, Izzy hasn't forgotten the hurtful things Eibhear said to her and plans to make him suffer for it. Surprise to her, Eibhear's feelings have changed and when given a mission that will take her to the Desert Lands, he's by her side and ready to fight, and warm her bed, whether she likes it or not.
Eibhear and Izzy are one of those pairs you wait for in a series to have their own book. Izzy is the adoptive daughter of Eibhear's brother and I laughed when she or the others would tease at something happening between them because he considered her family and that was unacceptable. Now 10 years later, Eibhear has admitted to himself that he wants Izzy. She gets on his nerves by continually calling him her dear uncle so when they finally have their first sexual encounter, I was a little creeped out. I didn't expect to feel that way because I wanted them to be together but I think now that the family thing has been dragged out so long, it ended up being more weird than hot.
Rhianwen, Izzy's sister, is having a difficult time controlling her powers. Having no other option, her mother Talaith sends Izzy to find her mother Haldane, a Nolwenn Witch, the only person who can help Rhi before she accidentally hurts someone. Since Haldane threw Talaith out on the streets when she was 16 and pregnant, Izzy isn't thrilled with this assignment. Rhi's a sweet girl, something that's rare in that family, and she has been doing powerful things since she was young. She'll always to be a big part of this series so I'm enjoying getting to see her at a young and unstable age.
Rhi is not the only teenager in the spotlight. Talan and Talwyn, Annwyl and Fearghus' twins, also have impressive gifts and wish to seek training away from Garbhan Isle. These three already play big roles in this series with their quests for knowledge and battle, the twins more than Rhi for that last one. I love the strong bond they share and they add their own spin to the series. I can't wait to see what kind of havoc they wreak in future books.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as to what takes place in this book. Scheming gods, witches that seem incapable of showing happy emotions, a crazy dragon strike team that scares even their own kind, teenagers who are more terrifying than their parents, dragons seeking revenge, and even a cult are all part of this book. It all ties into each other but some parts felt over whelming and others felt dragged out. I've read all the books in the series and with everything that took place and all the characters involved, there are some parts I would have been lost without the glossary.
This isn't a perfect book but it's definitely entertaining. I couldn't get into Izzy and Eibhear as a couple but they're still both fearless and hilarious characters. The banter they share with each other and their unorthodox family had me laughing till it hurt. I continue to love how blunt and in your face the characters in this series are and the ending had a great twist that I can't wait to see unfold.