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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Take a step back in time to a world when dragons flew the skies, travelers arrived on horse or foot, and trading caravans of horse carriages still existed. Branin is one of a rare breed, a dragon shifter or dragshi, that can change form from human to dragon and back, but he is the last. There hasn't been another born in over three hundred years, and Branin has been alone. The dragshi can mind speak, and one day in flight Branin hears someone in his mind; all he is able to get is her name, Anastasia. That is enough - he puts everything and everyone he can into finding her. Anastasia is a trader girl of immense intelligence, but feeling alone and that she doesn't quite fit in. When she meet Branin, her life feels so much richer, but he keeps distance between them and she doesn't understand why. Dragon Destiny is Branin and Anastasia's story of finding each other and of awakening in her the sleeping dragon that only Branin believes is there. Helen B. Henderson gives the reader a powerful tale of young love, of holding back, of understanding and of making life work.
Dragon Destiny is Book One of the Dragshi Chronicles and I can't imagine where the series will go from here! This book not only has Branin and Anastasia's love story, it has the jealous ex-girlfriend, although she thought she was more important to Branin. Actually, she thinks she is more important than anyone; she takes the cake when it comes to narcissism, but she makes for some great reading at times. Author Helen B. Henderson is refreshing in that this book takes you out of the modern world for a time. You can read and relax in the calm of a world with no beeps, bings or bells. There is a richness in her writing that allows you to get into the characters and feel for them; you want them to succeed, and not just Branin and Anastasia, the other characters in the book, the old ones, or the true dragons and the other dragshi. You find yourself being pulled into the story and not wanting to put it down. There is no sex at all in the book; there is some violence, I'm talking highwayman attacks on the trail and animal attacks, but they are not graphic at all. I would easily recommend this to teen readers all the way up to adults. Worth reading and one enjoyable read!!