Book Talk: Recovery

Posted March 4, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: RecoveryRecovery by Amy Rae Durreson
Series: Reawakening #3
Pages: 370

Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.

Also in this series: Reawakening, Resistance
Also by this author: Reawakening, The Court of Lightning, Gaudete

Disclaimer: Amy is a dear friend. I did not receive this book for review and have done my best to account for bias.

Recovery is the third book in Amy’s Reawakening series. While it can be read on its own, I recommend reading the books in order to get the best understanding of the plot possible. Though these books feature new characters all the time, the overarching narrative builds on one another and is made richer by knowing what happened before.

Point in case, the protagonist of Recovery, Raif, was a prominent secondary character in Resistance and the events of that book are a large part of his motivation in this book as he sets out to find and wake the dragon Arden.

Recovery again takes place in another part of the world. This time the main location is a city-state roughly inspired by Venice. The Shadow has found a foothold here too. Like in Resistance, romance takes a bit of a back seat to the fantasy plot, which given that Amy has always impressed me with her ability to write fantasy politics delighted me no end. (Amy is at her best writing banter that may or may not hide plotty backstabbing, imo. It’s glorious. <3)

What I liked a little less was that part of the romance plot was particularly predictable. While I love Raif and the subtle way his personal narrative unfolds, I was really excited to explore the relationships between a dragon and a mortal, but as that would result in a HFN rather than a HEA, plot shenanigans happen. (Actually, that’s unfair. They’re well-handled and deliciously subtly integrated and gave me many retrospective squees when the pieces came together. But. Also. It is a pattern with the books and I just would have liked more of a chance to explore these dynamics more than the book did.)

All in all, though, it’s a great addition to the series and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next. (And not just because it strongly hinted at more selkies. ^-~)

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