Title: A Dragonbird in the Fern
Author: Laura Rueckert
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: 3rd August 2021
Rating: 4/5 stars
When an assassin kills Princess Jiara’s older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the murderer is brought to justice. While the entire kingdom mourns, Scilla’s betrothed arrives and requests that seventeen-year-old Jiara take her sister’s place as his bride to confirm the alliance between their countries. Marrying the young king intended for her sister and traveling to his distant home is distressing enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Jiara abandoned any hope of learning other languages long ago. She’s terrified of life in a foreign land where she’ll be unable to communicate. Then Jiara discovers evidence that her sister’s assassin comes from the king’s own country. If she marries the king, Jiara can hunt the murderer and release her family from Scilla’s ghost, whose thirst for blood mounts every day. To save her family, Jiara must find her sister’s killer . . . before he murders her too.
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A Dragonbird in the Fern is a fantasy meets murder-mystery romance with incredibly well-written characters and a unique and vivid world. This book follows the story of Princess Jiara after the death of her older sister Scilla. While Scilla’s vengeful ghost torments the city and her loved ones, her betrothed requests that Jiara takes her sister’s place as his wife to unite their countries.
Leaving her whole life behind is stressful enough, but with a language barrier and Jiara’s dyslexia it makes her situation all the worse. When she discovers a clue about her sister’s murder she is determined to find them so that her sister can find peace in the afterlife.
I absolutely loved reading this book! The world and the characters were so unique and interesting to read about. I loved Jiara’s character most. She starts off as this sheltered, shy and naive girl that grows into a strong and determined leader.
I enjoyed reading the dynamic of Jiara and Raffar’s relationship. When they meet, they cannot speak to each other without the help of a translator which puts some strain on their relationship in the beginning. But eventually when they are able to talk to each other, they are such a lovely pair and they have great chemistry.
Hope you all enjoyed my review! ❤️ I really enjoyed reading this one! Have you guys read A Dragonbird in the Fern? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Bye guys, happy reading! x
About the Author
Laura Rueckert is a card-carrying bookworm who manages projects by day. At night, fueled by European chocolate, she transforms into a writer of young adult science fiction and fantasy novels. Laura grew up in Michigan, USA, but a whirlwind romance after college brought her to Europe. Today, she lives in Germany with her husband, two kids, and one fluffy dog.
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