Dragon Rider

Harper Voyager. (The Soulbound Saga, Bk. 1). Apr. 2024. 576p. ISBN 9780063227576. $29. FANTASY
A royal hostage of the Sabine Empire after his father’s failed rebellion, Jai has taken care of the former emperor Leonid for the last 10 years. Now the current emperor’s heir is getting ready to marry Princess Erica of the Dansk Kingdom. She brings with her a dowry of dragons. Dansk royalty are the only ones who know the secret to soulbond with these powerful beasts to be able to draw on their power and strength, but this alliance could change that. When a betrayal occurs that sends Jai on the run, along with a Dansk handmaiden, Frida, and a dragon hatchling, he must find a way to connect with the magic of the soulbond to stay alive—and get revenge. Jai’s relationships with Frida, Leonid, and his brothers ground the story as the quick pace and action carry the plot forward, and the ending will leave readers wanting to know what happens next.
VERDICT Matharu’s (The Champion) debut adult fantasy is an excellent choice for readers who are enjoying the resurgence of dragon stories.
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