DAW. (Dragon Scales, Bk. 1). May 2023. 352p. ISBN 9780756418410. $27. FANTASY
Morally gray characters take the lead in this multiple points-of-view story. Arcady is a thief, living on the streets of the city of Vatra. After stealing a magical item from the tomb of the most reviled person in history, the Plaguebringer, Arcady plans to start a new life—and find revenge. The theft unexpectedly brings forth Everen, the last male dragon in the kingdom. Everen supposedly holds the key to bringing more dragons back to the world: to bond with the person who triggered his return, and then kill him. Disguised as a human, Everen pairs up with Arcady, but as their individual goals and destinies become intertwined, they find that the survival of both of their worlds may be at stake. Additional subplots keep the action building, and the intricate worldbuilding and surprising plot twists will keep readers enthralled.
VERDICT Lam’s (Goldilocks) newest trilogy is a powerful nod to pursuing one’s own path, wrapped in an intriguing magical system and dragon scales.
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