Title: The last Tsar’s dragon.
Author: Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple.
Publisher: Tachyon Publictions.
Page count: 192.
Release day: July 6th 2019.
Genre: Historical fiction, fantasy.
Rating: 3 stars.
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this arc!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
It is the waning days of the Russian
monarchy. A reckless man rules the land and his dragons rule the sky. Though
the Tsar aims his dragons at his enemies—Jews and Bolsheviks—his entire country
is catching fire. Conspiracies suffuse the royal court: bureaucrats jostle one
another for power, the mad monk Rasputin schemes for the Tsar’s ear, and the
desperate queen takes drastic measures to protect her family.
Revolution is in the air—and the Red Army is hatching its own weapons.
That is honestly my main reason for enjoying this book!
I mean, I also enjoyed the story haha. I really liked that this book took place in Russia, and that it was really realistic. Like it all took place in ‘our world’ and the only fantasy factor were the dragons.
This book switches a lot between POV’s, without clearly explaining each of the characters. Normally I really don’t like that, but for this story it really worked.
The characters were interesting, but there was not so much depth to any of them. Probably because the book was really short.
Also most of the story it was not really clear to me what direction this story was going to take.. So it felt a pointless?! Until like 70% in I guess.
I liked the setting, I really liked the dragons. But I think the story felt a bit flat.