by Mary Beesley
Cal, a hungry sixteen-year-old sick of mining the sand, wants to fit in and make his ma proud, but instead, his violent tendencies bring shame. And the truth. He’s the son of a Draco Sang. Carriers of the Dragon’s blood, the Draco Sang transform into half human half beast as they mature into adults. And if Cal can't control the dark impulses of his dragon blood, he'll grow into a man-beast—and he'll be hunted.
Ferth, son of a Draco Sang chief and last of his class to grow claws, needs to prove his worth to his father, or he'll be sent to the slave house. Hiding his human heart, he joins the army headed south to conquer the fertile human lands.
Neither brother feels they belong. Cal is human, fighting against becoming a beastly Draco Sang, while Ferth is struggling to push back his humanity and transform into a worthy Draco warrior.
Before ever meeting in open battle, Ferth is sent to kill Cal. But when he learns they are brothers, he must decide which loyalty is stronger, blood or country. And whether to finally give in to his humanity.
"This high fantasy release from @monsterivypublishing is deep, gripping, dark, and raw as it tackles the subject of the inner demons we face, and the question of strength when we resist temptation and finally achieve self-control. And that ending! No spoilers, but I absolutely loved the ending! Are you a fan of allegorical fiction? Of animal symbolism? Of witty humor and heavy themes? Of rising from the ashes of societal expectation to stand for truth and justice? All with a rich cultural history and lore? Then this is the book for you!" - Novel-Tea Reads
"I really liked [this] book and hope the next one comes out soon. Cannot wait."
"Thought-provoking and wonderfully crafted, Dragon Blood is a story that brings up hard questions and definitely encourages deeper exploration into the root of evil desire." - Anna, Goodreads
"Loved it - totally worth the wait. I read it in one day. Loved the two main characters, they were complex and well developed. There were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming, so it was NOT predictable. The biggest bummer is having to wait until the next book comes out to find out what happens next. Can’t wait to read the next installment!" - Nikki, Goodreads
"I absolutely love a story within a story and Dragon Blood delivered. Not only was the writing beautifully crafted and vivid, the plot was engaging and sucked me in on page one. Ferth and Cal are instantly relatable in their opposite worlds. I could clearly understand their emotions and struggles as they both tried to conquer/handle the beast within. I am excited for book 2 and hope some things reverse!" - V. Romas Burton, author of Heartmender
"exciting, fascinating, page-turning but also meaningful and important in that way that makes a book stick with you afterward." - Jon, Goodreads
"The character development, the joy, the pain, the twists and turns! It was raw and real and creative all in one! This is my go to genre to get lost in! And lost I did get! I could picture the characters, the lands and homes. I found myself there almost them fighting for good against evil. I cannot wait for the rest of the series and more incredible works of literature from this upcoming author!" - Cherish, Amazon
"What an awesome book! Love how Mary handles the themes of temptation and what it means to be strong!" - Amazon Reviewer
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★★★★★ By Nathaniel, @HecticReadingLife Instagram
I’m gonna start this off by saying that this book made me cry two tears. Mary Beesley knows how to mess with her readers' emotions. She writes in such a way that completely captures you. Not only does she have an amazing writing style, but she has such a bond with the characters. They become so real while reading that it feels like you know them in real life.
★★★★★ By Athena, @OneReadingNurse Instagram
Wow oh Wow oh Wow
This is the second book I have finished this week with a mind blowing amazing ending, and I love every single thing about this book. I think I love the BOLD ending the most
★★★★★ By Book Hunt With Us, Goodreads
I can't even explain how this epic fantasy made me feel. I am obsessed with this story. I loved the author's writing style and the action scenes were so thrilling to read. The characters felt all too real, so much so that I could easily imagine them.
★★★★★ By Laurel, Goodreads
Dragon Blood occupies such a creative and enjoyable fantasy world. I loved the complementary but opposite character perspectives in Cal and Ferth. Incredible writing, creative world building, compelling character arcs, and unexpected plot twists. Can’t wait to read the next one!
Release date: November 3, 2020
Page count: 352
Genre: YA fantasy
Tropes: Sibling bonds, Overcome natural man, Allegorical fiction, Animal symbolism