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."
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★★★★★ By Nathaniel, Hectic Reading Life
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.
Release date: November 3, 2020
Page count: 352
Genre: YA fantasy
Tropes: Sibling bonds, Overcome natural man, Allegorical fiction, Animal symbolism