- Title: Dragon Heart
- Author: Cecelia Holland
- ISBN: 9780765337948
- Page: 367
- Format: Hardcover
America s most distinguished historical novelist steps fully into the realm of fantasy and makes it her own.Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial But there is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle King Reymarro is dead in battAmerica s most distinguished historical novelist steps fully into the realm of fantasy and makes it her own.Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial But there is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle King Reymarro is dead in battle, and by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor s brothers She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother, but a second arrives, escorted by soldiers While Marioza delays, her youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his mute twin, Tirza, who needs to be present for the wedding.As Jeon and Tirza return by sea, their ship is attacked by a shocking and powerful dragon, red as blood and big as the ship Thrown into the water, Tirza clings to the dragon, and after an underwater journey, finds herself alone with the creature in an inland sea pool Surprisingly, she is able to talk to the beast, and understand it.So begins a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.
Recent Comments "Dragon Heart"
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2015/09/10/bDragon Heart has a delectable premise, touting a princess, a dragon, and a castle by the sea. Its cover and description also suggests a traditional epic fantasy, but with an author who is a renowned historical fiction novelist at the helm, you just know there will be more to it than that. Indeed, the book definitely turned out a lot different than I expected, though perhaps not in the way I would have liked. I wish I could give it a m [...]
I hate to negatively review books, but with this one, I was so disappointed I felt I had to say something. I loved the first part of this book, with Tirza and the dragon. Once they part ways, the story, for me, fell apart. I loved the cover, and loved the title, and felt that somehow, this should be a dragon story. It wasn't. It wasn't really even Tirza's story. Very disappointing.
I'm very impressed with this novel. It is so tightly written and so well paced that I can't really find anything negative to say about it. Dragon Heart is one of those fantasies you can enjoy without committing to a sprawling series or a single huge tome. I have no idea if Holland planned sequels. It is not impossible to write more in this setting, but the story in Dragon Heart doesn't require it. Some readers may find it a bit too concise, preferring to spend more time with the many point of vi [...]
Won this book in the First Reads giveaway.It was okay. The writing is good enough for me to be interested in the authors other work. I just don't think I'm really into medieval style high fantasy that is full of castle politics. Like other reviewers, I was kind of disappointed that the book didn't focus more on Tirza. I found myself skimming parts that were from the POV of Oto or his family members.Also, there is no reason given for why Tirza doesn't have some form of communication with her fami [...]
Great adventure, lots of conflict. A five star read.
I got this book free from First Reads. It has a dragon on the cover; what's not to like? Sadly, I wanted to enjoy this book more than I actually did.The dragon appears only in the first chapter and at the very end of the book. There's a questionable scene of him licking Tirza that reads as sexual abuse, or at least harassment. There's one main plot - "the Empire wants control of the castle/kingdom" - but the narrative keeps jumping off at angles to itself, much as the royals keep haring off doi [...]
Well, that was brutal and strange and not at all what is promised by the blurb and cover.
Jeon's sister Tirza has always been a strange creature. She understands those around her, but when she tries to respond, everything comes out sounding like animals noises. Her family still loves her, but her life is full of frustration due to her inability to communicate. DRAGON HEART opens with Jeon bringing Tirza home after banishment to a faraway convent. On the ship ride home they are mysteriously attacked and events lead to Tirza finding herself in a secluded cove that belongs to a sea drag [...]
The cover and title gave me one impression of what the story would be about, but I found something else in the read.An ancient kingdom is under siege from the larger Imperial forces. The sea kingdom's army has been broken and their king killed. The queen must remarry into the Imperial family to take over the rule benevolently, but she's not willing to go quietly . Nor are her large collection (5) of children each of which gets their own point of view scenes. So the struggle is set for rule of th [...]
Previously published at TheQwilleryI was really looking forward to this book. I'm a hug fan of historical fiction and was excited to see how Cecelia Holland would translate her skills into writing a fantasy story. From the back cover description I got the idea that Holland was looking to modernize a fairytale with the talk of a sea side castle, princess, princes and dragon. Sadly, I was disappointed.Holland does a wonderful job at creating atmosphere and world-building for her story. I enjoyed g [...]
Overall, I found this book incredibly disappointing. I wanted to like it, and even though I decided early on that it wasn't any good, there were aspects of it that kept me reading in hopes that it might improve. It did not. Rather, it continued on in this mediocre state, woven entirely of the very very good and the very very bade good1. There is a dragon.2. The protagonist is a mute princess, who the dragon holds captive/befriends (it's complicated).3. Good family relationships -- mostly between [...]
For a book called Dragon Heart there not enough dragon in it I think.Apart from that major grumble this is a nice enough read.There are a bit too much viewpoint characters in my opinion, and I'd have liked a bit more in the way of world building, but overall the story is interesting once you get over the fact it's more about Castle Ocean than it is about a dragon.Some of the names were confusing. There's one character named Broga, who is a man, but I kept forgetting who he was, because Broga sou [...]
Huh. I feel like I didn't "get" this book. There is a lot that I still don't understand: about the main characters, about the country, about the dragon, about a LOT of the relationships, about the magic (or not), and about how everything ended up. This doesn't bother me much, though, because I wasn't interested enough in any of the characters to worry about them. I do not insist on liking characters; I do insist on being interested in them. The set up and descriptions of the characters was just [...]
Click for the full review on Weighing A Pig Doesn't Fatten It.I started this book with the wrong expectations. The title, the text on the dust jacket, the cover art and the Kim Stanley Robinson quote on the cover – “Holland’s vision is constant, and her books keep going deeper. This time, she takes the sea dragon and the castle by the sea and plunges them right into your subconscious.” – all promise a story about, yes indeed, a dragon. That, Dragon Heart doesn’t deliver.()Holland’s [...]
At the end of the day this book just felt pointless. It felt incredibly unsatisfying because nothing was ever really explained (either directly or indirectly). We had all these characters who felt like they had such potential and then nothing happened except they died. We know literally nothing about what happens to the castle, or the people, or Casea, or really anything. We never found out what the boar was supposed to signify (though we can have some guesses) or why the family probably had dra [...]
I'm left ambivalent.I wish I could give 3 1/2 stars.The possibilities were great. A royal family with some connection to the sea. Wish that had been made clearer.An evil empire trying to take over at any cost.People dying/being murdered left and right. A castle that is alive and seemingly sentient.A potentially fascinating young woman who cannot speak, but has somehow never worked out any form of communication with anyone, even her siblings. And a dragon. A character of great ambiguity. Is he ev [...]
Mckillip and Martin influences are strong with this one. The story was too thinly spread, I feel like it could have been great. If the author stuck to the girl and dragon part, possibly minus the tongue-molesting. Will not be reaching for a book by this author again. The words were dry and clunky. I just couldn't see the story taking place in my head.
This book was very uneven. The sexual tension was out of place and unrelated to the flow of novel. Why no one could communicate with the mute sister was never explained. It just lacked the substance that historical fantasy fiction that is usually expected from an experienced author. Cover does not depict dragon as he is described in book.
I liked the beginning of it, though then after she escapes the dragon and get's back home, it lost my interest to be honest. When the dragon come's back and she leaves with him was great.I feel like the story would have been better without all the murder's and backstabbing each other
I am disappointed. The dragon isn't in much of the first half I read after tongue-raping the MC for reasons I don't understand. Otherwise it's mostly political plot of fighting between nobles and writing that just didn't work for me.
Fantasy with tantalizing glimpses not well-developed. Very somber.
For a book that had a dragon on the cover and in the title, I kind of expected him to be a bigger part of the story.
Read too much like a fable to my tastes. The titular dragon was disappointing, and the plot didn't engage me.
Too implausible for enjoyment.
Dragon Heart started off very strongly and it felt original/unique when it came to its writing. When the main character interacts with the dragon. I feel as if that was my favorite part. However when the main character leaves and makes her way back to her kingdom was still good too. Yet when the book carries on to the politics of the realm, that's when the book feels a little disjointed. The main kingdom is at war and politics are good however makes question what was the whole point the dragon a [...]
Decent but not the book I thought it was going to be based on the beginning.
Needed more DRAGON scenes!
Many other reviews hit on the same points so here's a quick summary:This book begins very well: the young princess Tirza, who is unable to speak (except in growls and other unintelligible sounds) is retrieved from the monastery where she has been kept and brought back to her home, Castle Ocean, by her twin brother Jeon. Enter the dragon and like many others have said, the first chapter is probably the best part of the book, although you won't know it for a while.Before Tirza returns to the castl [...]
I've been reading Cecilia Holland from some point in the early 70s and with the aid of several good library systems and my wallet I believe I've read almost all her fiction, including the YA books. In the early years I was drawn to her depiction of historical periods as completely unromanticized and often harsh. Her language was usually jolting. Even though I'd read enough to expect the short precise sentences and clipped dialog I always had an adjustment period when starting a new book. Sometim [...]
Things are in flux at Castle Ocean. The ruling family is devastated by the death of the king in battle. The ruler of the Empire he was in war with is determined to rule the kingdom and sends one of his brothers to marry the grieving widow. She manages to put off the wedding until all of her five children are there to attend the ceremony. The eldest son, Luka, is considered the new King by the inhabitants of the kingdom but the ruler of the Empire plans to put an end to that. The other son, Jeon, [...]
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