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Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers Book 1) (English Edition) di [Aaron, Rachel]
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As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ--a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit--Julius has one month to prove he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons...


Rachel Aaron is the author of six fantasy novels, including the completed Legend of Eli Monpress series about a charming wizard thief and the poor bastards who have to try and catch him, publish by Orbit Books. She also writes action packed, feminist Science Fiction under the name Rachel Bach, starting with fan favorite powered armor romance, Fortune's Pawn. Her bestselling nonfiction writing book, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, has helped thousands of authors double their daily word counts. When she's not holed up in her writing cave, Rachel lives a nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA, with her perpetual motion son, long suffering husband, and obese wiener dog. You can find out more about Rachel and read samples of all her books at

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  • Editore: Aaron/Bach, LLC (13 luglio 2014)
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5.0 su 5 stelle Not your typical hero 16 luglio 2014
Di InternationalBookLover - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Rachel won me over with her Paradox trilogy, and Nice Dragons Finish Last did not disappoint.

It's not only urban fantasy, is kind of post-apocalyptic dystopia too. Sometime in the future, a meteor crashed into the earth, awakening long sleeping magic. The Lady of the Great Lakes, Algonquin woke, flooding the Detroit area and claiming it as her own. Annexed from the US, it has become the Detroit Free Zone (DFZ), home to all manner of spirits, mages, shamans, anyone looking for a place to start over, no matter how dangerous. Her laws care little about humans treat each other (there are vending machines for guns, alcohol and party drugs), but woe to him who dares pollute her waters or endanger her fish. And no dragons. Dragons are forbidden, and she's placed a high bounty on them.

Which is too bad for Julius. His mother, the head of the Heartstriker clan, has bound him in human form and booted him to DFZ in hopes that he will finally make something of himself. The problem is Julius is too nice. There's not much dragon about him. He'd rather pay for services than demand them in exchange for letting you live. He'd rather ask than beat it out of you. And if he's not careful, that kind of attitude is going to get him killed.

It doesn't help that one of his (many) brothers, Bob, is trying to help. The problem with Bob is he is a Seer. All knowing, but not all remembering. He sends helpful texts like, "Duck." And then a few minutes later, "Duck." And then, "Goose." Julius quickly finds out that his family has more than one reason to oust him from the nest and throw him into family politics, and few of those reasons are beneficial to him.

Julius has to find a way to not betray his nature of trust and caring while still earning the respect of his family. If he doesn't, his mother will eat him. And she means it this time.

What I love most about this story is that It's a twist on the whole "tortured soul" hero theme. Instead of fighting his internal desire to be bad and succeeding by defeating those urges and choosing what is good and right, Julius is fighting *external* pressure, when all he actually wants is to allow his good nature to rule his decisions. Most of his life, that has lead him to abstain from any decision making whatsoever, so as not to be forced to choose between societal expectations and internal desire, but to survive his family's machinations, he has to figure out how to reconcile his nature within dragon society. He needs to figure out how to be strong without sacrificing who he is.
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4.0 su 5 stelle So Underrated. Refreshingly great Young Adult book. 13 febbraio 2017
Di Robin Snyder - Pubblicato su
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4.25 Just try to forget I’m watching your every move while silently judging you and make the decision as you normally would based on the information provided. Thank You! <3 <3 Stars

What a breath of fresh air. Where has this book been in my tbr pile I should have dusted it off to read/listened (the audio is really good) forever ago.

Another YA book that proves that you don’t have to have sighing teenagers, whose eye dilate in a spectacular shade of blue and let out breaths they didn’t know they were holding to have tension and a great story. You could just actually have a plot and cool characters. This was actually so good I don’t even want to put it in my YA pile.

Julius is a horrible dragon. He is the scrawniest least dragon like of all his many siblings. He has no ambition to gain power, no drive to hoard treasure and he is nice to humans of all things. His mother has had enough of him hiding out in his room playing on the internet and not being dragonlike so she has bound him in his human form and he has a month to do something Dragon-worthy or she is going to eat him.

I loved this story. Julius is adorable in so many ways and he brought out this mothering instinct in me that made me want to nurture the kid. But it isn’t just Julius, he hooks up with a witch to get a little help and I totally LOVE her. Marci is a fantastic character and she was so much fun with her interesting witchy contraptions, bubbly personality and curious nature. She is hard not to like her but she is definitely has some demons and secrets that might be of a not so nice nature.

But if you don’t read this for one of the best Beta-Boy characters I’ve ever read, read it for BOB.

So let me make sure I’ve got this straight,” Marci said. “The three great dragon seers are the Black Reach, Estella the Northern Star, and Bob?” When Julius nodded, she arched an eyebrow. “One of these things is not like the others.”
“He’s actually Brohomir, Great Seer of the Heartstrikers, but he only answers to that on formal occasions or when he’s booking tables at restaurants.”

Bob is Julius’s favorite brother or at least he will be in about a year according to Bob the Heartstrikers great and powerful seer. Thing is getting caught up in Bob’s potential futures could also get you killed. He was hilarious and one of the best side characters I’ve read in a long time. He seems a little on the cray-cray side but that was part of the fun of his character.

“Don’t get your feathers in a fluff,” he chided. “I’m here to help! I can’t let you have all the fun, can I?”
Julius gaped at him. “What’s fun about almost dying?”
“But that’s the best sort of fun,” Bob replied. “The kind you can look back on centuries later and laugh about. Of course, since I’m always centuries ahead, I can laugh about it right now.”

There was some ground work set and you can tell that there are some bigger dragon politics and machinations going on it the background but the overall story and getting to know the characters, magic and world was a lot of fun. I’m so happy I finally got to this book

I totally recommend it to any Fantasy lover.
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4.0 su 5 stelle A fun twist on the Nice Guy Hero. 18 luglio 2014
Di George - Pubblicato su
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The premise of the novel is dragons who shapeshift as humans, only our hero is stuck as a human by curse. From his mom.

Julian's personal weakness is that he's a nice guy. And Dragons aren't nice. At all. It's pissed off his mother and caused him problems.

But he has decided to embrace being nice. Rachel Aaron has bucked the classic hero prototype that heroes are generally a nice guy because that's their default setting. Instead being a decent person (dragon, whatever) is a burden to overcome. It's a fun twist to make the nice guy thing a disadvantage that he can use to against his foes.

Several characters, especially the quirky dragon seer, Bob, are wonderful. Marci, the mage, is not just a paper cutout female to compliment the protagonist, but is a strong co-protagonist, perfectly willing to kill, while Julian, the dragon is more squeamish about taking life. And Ghost the Dead Cat is quite terrible in an interesting way.

There are lots of references to pop fantasy culture things to find. Some are obvious, some are not, which makes it fun to wonder if you found something intentional or if you are imagining it.

I enjoyed it. And I look forward to the next one immensely.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Uncomfortable start, but entertaining plot. 4 maggio 2015
Di IndigoGeek - Pubblicato su
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Started a bit slowly compared to Fortune's Pawn and The Legend of Eli Monpress, but eventually picked up. I find it difficult to spend a lot of time reading about dysfunctional family dynamics, and that was not only the starting point, but the entire backbone, of the story. It's also unclear how the protagonist evolved to be different (read: have empathy) from his clan members. A bit more background on his growth would have made this more believable - inasmuch as magic and dragons are ever believable, that is. I also cannot conceive of creatures that have lived for millennia being as immature and conniving as the dragons are. One would hope they'd have had a chance to gain some perspective through the years. This aspect, while crucial to the plot, was decidedly off-putting.

As with a lot of sci-fi/fantasy stories, there was a little too much wide-eyed Denial That Anyone Could Like Me For Me stuff going on, and the sitcom level misunderstandings in the romance sphere were a bit eye rolling. Still, with all that said, I enjoy Rachel Aaron (Bach)'s writing, and eventually found the story enjoyable. It doesn't come close to the loving-every-minute-of-it feeling I had while reading the Paradox Series, but her writing is engaging, filled with many of the fantasy elements I enjoy, and easy to read. I was particularly taken with her descriptions of magical mechanics and spellwork. It's easy to make that dull and overly wordy in fantasy, but in this case I wanted to know more - much more.

All in all, a good, solid read.
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Steel rollercoaster 31 luglio 2014
Di FA in Austin - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Really, it's like a steel rollercoaster -- fast, slick and a hell of a lot of fun.

This is a charming urban fantasy, which is a slightly disconcerting thing to say about a story set in a dystopian future. But that's the genius of the book -- it's full of opposing elements which -should- clash, but instead work together. (Dragons and dystopia!) The hereo isn't battling his darker impulses, but trying to find a way to productively channel his inherent--and very un-dragon-ish--kindness. Even the ruthless enforcer turns out to have empathy.

There's a wonderfully deadpan humor to the hero, who really does come off as a mid-twenties slacker -- smart but aimless. And the rest of the cast is very well drawn; even the character who seems to be a simple brawler shows some surprising depth. The world-building is very well done -- the reveals feel very organic, and it's different enough that I'm looking forward to more.

Honestly, I dithered a lot between four and five stars -- the book is a lot of fun, and I'm certainly going to buy the next one. But it was a little too pat to get five stars. It depends on how you want to judge it: It's a 5 out 5 for entertainment, 4 out of 5 for emotional involvement/making the reader think. Honestly, I'd say 4.5, but a 9/10 isn't on Amazon's scale.

A final note: I had no idea this was self-published. I noticed one jarring typo, but I've seen much worse in ebooks put out by traditional publishers. And I'm going to seek out the author's earlier books, because this was extremely entertaining.
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