Sunday, April 7, 2013

Legend of the Inero Dragon by JF Jenkins

Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero are the favorite sons of the great dragon lord of fire. More often than not they get whatever they want. Matt wants to do great things for his people while Jason wants to go off and explore the world. Both can have what they desire, but not until they take a bride and enter into adulthood.

Enter Kat and Gwen, two girls from very different backgrounds. Kat is happy to leave her home when the royal guard comes to bring her to the loving arms of her childhood sweetheart, Matt. Gwen on the other hand is livid to be taken from her farm only to be thrust into Jason’s life, and he’s not too thrilled with the idea either. They have one year to find happiness with each other, or else they will be placed at the mercy of the ruthless dragon lord Lynx. Favorite or not, dragon law must be obeyed.

As their nation begins to prepare for war against a neighboring tribe, the brothers find themselves as key components in the battle plans. A dark prophet has had a vision of Inero victory, but at what cost? Both must decide where their loyalties lie and what they’re willing to sacrifice – including each other – to achieve their goals.

Jewelz Review:
This is the second book in the Dragons Saga. It runs a bit parallel with the first book, Legend of the Oceina Dragon – but this tells the story of the Inero dragons. We learn a lot of information that we were left wanting by the end of the first book. It was nice to see how well developed Ms Jenkins’ dragon world is.

The culture of the Inero is very different from that of the Oceina. Where the Oceina rely on the ruse of a “sacrifice” to secure their brides, the Inero culture has a group of women called the “Elite”. These young women are selected each month and brought before the eligible bachelors to be selected as wives. Everyone knows that if you are chosen to be “Elite” you will live a life of luxury in the castle located in Inero City. The Inero dragons have very large families but, unfortunately, the women are not valued much beyond their ability to produce offspring.

The twins, Matthias and Jason, are an interesting example of how two people, raised in the same environment, can develop very differently. Matt is a true “daddy’s boy”. The apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree here. He and Lord Lynx are very close and Matt has aspirations to one day be the great dragon lord of the Inero himself. While the physical twin of Matt, Jason, on the other hand, is very different in morals and personality. He is not very close to his father and has no political aspirations. Unlike the majority of the Inero dragons, he values women beyond their ability to procreate. This is most likely due to the fact that Jason was raised primarily by his father’s various wives, while Lord Lynx doted over Matthias.

I really enjoyed the continued development of the dragon cultures in this sequel. While the seeds were in the first book, I felt that this one had a little more of a social and religious commentary/undertone than the first book. This is probably due to the further fleshing out of the plot and various dragon cultures. I enjoy a book that has more depth to it than just being an enjoyable read and this fits that bill.

Source~  Astraea Press Book of the Month Club

you can get the kindle book here

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