DRAGON HEART by Cecelia Holland

Reviewed over at Tor.com.

Dragon Heart is a tragedy. An interesting tragedy, at that. But I can’t bring myself to actually like it. It has great characterisation, compelling prose… but it feels peculiarly old-fashioned, and I can’t escape the feeling that I’ve read this story before, that someone else has already done something really similar. (Patricia McKillip, maybe?) And there’s that pervasive undertone of sexual coercion, of violence and violation, that left me—especially at the conclusion—with a greasy, soiled feeling

Review copies

Nine of them?

Nine of them?

Courtesy of Gollancz: Lucius Shepard, LIFE DURING WARTIME; Brandon Sanderson, THE WAY OF KINGS; Robert Holdstock, LAVONDYSS; Anna Caltabiano, THE SEVENTH MISS HATFIELD; Hannu Rajaniemi, THE CAUSAL ANGEL; Pierre Pevel, THE KNIGHT. Courtesy of Night Shade Books: Loren Rhoads, KILL BY NUMBERS. Courtesy of Tor Books: Cecelia Holland, DRAGON HEART. Courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books: Sue Tingey, MARKED.