Season of the Dragon

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
484 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2023
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Author Biography

Natalie writes fantasy and science fiction that transports readers to worlds of magic, myth, lovable misfits—and dragons! Natalie’s most recent book is Season of the Dragon, a first-in-series epic fantasy. Season of the Dragon won a silver medal in the Young Adult Epic Fantasy category in the 2023 Readers’ Favorite Awards; was chosen as an Editor's Pick by Publisher's Weekly's BookLife; and was named a Top 10 Epic Fantasy by the world’s largest book distributor, Ingram. Natalie’s next book, The Saga of Ilkay and Collected Stories, is an all-ages-appropriate illustrated storybook/anthology related to Season of the Dragon and will be released November 16, 2023.

Natalie’s other titles include the award-winning H.A.L.F. series and Emily’s House which has been read over 2.1 million times on Wattpad.

Natalie is a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Association (SFWA), and a judge in the NYC Midnight international short story writing competition. She appears frequently on writer panels at conferences and book events such as the Nebula Awards and Publisher’s Weekly’s BookLife Author Forum. She also co-hosts the popular SFF podcast, Tipsy Nerds Book Club.

Natalie lives in Arizona with her husband and two ornery cats and visits her college-age son frequently in NYC.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

In Season of the Dragon by Natalie Wright, Quen Tomo Santu stands apart from the people of Solia due to her Nixan, a changeling's "shadow soul" that harbors the potential to grow from calm to calamity. Though her father instilled in her the virtues of tranquillity, everyone living thing, including animals, flee from her presence. Quen's father wishes for her to study at Pillar of the Way of Water, yet her destiny takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of Kentaro Nevara, a commanding mage of the dragon cult. Bound by her late mother's promise, Quen is obliged to accompany Nevara, who pledges to aid her in mastering her Nixan's initial metamorphosis, warning her that tragedy will follow unless she complies. In the wake of a vicious dragon attack that claims the life of someone dear to her, Quen and her brother Rhoji set off with a group of vigilantes on a perilous quest to vanquish the dragon.

“I want people I love to be free from harm. I won’t be responsible for more death.” Season of the Dragon by Natalie Wright is the first book in the epic fantasy Dragos Primeri series, and it is an ambitious one at that. Wright paces the novel at a speed that allows for the necessary backstory and worldbuilding to occur as we learn what we must in a new fantasy adventure, and she achieves this without compromising the novel's most important themes. It's not uncommon for a fantasy plot to be swallowed up by unnecessary detail and lengthy information dumps, but Wright avoids these with the polish and panache of a truly gifted storyteller. I love that we are able to actually witness Quen's metamorphosis in this first installment of the series. It is not a dangling carrot, it is a deeply moving transformation that has a traumatic impact both physically and emotionally for Quen, and also for another for whom she has intense feelings. Season of the Dragon is a beautifully woven coming-of-age hero's journey, complete with good and bad players, a bit of romance, and an ending that won't have you cursing over a cliffhanger.

K.C. Finn

Season of the Dragon is a work in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres. It is best suited to mature young adult readers and the general adult reading audience for moderate references to sexual situations and fantasy violence and some mild explicit language throughout. Penned by Natalie Wright, this compelling and action-packed epic takes us into the world of the Dragos Primeri series through the eyes of our protagonist, Quen. Plagued by the curse of a second soul, others sense the darkness in Quen and fear her, though she cannot understand why. But when tragedy strikes, the anger in Quen’s heart awakens her hidden powers, and she begins to understand her true nature.

Natalie Wright starts us off with a bang on opening the pages, filled with intelligent and inventive concepts that will have you racing through the adventure to every stunning twist and startling conclusion. I was enthralled from the start by Quen, whose initial lot in life is not a happy one, and things certainly get a lot worse for her before they ever have the prospect of getting better. Her emotional journey is exciting and unpredictable, with palpable darkness that one rarely finds in a central fantasy protagonist. This makes her an emotionally complex hero figure that is easy to root for, but you also feel that you know her deeply by the story’s end. Overall, Season of the Dragon is an immensely well-penned fantasy work that I can highly recommend, and I can’t wait to see what more the series has to offer in the future.

Asher Syed

Season of the Dragon by Natalie Wright is a fantasy saga and book number one in the series Dragos Primeri. Inside Quen's body beats two hearts, one that is human and a second that is something else, and something that all who come in contact with her deeply fear. In the absence of her mother, Quen's dad has spent years helping Quen establish a calm grounding, something readers see the significance of as the story continues. The arrival in the town of Solia by a dragon mage with news of Quen's fate makes any hope Quen had for being seen as 'normal' dissipate in a single heartbeat. Her mom made a pact and Quen's life is not her own. In the shadow of her dad's violent death by the fiery wrath of a dragon, Rhoji, Quen's brother, joins her and they follow a collective of dragon hunters to slay the beast who plagues them. The danger of this comes full circle when Quen's Nixan, her second being within herself, is shown for what it really is.

Season of the Dragon is a masterpiece in fantasy and I think Natalie Wright's work will find a welcome home on the shelves of readers who adore stories with a young adult coming-of-age leitmotif. Quen has a hard exterior she projects as a self-defense mechanism that has to come organically to a girl who has been ostracized her whole life. As readers, we are lucky to see the sensitive soul lurking inside, one that feels love, pain, happiness, and hope. Unfortunately, she also feels a great deal of fear. For some time it is hard to understand how a mother could literally contract their daughter to Nevara or why the heck nobody told the poor little two-hearted lass what was in store for her. I'm a parent so I totally get wanting to protect a child until the last possible moment that you no longer can, but for goodness sake, I'd love to have been able to have a word with them about why that is a bad idea. Having said that, nothing that Wright does in this novel is without intention, and being able to learn alongside Quen is a frightful, perilous, beautifully composed adventure for reader and protagonist alike. Very highly recommended.

Rabia Tanveer

Season of the Dragon is the first book in the Dragos Primeri series by Natalie Wright. Quen Tomo Santu was always excluded by her community. The townsfolk of Solia disliked her, all because of her second “shadow soul” that could turn her into a beast at any time. All Quen could do was to keep calm and peaceful and stay out of the way. Unmarried and without prospects, Quen wasn’t sure what to do when matters changed dramatically. A dragon attacked their village and killed her father, so Quen and her brother Rhoji joined a group of mages and vigilantes to find the dragon and take their revenge. Quen had no idea that this quest would help to liberate her strength and powers. Quen would come face to face with destiny even if she didn’t want to.

Season of the Dragon is flawless in every respect. Despite it being an epic fantasy, I was not lost in the mix of complicated names and places. Natalie Wright made sure to capture the full attention of her readers with the sheer power of the narrative and not by using fancy terminology. I adored how Quen was created and then developed. Her arc was satisfying and exceptionally well presented. The action is relentless and intense. Quen had to be on her toes and often play catch-up with her abilities, but she rose to the challenge phenomenally. The background building was complex, the plot was intricate, and the details were fantastic. The concept of dragons, magic, and everything in between was crafted perfectly. I loved the sophisticated society that the author created. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series.

Pikasho Deka

Season of the Dragon is the first book of the Dragon Primeri series by Natalie Wright. Touched by Vay'Nada's shadow, Quen always felt like an outsider, even amongst friends and family. But when an unprecedented dragon attack on her hometown leaves her father dead, Quen joins a rogue Jagaru group of mages and raiders to hunt down the beast. Marked as a Doj'Anira, Quen soon finds herself taken as a captive to the capital city of the Kovan Dynasty. Rescued by the Jagaru, Quen reunites with the handsome Aldewin, who wants her to flee north with him to Archon Kine. However, the Sol'iberi plan to bring Ishna the Winter Dragon back to life, and with Quen struggling to tame her Nixan, will she be able to retain her humanity or give in to her shadow soul?

Epic in scale and packed to the brim with action, drama, and romance, Season of the Dragon is just the fantasy saga you have all been waiting for. Author Natalie Wright has built a sprawling world featuring ferocious dragons, unpredictable mages, and powerful factions vying for supremacy in an ambitious tale of a young woman's search for her destiny. Wright's fast-paced plot and vibrant characters pull you in from the first page and keep you hooked until the last. Quen is a conflicted young woman. Her inner struggles and fight for her freedom and identity make her relatable as a character, and you can't help but root for her. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the sequels. All in all, a scrumptious treat for fantasy fans.