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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Dragon Kin by Carolani Day is a perfect and gorgeous offering for fans of young adult urban fantasy and features fully drawn and compelling characters. This story introduces readers to Dani, a young girl who has a strong relationship with Lia. Lia means the whole world to her and Dani hates the fact that Lia’s brother Westen always comes to take her off on vacation, leaving Dani behind. When Lia is attacked before their graduation, Dani fears she may lose her forever because Westen comes to take her away. Although Dani hates the summer and graduation, she does not have time to process what has just happened as she experiences an attack that thrusts her into an adventure she never imagined, including the unwelcoming woods and dragons.
The Dragon Kin is a well-written and cleverly plotted novel filled with adventure. Told in an engaging first-person narrative voice, Carolani Day allows the perspective of the female protagonist to shine through the writing, and the quirkiness in her voice will pull the reader in and keep them engaged as they race from page to page. The author has a gift for character and conflict. Dani’s inner world is beautifully written and I enjoyed the way her silent thoughts are explored. Her worries about losing her best friend are captured brilliantly and Dani comes across as a normal character who is struggling to understand the new reality opening up before her, a world filled with magical creatures. But why is she singled out? The relationships between the characters and the dragons are written in a way that augments the entertainment potential of the story. The Dragon Kin features great writing, a balanced story, and an urban fantasy world that is exciting to explore.