Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Royal Houses Series
Synopsis for House of Dragons (from Goodreads):
Ten years ago, half-Fae, half human Kerrigan Argon was discreetly dropped off onto the steps of Draco Mountain with nothing but a note. Her life changes completely as she’s swept into the care of the House of Dragons—an elite training program for gifted Fae.
On the year of her seventeenth name day, each student will be chosen by one of the twelve tribes of Alandria to enter society.
Everyone is chosen, except Kerrigan.
So, she strikes a bargain with the Dragon Society: convince a tribe to select her or give up her birthright forever.
With the unlikeliest of allies—Fordham Ollivier, the cursed Fae prince, who escaped his dark throne—she has to chart her own destiny to reshape the world.
Series: Royal Houses
I think it is set in the same universe as the Ascension Series
Author: K A Linde
# of Books: 4 (Full Reading Order Here)
Book Order: Chronological
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Dragons, Romance, Action
Heat Rating: Cool
Point of View: Third Person, Multiple
Publication Date: October 2020 – ongoing
Source & Format: Public Library–Audiobook
**This post was originally published as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
K A Linde has published a number of books in the last few years and I mostly read her contemporary romances. But I really liked her Blood Type Series which was a New Adult Paranormal series with vampires, so I was curious to see what she would do with a YA series about dragons.
What I Liked:
I was really captivated by the world this story takes place in. I found the hierarchy of society to be very interesting and complex. The idea of a boarding school that trains people to fight so that they can be recruited by elite families is something you don’t often read about. There’s a lot of potential for political intrigue and deceptions as people grapple for power and control.
I’m also a sucker for Fae stories so the blending of dragons and fae together was a fun take.
–Lots of Players but Easy to Follow–
I love stories with multiple characters so having the large cast here was great for me. It just adds layers to the story and keeps the plot moving. Because when Kerrigan’s plot line ran a little dry, I found some of the side stories kept me pushing forward.
What I Didn’t Like:
–Plot Twists Were Underwhelming–
I sometimes felt like the big reveals just didn’t have the impact that they should. It wasn’t that this story was overly predictable or anything. I guess it was just that the reveals when they happened just didn’t have enough shock to make me go WOW. More like, “oh, yeah, makes sense”. Which is a shame because K A Linde has really thrown me for a loop with some of the twists in the other series I’ve read by her in the past.
–Kerrigan is ‘Meh’–
If you think Kerrigan is going to be a jaded, special snowflake of a heroine, you would be correct. She never wowed me and I found her to be a little boring with her “whoa is me” attitude. I get it, she’s an angsty 17 year old teenage with a complicated past but I didn’t bond with her as much as I would have liked. I like badass heroines and she has her moments but I didn’t become an instant fan. I’m optimistic that as this series progresses, so will her character.
My Audiobook Experience:
I get a little worried when there are multiple characters to follow when I pick up an audiobook because I have a terrible memory and it is so easy to get lost. But this book was really easy to keep up with! It had a very good flow to it.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I’m really intrigued by this world and that’s what I am looking forward to exploring more in the next book.
–February 21, 2022– Books #2 & #3: House of Shadows & House of Curses
The sequels definitely have more a high fantasy feel to them than the “academy” themes of the first novel. The politics of the world, not just Kerrigan’s classmates, shift into focus and we start seeing the bigger picture.
I did find myself wondering if reading these books instead of listening to them would have helped keep all the characters straight. We start to get a few more plotlines to follow and I did struggle keeping some things clear in my mind.
We will see how this all wraps up!
My Rating: 3/5
House of Dragons 3/5 | House of Shadows 3/5 | House of Curses 3/5 | House of Gods TBR
First books in fantasy series have a lot of responsibility to lay down the foundation for the future and I think this one succeeded in doing that. There’s a lot of potential here to bring things to the next level and knowing how K A Linde does that in her contemporary series, I think she can do that here as well.
Read if You Like: YA fantasy, world-building, magic
Avoid if You: want more romance, dislike YA fantasy
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Was initially interested but I don’t think I could enjoy another whiny teenage protagonist..
I appreciate the honesty!
I know what you mean, there are a lot of great draws to this series but Kerrigan as our heroine wasn’t as great as I wanted her to be. I’m hoping that will change as the series progresses.
It’s always a shame when you enjoy a book but not a main character. It throws everything off.
Best of luck with the next one! I’ll be interested to know if she does develop further.. I might actually read these. 😅