• Heartscale

  • A Thunder of Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Lola Ford
  • Narrated by: Jake Ruddle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Heartscale

By: Lola Ford
Narrated by: Jake Ruddle
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Across the world, two lives are united by one thing - dragons.

In Lutesia, middle-aged farmer Graith isn’t one for adventure. He'll leave that to the young and stupid. But when a dying dragon takes refuge in his barn with the rest of the kingdom hunting her, he doesn’t hesitate to help her. Before she is even fully healed, Azelia reveals she desperately needs to get back to her cave to protect her clutch of eggs. But with her wings still out of commission, Graith worries about her chances of success and decides to accompany her on the journey of a lifetime.

In Situra - a kingdom where dragons select the rulers - Nerie is chosen by Kiriga, the golden hatchling. Raised as a merchant in a middle-class district, she’s shocked to learn that she is the king’s bastard. Thrown into a chaotic palace life unprepared, she’s forced to learn how to be a princess and bond with a dragon - all the while unaware that the machinations of a foreign prince threaten to upend her world again.

Neither Graith nor Nerie are prepared for the chaos that dragons bring.

©2020 Lola Gentry (P)2021 Lola Gentry

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Nerie is chosen by Kiriga, the golden hatchling, and in return she learns that she is not only the King's illegitimate child but now the heir to the throne.

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Fantastic New World of Dragons

So, first priority, when will book two be out? I need it now.

This was a fabulous novel, told primarily by two perspectives that don't intersect until the very end. Graith is a contented middle-aged farmer, but when he meets the dragon Azelia, he sets off on a quest with her to rescue her eggs which have been stolen. Along the way, he begins to collect random individuals. Over the course of the quest, he comes to see them as family. A teenager, Nerie grew up with just her and her mom, but when she attends a dragon hatching, the hatchling, Kiriga, chooses her, marking her as a descendant of the royal line. She gets immediately swept up into the polite society and intrigue that is palace life as she begins training as the crown princess.

I love books that take two storylines and make the readers care about both, but also maintain the mystery of how the two lines come together. Heartscale did that beautifully. I also loved that Graith wasn't a warrior. And he never became a warrior. He was a healer by temperament as well as ability, and as a result, he didn't settle things the way a typical middle-aged male hero often does in this sort of story. Instead, he planned and helped others play to their strengths. Nerie's relationship with her father was also really cool. Royalty aside, it would have been understandable for both of her parents to air their dirty laundry and Nerie to feel caught in the middle. But other than Nerie's mother telling her the story once (which was mostly history, although definitely a bit of blame as well), both of Nerie's parents focused on their relationship with her.

This book grabbed and kept my attention, refusing to let me put it down until it was done. I can't wait to read where the story goes next.

I received a free audiobook from the author and have reviewed it willingly.

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I Listened to this book every chance I could

Very enjoyable experience it was a fun take on the relationship between dragons and humans I really enjoyed it

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Love this book!

I just binged this book! My heart absolutly broke near the end, so I hope it gets figured out in book 2! Funny thing is, I normally don't read books, but happened across this beauty via Tiktok of all places! The book itself is awesome, and the nerration done was fantastic as well! I loved how, even though it was only one person reading, I could hear each of the characters as themselves. Thank you so much, both Lola Ford, for writing this, and Jake Ruddle for narrating! I can't wait for the second book, Shatterscale!

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One to add to my "read again" list!! Fantastic!!

I found this book from a reddit writing prompt response a tiktok creator had read and immediately went to find the thread. Once I realized it was a full fledged book I knew I had to download it because I was hooked. The build up was grwat as it was not to slow and the story flowed well with POVs from different characters. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and how everything came together toward the end, while also ending off on a good cliffhanger, leaving you wanting more. This book will be added to my "read again" list and cannot wait for the next book to come out!