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Monday, April 9, 2012

Review of Redheart by Jackie Gamber


Jackie Gamber
Seventh Star Press 2011
ISBN 9780983108696

   Enter into the world of Leland Provence where dragons and humans have lived side by side for centuries. A severe drought has caused superstitions to rise and the leader of the dragons, Blackclaw, has an evil plan of his own. He is intent on destroying all humans and wiping them from the face of the earth.
   Kallon, a red dragon who is the last of his kind has turned his back on his heritage and lives a life of basic seclusion. His only friend is the wizard, Orman. Along comes a young human girl, Riza Diantus, who Kallon is drawn to rescue. In order to do this, he must confront his past and face a future that he doesn't believe in. 
   This is the first book in the Leland Dragon Series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to get started on the next one. This is a YA read that is definitely suited to adults as well. I have never been drawn to stories about dragons before; but my opinion has changed with this book. I think that is because you have a friendship here with a dragon and a human. Not only that, there is a human side to the dragon. He has feelings even though in the beginning he wants to deny them. As the friendship develops, you can see something more come to pass that is surely forbidden. 
  The story line is well developed and runs smoothly from the beginning until the end. Kallon has turned his back on his heritage and has been living on his own. Along comes Riza who is an outcast in her own right. She never truly fit in so she ran away from her father and has no intentions of returning. Was it destiny that brought the two of them together? Will Kallon be able to let down his guard and allow himself to have a friend?  This is a story of love, friendship, caring, the ultimate sacrifice, and the road to one's true destiny. If you are looking for a great fantasy story or just an excellent read, I highly recommend this one. 
   I wish to thank Seventh Star Press for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated except to receive the book to review.

I give Redheart 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. I've always liked dragons when they're portrayed as the medieval version of nuclear weapons, as in the Tolkien books, or a Song of Ice and Fire. It's risky to make them cuddly.

  2. devilin, thank you for stopping by.