All this may seem like old news, but for seventeen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.
I have to say that I did not like this instalment as much as the previous one in the series. Elena continues her adventures in Paegeia but this book seems to focus much more on the romances and boy problems of Elena than the previous one. She continues her schooling but those parts are much more suppressed and mostly relegated to grumblings about how difficult it is and how little Elena understands. There are no real development in this area. Actually Elena never really seems to grow much in terms of character and maturity and she definitely needs to grow in maturity since that part of her starts to become somewhat annoying.
There are some interesting events taking place though and the book is not unpleasant to read. It is however somewhat predictable and the basics of the events where not that surprising. I did like the parts where Elena “ascends” and her abilities are revealed. I did suspect that this was what was going to happen. Actually I hoped for it. Of course Elena had to spoil it somewhat by whining about that as well.
I cannot help comparing this book series to Christopher Nuttall’s somewhat similar (emphasize on somewhat) Schooled in Magic series. Both book series have the same core story idea. Young girl whisked away to fantasy land and put in magic school. There are fewer dragons in Schooled in Magic of course. Whereas the heroine in Schooled in Magic is intelligent, hard working and rather mature Elena is much more a classical teenager. Whining a lot, not very intelligent and loses focus rapidly when a handsome boy steps into the room. The Dragonian series has much less depth and focuses a lot less on the actual education and skills development of the lead character than Schooled in Magic. I considered the previous book to be borderline young adult but this one falls quite squarely in that category.
I thought this series had quite some promise after reading the first book and I still do but of the two books published so far this is definitely the lesser of them. I hope that he next book focuses more on Elena’s advancement in her schooling as well as the principal bad guy and less on boy issues.