Review | House of Dragons – Jessica Cluess

Dragons are something I think is really interesting, but I haven’t read many books yet with them present. When I heard about House of Dragons, I knew I needed to read this book. Not too long ago I did a buddyread and I’m glad that I didn’t wait to pick this one up. Keep on reading for my full review!

Review | House of Dragons – Jessica Cluess

Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?
When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call....
THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.
THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.
THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.
THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free--he must take what he wants.
THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1) by Jessica Cluess
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on 12/05/2020
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback


When I first started reading House of Dragons, I was really afraid that five POVs would be too much, but that wasn’t true at all. I loved that the author chose to give them all their own voice. Not only does it make the story much more interesting when reading the motives and thoughts of each individual character, it made me want to keep on reading. Most times a chapter ended in a way that I needed to know how a character would respond or what happened next.

Jessica’s writing is another reason this was such a fast read. Her words flowed effortlessly and made me feel like I was there with the characters (a stunning map also helped a lot). Even though this story is very much plot driven, I still felt like I got to know each of the characters. I have to say that I didn’t like them all of the main characters, haha. Luckily, my instinct was right about a couple of them.

“A true leader understood that war and peace could be equally dangerous. In wartime, the people could rebel out of anger. In peace, the nobles could scheme out of boredom.

House of Dragons is filled with action from the beginning. I loved how the five chosen to battle to rule the kingdom, were not the ones each part of this world was expecting. Part of me wishes that the books gave a bit more attention to this aspect of the story. Sometimes I needed just a little more from the characters in that way. What I loved the most about this being a plot driven book was the politics. I’m the type of reader that loves seeing how everything “behind the scenes” works.

The part dragons played in this story was also really interesting. I loved that they were more than just pets or ways to get from one place to the next. They all loved their dragons and it was clear they bonded. The role the dragons played near the end made me curious about how this will continue in the sequel. Even though some aspects of this book were predictable, I highly enjoyed reading House of Dragons. Until then, I’ll make sure to read the previous book Jessica Cluess has written. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books!

House of Dragons was a fast paces book and I’ll definitely be reading the sequel when it’s released. I really need to read more books with dragons now. What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!

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