Once upon a time in a beautiful, dirty, exciting city full of people and chocolate and possibilities, there was a girl so fearless and so daring that...
–Stephanie Burgis - The girl with the dragon heart - c.2018
I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I heard it was coming out, but it has taken me a while to get around to returning to Drachenburg after The dragon with a chocolate heart. Although Aventurine certainly has a role to play in this book the story centers itself on Silke and her journey. She has always had a way with words, her stories have gotten her out of quite a few scrapes and troubles, but now it appears that her gift of the gab has landed her in trouble with the royal family and the visiting royal fairies.
But danger isn’t about to stop her, not when she has a chance to uncover what happened to her parents so many years ago. She is determined to find the truth, as well as a home for herself.
As with the first book in this series it is the characters that make it so wonderful. Silke is very different in many ways from Aventurine, but she still makes for a wonderful narrator.
I also loved the way she is so determined to find a safe place, after years on the outskirts of society, after years of uncertainty, fear, and danger she won’t be happy until she has a permanent safe home, and she knows that she will succeed in finding that security.
I maybe could have done with a little more dragon1 but it is fitting that Aventurine doesn’t get centre stage, Silke is the hero here, as she deserves.
I loved it, and can’t wait for the next book The princess who flew with dragons to be released.
I do love a dragon story ↩