An arrogant dragon. A smart-mouthed priestess. The fate of the world depends on them working together.
Suzume's life is ruined. Exiled to a remote mountain shrine, she is training to become a priestess. A life of poverty doesn't suit her, and she dreams of her old life as a princess. When she accidentally awakens the god of the mountain, she discovers new powers and a whole lot of problems.
The god is a fake. For five hundred years, the dragon was trapped at the shrine. Betrayed by the woman he loved, he needs to find her reincarnation to get his revenge. Since Suzume freed him, he chooses her to help him. But when Suzume discovers she's for, it's a race to seal him again before he finds out.
With new powers come dangerous enemies. The dragon is not the only one she needs to worry about. A powerful monster wants Suzume for his own. Until she can learn to control her abilities, the dragon is the only one who can protect her. They must learn to work together to stop him, if they don't kill each other in the process.
If you loved the fierce heroine from Throne of Glass and the action and adventure of InuYasha, you'll love Nicolette Andrews's The Priestess and the Dragon.
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I quite enjoyed this story; it was an interesting take on Asian mythology and general details. This is a pretty girth-y story and it has a bunch of details and things happening. it also allows for the characters to grow more! Suzume was a typical teenager. She grew up a princess and then that all went kaput when it came to like her mother enjoyed the company of people who were not her husband, the emperor. So she gets disowned and sent away to a temple to become a priestess. The dialogue is a little anachronistic to the ancient times, but I think it makes Suzume more relatable and much more like a 17 year old. Plus, it's a fun fantasy story with dragons, so whose to say that's not how they'd talk.
I think the length of the story helped give Suzume go from spoiled princess to a more worldly individual (but she's still a teenager, so as worldly as a teenager can get). She grows and learns and has a few close encounters with unsavory creatures.
I liked the multiple POVs. It helped get a better idea of what's going on and helped understand other characters. The dragon was an interesting character. He was trapped in stone by his human lover 500 hundred years ago, so when Suzume accidentally releases him, he's noticeably upset. It was fun going through his thoughts as he assimilates to the world that continued on without him.
I look forward to what happens in the next book, as the end of this one sets up the next one.
I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator! She did an amazing job voicing all the characters. I also think she did a good job with the pronunciations because I know would have done poorly! I did listen to it at 1.2x speed, because I thought that improved the storytelling for me.
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