Title: Daughter of the Serpentine (Dragoneer Academy #2)
Author: E.E. Knight
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own.
“As a young dragoneer moves through the ranks of the prestigious Serpentine Academy, her challenges grow greater and her time grows short to draw out a series of deadly threats, in this thrilling coming-of-age fantasy novel.
Sixteen-year-old Ileth is now an Apprentice Dragoneer, with all of the benefits and pitfalls that her elevation in rank entails. But her advancement becomes less certain after a she’s attacked by an unknown enemy, and Ileth begins to suspect that someone deadly may be hiding within the walls of the academy.
Outside of the walls there is a different challenge. The Rari Pirates are strangling the Vale Republic. What they lack in dragon firepower, they make up for in the brutality of their ever-expanding raids, making hostages or slaves of the Republic’s citizens. Surrounded by enemies, Ileth will need to learn what kind of dragoneer she wants to be. And as she makes decisions about her future, Ileth will have the chance to uncover the secrets of her past. Both will irrevocably change the course of her life.(Goodreads)
I kept putting this book off until the last minute because I didn’t want to be disappointed if it ended up not being as great as the first book. Although I enjoyed the characters, I just wasn’t feeling the plot as much. It didn’t live up to the first book but I still liked it for the most part.
Ileth is back and is just as determined to become a dragoneer. In this book her role changes a lot since she is no longer a novice. She also doesn’t do as much dancing for the dragons for either. It was nice to see her do other tasks and socialize with more people. We also get to see her more humorous side!
Old and new characters make there way into the plot. The dragons are still there but I also felt they kind of were on the backburner for this book. I missed reading about Ileth and the dragons together. There are still some moments but they are few and far between.
The plot for this book involves a new threat. From the prologue we get a glimpse and it definitely piqued my interest. The thing is, the pacing is on the slower side and it takes awhile for it to pick up. I’m glad I at least enjoyed the characters because otherwise it would have been a bit hard to get through this one.
The ending felt a bit rushed and I didn’t like how most of the newer characters were just there for plot twists. I never grew a connection with them so I didn’t care what happened to them. 🤷♀️
Overall, I liked it but it was still a bit of a letdown. I will still continue on with this series because I would like to see where it goes.