Book Review: One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Heartstrikers Book 2) by Rachel Aaron

Julius and Marci are happily living and working in the DFZ when they get pulled right back into trouble, this time with Vann Jeger, the dragon hunter, and Estella, the dragon seer of the Heartstriker's rival clan. When allies and family members are compromised, it will be up to Julius, Marci, and her bound spirit to save themselves and Julius's family.

Title: One Good Dragon Deserves Another
Book Number: Book 2
Pages: 487
My Rating: 4 Stars
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This was a great continuation of the series!

I liked all the same great things that I liked in the first book. The dragons were cool. The plot and pacing were excellent and kept me gripped and wanting more. The characters were unique and interesting and mostly likeable, despite whatever flaws they may have. There was even some humor throughout the book; these books aren’t too heavy, at least not so far in the series.

What really stood out this time though was the whole cast of characters and seeing so many of the Heartstriker siblings work together. It turns out they’re not all as bad as Julius originally thought. Some of them show in this book that they clearly are capable of caring about one another, whether they’ll admit it or not. Like Chelsie, who is universally feared as the enforcer but who finds loop holes to get out of killing siblings who don’t deserve it. And Justin, who is hard-headed and prideful but who’s been there for Julius when he needed help. And Amelia, who is a typical dragon in many ways but who can recognize and return loyalty when she finds it. And of course Julius, the nice dragon, and Marci, the enthusiastic mage, were still such easy characters to like and root for.

We even got to learn more about the world, the magic/spirits, and the dragons’ homeland in this one. It turns out Marci’s spirit cat, Ghost, is not exactly the little death spirit she thought he was, but I won’t say any more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything 😉

Anyway, this is turning out to be a great series so far with lots of action, lots of magic, and lots of lovable characters!


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  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    And already you’ve surpassed where I’ve read to with this series. Your review is making me want to sit and read this series because I’ve seen plenty of good things which is why I was convinced to read the first book. I had wanted to see more of Julius’s family and seems you get that here. I’m glad to see the parts you liked (and I did) are still here the second time around.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol I’m actually on Book 5 in my reading, so I’ve definitely surpassed you. You should get back to it, it’s a great series! And you definitely get a lot more of Julius’s family as it goes on!

  2. Olivia Roach

    I love series with fleshed out characters so much because I am a huge fan of brilliant secondary characters so when there is a cast like that there is boung to be one who I am going to fall in love with and enjoy all the scenes they appear in. So happy you’re adoring all of these characters so much 😀