The Last Dragon King by Leia Stone Book Review

The Last Dragon King by Leia Stone

Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

What do you get when you mix the Selection with Fourth Wing? You get a Bachelor style romance with fire breathing dragons. It’s kind of fun until it devolves into drama and chaos.

I love a good dragon story, I also love romance, so I was excited by the premise of this book. And it started out slightly annoying, but still lots of fun. Then it got a bit icky and immature, which was disappointing.

The Last Dragon King Plot

The Dragon King is looking for a wife. This news throws the women in my village into a tizzy. The king will be sending out the royal guard to bring women of childbearing age to his castle in Jade City. There is only one requirement: the woman must carry enough magic to produce an heir for him. I’m a watered-down human with a mere ten percent dragon magic lineage, I know I won’t be chosen, but for some reason the magic sniffers command me to present myself to the king as a possible wife. I’m ready to go to Jade City until my mother tells me a terrifying secret. A secret that could get me killed… by the king himself.

The Last Dragon King Book Review

Arwen is a stereotypical Tom boy girl. She just wants to hunt, she doesn’t want to be a princess, she doesn’t want to wear dresses or better herself, she’s always beautiful even covered in dirt and blood, blah blah blah. She’s meant to be a strong female character, but I just found her weak. Her thoughts rambled and when she faced pain she just wanted to give up and die. I also couldn’t believe that she didn’t want what the king was offering and just wanted to live in dusty, poor Cinder Mountain.

The first part of the story is about the Dragon King trying to find a wife so he can have an heir. There’s lots of girls all vying for his attention, dates and stolen kisses. It’s a lot like the Selection by Kiera Cass. Arwen is obviously perfect because she’s beautiful without trying and loves hunting and swords. She is also adamant that she is more than just her womb. You could start a drinking game based on the amount of times womb is written. She even grabs her womb at one point (like, does she shove her hand up through her cervix?).

The second part becomes pure unbelievable drama and chaos. There’s cheating, there’s back flipping, there’s jealousy. The king does annoying things and then he says something nice or sad and she instantly forgives him and falls more in love. He decides to marry another girl, then warns all men away from Arwen because he’s jealous and she finds it attractive that this man wanted to keep her single while he got married!. There’s icky moments where his first betrothed is murdered and then Arwen and the King are making out the next moment. Or they start getting hot and heavy in front of his dead wife’s grave!

There’s also a weird purity thing that was just cringe. Arwen thinks of herself as pure, or keeping herself pure, or wearing a white wedding dress to show off how pure and wonderful she is. A woman having sex before marriage is even described as a whore. I’m all for people doing whatever they want when it comes to sex, a woman has a choice when it comes to her body, which shouldn’t have anything to do with being pure or being a whore.

The Last Dragon King Rating

3/5

The Last Dragon King was disappointing, especially as I enjoyed the beginning. Maybe just read it until he chooses a wife and then put it down. The rest was just immature.

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