Review: Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice

Genre: Ya | fantasy
Series: Kings and Sorcerers #1
Goodreads rating: 3.85
My rating: ★


Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the magical source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever (Goodreads).


Oh boy where do I start? This book was a mess. I really doubt an editor looked at this because there were so many typos and even grammar mistakes that it was ridiculous. It was full of info dumps and the author explained the same things again and again, barely adding anything new. Just because you’re now telling the story from a different character’s perspective, doesn’t mean you have to explain the war again. We get it. We’re not stupid. Speaking of which, so much telling instead of showing.

Kyra of course is a special snowflake. She’s been training for like two years but can of course beat an entire army on her own. She knows better than her father, a Commander apparently, and is naturally loved by almost everyone. Boy, it’s surprising that there’s no love triangle yet!
The other characters are just as bland and I wasn’t attached to anyone but Kyra’s wolf Leo.

The summary makes it sound like Alec and Merk are (sort of) main characters as well, and we do get their pov’s, along with the troll king, but it wasn’t much and it barely added anything at all. Alec sort of had his own story, but I really wonder what the point of Merk and the troll king was. And oh my God the troll king was so stereotypically evil. So was the Lord Governor, who is the main villain.

And the plot. Um yeah. So the entire plot felt like the beginning of a book, except A LOT longer and slower. It was so dull and nothing happened. Yeah it’s the first book in a series, so it’s leading up to the rest of the books, but um. Dear Morgan Rice, the way you wrote the first book really doesn’t make me want to continue the rest of the series. Or read any of your other books. And oh my God the ending. It really made me roll my eyes. How convenient how it all ended.

Oh and for a book called ‘Rise of the Dragons’ THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH DRAGONS. There is one. ONE. And it plays a very small role.

I would not recommend this at all, even if it were still up for free at Amazon.

Have you read this, or anything else by Morgan Rice? What was your latest 1-star rating? Let me know in the comments!


The Weekly Hufflepuff #30

So… This is a few days late. I almost skipped it entirely; I was exhausted when I came home on Sunday so I planned on doing a weekly wrap up on Monday, but I came home exhausted again and on Tuesday as well, so here we are! Also to my fellow Dutchies: happy King’s Day! For those of you who are not Dutch: King’s Day is a national holiday in The Netherlands, celebrating our king’s birthday. So what have I been up to this past week in which I barely blogged? (read: blogged once)


I’m still reading Library of Souls. It’s finally getting interesting, but the beginning was so slow and that combined with all of my schoolwork was just a no go.

I also started Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice, which I downloaded for free on Amazon (not sure if it’s still free, but if it is I don’t really recommend it). So far it’s a pretty quick read, but it’s like no editor has read this book and there’s so much telling instead of showing, plus the author keeps explaining stuff he’s already explained. Like he switches POVs and once again explains the war, without adding any new information, which is really annoying.


Right now I’m in the middle of my third week of this term, which is crazy. Where has the time gone?! It feels like only yesterday when we had our introduction day. Anyway, I’m really loving this term even though it’s draining me and I barely have time to blog, write and even read. Last Friday we had English and I love our teacher. He’s hilarious and even gave us a list of puns at the end of class #blesshim

I started watching Cheese in the Trap, since it’s hard to wait for a new chapter each week (it’s based on a Webtoon). I really enjoyed it at first, but the two main leads are slowly becoming supporting characters in the second male lead/supporting character’s story, which is really weird. The main male lead is getting barely any screen time and apparently it will only get worse in the next episodes. I’m not saying I don’t like the second male lead (though he is starting to annoy me, but I’m not sure if it’s his fault or if it’s because it’s slowly becoming his story which it isn’t), I just think it’s ridiculous how much screen time he’s getting, especially since it’s often not important to the story. Him taking out the trash is irrelevant okay.

I went to YalfestNL this Sunday and it was a lot of fun! I’ll write a blogpost about it later on, after they’ve posted our pictures with the authors.

what I posted-2

I judged my old writing again

And that’s it. I do hope I’ll be able to schedule some posts today, since I have the day off.


Thankfully I had some time to read a few blogposts this week! I’m still incredibly behind and I feel so guilty about it

So how has your week been? What have you been reading? Or watching? Let me know in the comments!