Legend of the Oceina Dragon by J.F. Jenkins.


Book One in The Dragon Saga.

Kindle Edition, 187 pages

First published February 21st 2011

Tai lives on a small island where water dragons fly overhead and there are priests who communicate with them. Every eight years, a sacrifice is made to one of the dragons. A pure young woman of their choosing will be presented to the dragon for, it is thought, consumption. The truth? Those dragons can turn into men, and the girl they choose becomes their bride.

Darien has been watching Tai from afar for years, hopelessly falling in love with her. Once they are married, Darien takes Tai to the mainland, far from her island home. She can never return, as everyone thinks she is dead, and the dragon’s secret must be kept hidden. Tai is unimpressed with being forced into a marriage with Darien, but promises to stick around – at least for a little while.

Darien’s father is the Great Dragon Lord of the Water, and seems to be grooming Darien to follow in the political ways, so Darien keeps having to leave his new bride to attend meetings with his father, much to his despair. Still, Tai seems to be thawing towards him. But what will it mean for the couple when the fire dragons threaten the water dragons?

This was such an amazing idea for a story, and there are so many cool aspects involved as you read it. The flaw, for me, is that it seemed kind of rushed and jumpy. Also, I wish that the world building had been more developed – Legend of the Oceina Dragon was set in modern times, which interested me, as the idea of a small island being protected by dragons with a whole dragon related religion just seems so opposite of modern. I wanted to explore that some more, but this book, at least, didn’t quite deliver.

Still, I feel like this series will get better as it goes on, so I am going to read some more and see how it goes.

My rating: 3/5

Goodreads rating: 3.67/5