Monday, 16 February 2015

Book: The Reluctant Lord by Michelle M Pillow

Title: The Reluctant Lord
Series: Dragon Lords (#7)
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Sci-fi, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: 27th September 2013
Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 Prequels & Sequels Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 

(^ I'm trying a new review format considering that I only have a couple of reviews lined up at the moment).

Lady Clara of the Redding has been trained her whole life to be a perfect lady. Not to touch anyone, nor to show emotion. To wear a certain style of clothing, but most importantly, to only marry nobility. As the last of her numerous siblings to find a partner, everyone's eyes are on Clara to marry and to let her sisters' out of stasis to have their babies. Forced to Qurixilian, she is introduced to the nobility, and finds a match in Lord Vladan, Ealdorman Honory of the Draig and High Mining Official. As soon as they are alone together, Clara finds Vlad slipping through the cracks in her shield and letting her own personality shine through, but will it be enough for their marriage to survive?

I think The Reluctant Lord is my favourite of the Dragon Lords series so far. I just loved Clara as a character, and felt that she grew a lot as a character without actually fighting with her husband to do that. In fact, from the beginning Clara and Vlad's relationship seemed to work quite well, with them both being interested in each other.

Vlad did have to take some time to work past Clara's outer shell, but that was to be expected considering the upbringing she had had. I thought it was interesting watching Clara's demeanor towards him and other memebers of the Draig as she became more used to the emotionally open race. More than that though, she recognised that she had been loved in her childhood, but would have preferred to have had it shown, and that was what she planned for her own children (all 20 of them!)

I found learning about Clara's culture was fascinating, and I kind of want to know more. She came from a planet where 20 siblings was to be expected, but they couldn't have children themselves until the last sibling married. It was a society with a lot of rules and would make an interesting dystopian setting in my opinion.

There were two other issues that were resolved in this book, the first was the Tyoe, the alien race threatening to invade the shifters' planet, and the second was to do with the ceffyls liking solarflowers and not having a very good live birth rate. The latter was something I hadn't given much thought to but actually had a satisfying conclusion.

I'm half looking forward to The Impatient Lord (because I love the series) but also half wanting to put it off...I don't want this to end!