Book Review: Heartstrikers #3, #4 and #5 by Rachel Aaron
Author: Rachel Aaron
Page Count: 517, 512, 311
No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Dragon of a Different Color ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Last Dragon Standing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Series rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The story of Julius the nice dragon continues!
Given that I read books 3, 4, and 5 back to back probably says all it needs to. I freaking loved this series. Bob is probably my favourite character, but whoops, I’m skipping ahead. Let me backup a bit.
The third book, No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, is probably the weakest of the series as we see Julius left to piece his clan back together after the overthrow of his mother. Backstabbing and dragon clan politicking ensue, and for a large part of this book Julius has his hands full arguing with his brothers and sisters. However, in true Marcy fashion, her storyline saves the day as we get to learn more about Ghost and meet some more power players of the magical world.
Side note: No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished also ends on a massive cliff hanger, so have book four ready to go.
Speaking of book four, in A Dragon of a Different Colour, we get to learn more about Chelsea and her closely guarded “What happened in China” secret. We get more dragons arriving on the scene, with some uncanny luck behind them, and a totally bullheaded Chelsea who is willing to do whatever it takes to give her secret safe. From Marcy’s side, readers get to see some fantastically creative worldbuilding—and I can’t say anymore without revealing spoilers other than to say it’s fascinating.
The last book we get to see all the machinations of the first four books start coming together. From Algonguin to Bob to Amelia the scale of Aaron’s worldbuilding and magic systems all comes crashing together, and it’s flipping glorious. Yes, there are a few roundabout discussions where the same arguments are repeated. However, by the same score, I couldn’t imagine our antagonist ever being swayed by a single reasonable conversation, especially when strong emotions and grudges are involved.
Overall, this series is mind bogglingly fun, with fabulous worldbuilding and concepts that I haven’t encountered anywhere else, and a sweet slow-burn romance between our two leads that had me cheering them on all the way to the finish line.
Romance/steam levels explainer:
Mild 🌶️– Some romantic interactions and kissing; no on-page or off-page sex scenes.
Warm 🌶️🌶️ – Romantic interactions, kissing, and making out; fade-to-black sex scenes.
Steamy 🌶️🌶️🌶️– romantic interactions, kissing, and making out; one or more on-page sex scenes.
Scorching 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ – romantic interactions, kissing, and making out; detailed and/or longer on-page sex scenes that include four-letter anatomical terms.