A Dragonbird in the Fern

About the Book:

When an assassin kills Princess Jiara’s older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the murderer is brought to justice. While the entire kingdom mourns, Scilla’s betrothed arrives and requests that seventeen-year-old Jiara take her sister’s place as his bride to confirm the alliance between their countries.

Marrying the young king intended for her sister and traveling to his distant home is distressing enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Jiara abandoned any hope of learning other languages long ago. She’s terrified of life in a foreign land where she’ll be unable to communicate.

Then Jiara discovers evidence that her sister’s assassin comes from the king’s own country. If she marries the king, Jiara can hunt the murderer and release her family from Scilla’s ghost, whose thirst for blood mounts every day. To save her family, Jiara must find her sister’s killer . . . before he murders her too.




I really loved reading this book. It had everything I love reading in a book. Mystery, paranormal, a bit of political romance and of course lots of magic and fantasy.

This book’s plot hooked me from page one. I loved the writing and the way it just kept you wanting to read more. It literally kept me up late, because I need to know what was going to happen next. Plot development in this book was really well done. It was a bit slow in the middle, but only for two-three characters. Otherwise, this book was face-paced and full of action. Also, those plot twists were so good.

The characters were amazing. I loved how Rueckert made Jiara’s dyslexia seem real. It was great to see that the author made Jiara’s dyslexia not only her weakness, but in a way her strength. Character development was perfect. You could see the characters grow and become better with each chapter.

World-building was done beautifully. I loved how it was continuously being developed throughout the book. The story was also really good, one of my favorites.

Overall, this book was fast-paced and fun to read. I loved every minute of it. The mystery always kept you guessing, especially with all those plot twists. I would recommend this book to fans of Sarah J Maas and Holly Black.

*Thank you TBR and Beyond Tours, Laura Rueckert and North Star Editions for the gifted book. I am leaving this review voluntarily. *



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