Thursday, September 3, 2015

For the Memory of Dragons (Dragons of Eternity #2) by Julie Wetzel Review

Hey Readers! Ethan here on this Thursday to bring you another review. This time, I'm sharing my thoughts on the newest installment of one of my favorite fantasy series. This series really changed my bookish life when it comes to this genre and it continues to blow me away with each passing read. What am I raving about? For the Memory of Dragons by the incredible Julie Wetzel. Here's a bit about the novel and our author before we get to my thoughts:

What do you do when a dragon crash-lands in your backyard?

That’s the question Terra’s faced with when one of these creatures plows down into her cornfield. Should she help out the hunk of a man the dragon turns into, or turn him over to the trigger-happy ‘authorities’ that have come looking for him? The deciding factor—he has no memory. Giving him up just doesn’t seem right… at least until she knows the truth of who he is.

Alex has forgotten a thing or two—his name being one of them—but he knows there is something important that he needs to remember, if he could just get his battered brain to work properly. A little rest might help, but there’s no time for that when the bullets start flying.

Now, he has to follow the few clues he has to discover who he is, and why people are trying to kill him. But that’s the easy part. The hard part will be keeping his hands off the lovely lady helping him.


Julie Wetzel is a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, and what time she’s not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling she's crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.

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My Thoughts:

Earlier this summer, I threw my hat into the ring with 'I am not a fan of dragons'. Julie Wetzel introduced me to Accidental Wings and I thought 'Okay fine, maybe she made me like them once, but it won't happen again'. A few months later, Wetzel hit me with Castle and I thought 'surely it won't happen again', yet for a second time, her dragons blew me away. When Julie handed me the chance to try her dragons for a third time, I didn't even hesitate to jump at the chance. Julie Wetzel has changed my bookish ways, maybe I actually am a dragon person?! 

It isn't often I love every novel in a series, but each time Wetzel puts pen to paper, my bookish heart soars with delight. For the Memory of Dragons most definitely did not disappoint!

In true One Guy's Guide to Good Reads fashion, I'd like to get my negative thoughts out of the way first. I only have one, thankfully. When it comes to a great read, I love losing myself within the pages of a story, escaping the realities of life for a while. While Wetzel is more than able to satisfy in that department, I will admit that this novel was far shorter than I would have liked. Clocking in at just shy of 130 pages, I knocked this out very quickly. With novels of this genre, I have always come to expect a much greater length. Wetzel tells a full, thrilling story within these pages, but I will admit I would have loved to see a much longer story in this world. While every story in this series is a shorter, quicker read, I still thoroughly enjoy and consider them each to be amazing. This is just something that I, personally, would like to see changed in future installments. 

Now enough of that, let's rave!

While I've loved every installment of this series thus far, Alex and Terra's story may be my favorite yet! When a dragon crash lands in the field behind her farmhouse, Terra's life is changed in more ways than one. From mythical beast to naked man, Terra must take this confused stranger under her wing to keep him safe. But from what? When Alex awakes with no memory, he must piece the clues together to save himself and the rest of the his people from harm. 

Full of action, quick wit, and a few steamy scenes, Wetzel packs a punch with this quick read. Every page was jam packed with fun and excitement, with more twists and turns than you'd ever expect. Crafted carefully with new settings, new characters, and new insight to the mythical world of dragons, Memory really stands out in the crowd.

With cameo appearances from some of our former characters, Wetzel ties in this third installment perfectly within her world. While Alex's character is, admittedly, much like other dragons we've read about, I believe it was Terra who really stood out in this novel. She's intelligent, strong willed, and street-savvy. Her character development, and surprise ending, really rooted the story with a great amount of emotion and reality that I was really glad to see. 

The setting and world that Wetzel has crafted with this series is incredible. From ancient times to modern day, the world of Dragons and their human shifters is definitely unique and memorable. Much like other worlds with their feet in our realm, Wetzel has done a perfect job of altering the fabric of reality to let the fantasy stream through into our own world. With specifics and magic that aren't bogged down with rules, history, or cultures, Wetzel is able to better tell her story and make it enjoyable to even the most casual of readers. A true testament to the talent of her writing, Wetzel has far surpassed my expectations for the genre!

With the next novel in this series (titled For the Heart of Dragons) slated for release right around the corner, I have no doubt that Wetzel will continue to exceed my every expectation and confirm my beliefs that my views on high fantasy are changing. Let that be a lesson to all hesitant readers: one great series can, indeed, make a difference!

With all of this being said, it should come as absolutely no surprise that I am granting For the Memory of Dragons a well-deserved 5-star review! Julie Wetzel has yet to disappoint me, and I can't wait to see what comes next. I highly recommend this read to all lovers of high fantasy, paranormal, and romance novels, though be advised of the novels adult content, violence, and language. Don't miss out, add this to your TBR today!

Check out my reviews for the other 
novels in the Dragons of Eternity series
by clicking on the covers below:



Alright readers, that's all I have for you on the topic of For the Memory of Dragons by Julie Wetzel. As you can clearly see, this series is a new favorite of mine and definitely not the be missed. Don't miss the chance to add them to your TBR today! Until next time, Happy Reading!


1 comment:

  1. I am glad that this is a series where the next installment was just as wonderful as the first one was! And with your only complaint being that you wished the book was longer I can already tell that this one is going to be fabulous. I am someone who does like dragons as well, so this makes me all the more excited!