New book: Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland


The wonderful people over at Tor books were awesome enough to send me this review copy this week! I have heard nothing but great things about this book. Been wanting to read this one for a while now. Thanks Tor books ! I can’t wait to read and review!

Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland is out September 1, 2015!

So go pre-order a copy!


About the book:


Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765337940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765337948

Where the Cape of the Winds juts into the endless sea, there is Castle Ocean, and therein dwells the royal family that has ruled it from time immemorial. But there is an Empire growing in the east, and its forces have reached the castle. King Reymarro is dead in battle, and by the new treaty, Queen Marioza must marry one of the Emperor’s brothers. She loathes the idea, and has already killed the first brother, but a second arrives, escorted by more soldiers. While Marioza delays, her youngest son, Jeon, goes on a journey in search of his mute twin, Tirza, who needs to be present for the wedding.

As Jeon and Tirza return by sea, their ship is attacked by a shocking and powerful dragon, red as blood and big as the ship. Thrown into the water, Tirza clings to the dragon, and after an underwater journey, finds herself alone with the creature in an inland sea pool. Surprisingly, she is able to talk to the beast, and understand it.

So begins a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise.

In Dragon Heart, Cecelia Holland, America’s most distinguished historical novelist steps fully into the realm of fantasy and makes it her own.

“Holland’s inspired combination of familial domesticity and political plotting changes moods neatly and repeatedly, managing to be cozy, horrific, and mythic by turns.”

Publishers Weekly


“Captivating language that is both lyrical and wonderfully detailed . . . Holland’s well-crafted plot, with multi-layered characters set within it, is certain to keep readers turning the pages. A stellar read!”

RT Book Reviews


“The intrigues, the loves, the pitched battles that unfold in the crumbling kingdom she draws in Dragon Heart are as powerful-and as real- as any in her brilliant historical novels.”

—Kit Reed, author of Thinner Than Thou and What Wolves Know


About the author:

I have been writing since I was 12. I told stories before then, to anybody who would listen, but in the summer after I turned 12, I began having trouble keeping all the stories straight and decided to start writing them down. Since then, I’ve spent a good deal of every day writing.

I wrote historical fiction, because, being 12, I had precious few stories of my own. History seemed to me then, as it still does, an endless fund of material. I liked novels, because they were long and wide and deep. Every once in a great while, I try to write a poem, and, now and then, I write a short story, but I prefer novels.

When I was in college, I took a creative writing course, mostly to get a sure A. I wrote several little college girl stories for the teacher, poet William Meredith, until he said, enough already, what are you really interested in? and I showed him the beginning of the novel I was trying to write. He liked that a lot, and, when he left at the end of the semester, the next teacher, short story writer David Jackson, liked it also, and they encouraged me to finish it, and David took it to an editor friend of his at Atheneum. They published it as The Firedrake, in 1966. I had just dropped out of graduate school at Columbia to go to work at Bretano’s bookstore in midtown Manhattan for $53 a week.

Since then, I have written a lot, read a lot, raised my 3 wonderful daughters. I live in northern California, in the country. Once a week, I teach creative writing at Pelican Bay state Prison, 2 hours away in Crescent City, and, every day, I take care of a small menagerie of little animals.

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