Waiting On Wednesday: Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Dragon Heart by Cecelia Holland
Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Tor Books

America's most distinguished historical novelist steps fully into the realm of fantasy and makes it her own

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.

I've been a fan of Holland ever since stumbling across a tattered paperback copy of The Valley of the Kings years ago. The idea of the woman who brought King Tut to life turning her attentions to dragons excites me to no end!


  1. Aquatic dragon - explains why it has no wings.

  2. OOoh that looks epic!! Love a good dragon story!

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  3. "a saga of violence, destruction, and death, of love and monsters, human and otherwise." - Yup, that sells me. It's got a bit of everything.

  4. Epic cover! Can I just say how much I love the line in the Blurb about Marioza "already killing the first brother" -- because it sounds like that's what you do when you're a queen -- she's already my favourite

  5. Ooo, that is really cool about a water dragon. You don't see those much in fantasy. Marioza sounds pretty bada$$ too.

  6. Yep, this one was on my list. I also love that old school looking cover, and who can say no to dragons.

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  7. Well, you've got me with anything to do with dragons! Love the cover, love the plot. Boy, Tor sure is pumping out the great books lately!

  8. This book sounds amazing! I'm adding it to my reading list. I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. the names she used kinda seem badly made :) but I do love me anything with dragons! Congrats to the author

  10. Looks like a fun pick!
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