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Book Review:  Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez

Synopsis:

An ancient city plagued by dragons.

Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come from miles to see him fight in their arena, which will one day be hers. But disaster strikes during one celebratory show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s life changes in an instant.

A flamenco dancer determined to save her ancestral home.

Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena―her ancestral home and inheritance―safe from their greedy hands. She has no choice but to train to become a Dragonador. When the infuriatingly handsome dragon hunter, Arturo Díaz de Montserrat, withholds his help, she refuses to take no for an answer. Without him, her world will burn.

But even if he agrees, there’s someone out to ruin the Zalvidar family, and Zarela will have to do whatever it takes in order to prevent the Dragon Guild from taking away her birthright.

Review:

Together We Burn is a Spanish inspired standalone fantasy with a unique twist on bull fighting, instead of bulls and matadors we have dragons and dragonadores!  I adored this book and I did not want to put it down. There is a strong Spanish influence with Spanish words and dialogue scattered throughout and some truly mouth watering references to food.  The well developed world is painted in vivid detail, it’s not overly complicated and it’s super easy to digest. The flamenco dancing, the dragons and the atmosphere coalesces into something incredibly magical. The storyline is action-packed and compelling, it drew me in from the onset and held me spellbound.  Learning about the different breeds of dragon and their history is really interesting and I had a hard time believing it is fictional.  These dragons are all referenced at the beginning of the book under ‘Dragones de Hispalia’, which I found useful.

The characters are brilliant.  Zarela is a strong, determined and fearless heroine with a stubborn streak and I was rooting for her all the way.  I loved the scene when she obstinately stays outside all night in the freezing rain to prove a point to Arturo.  I was with her every minute in that scene, willing her not to give up.  Arturo is the typical brooding and mysterious male with a serious attitude.  He’s rude and dismissive but you can tell underneath all that façade he’s got a heart of gold.  The romance is a delicious slow-burn enemies-to-lovers. Arturo’s and Zarela’s opposing views on dragon slaying added to their antagonism and love-hate relationship.  I enjoyed their dynamic, the banter and humour, hating each other whilst at the same time desperately trying to hide their true feelings and finding it so hard to contain themselves.

I enjoyed this book so much; the unique and magical world, the characters, the dragons, the romance and the historical Spanish influence.  I found it fresh and inspiring and can’t gush enough about it.  This is my first time reading this author’s work, but it won’t be the last.  

Publisher:  Titan Books
Publication Date (UK):  5 July 2022
Format:  Paperback 
Page Count:  400
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Happy reading!

𝓚𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓷
TWISTED IN PAGES

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