You know those complaints I had about No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished? Yeah, I don’t have those now. All of my issues from the preceding book have been answered in this book. The plot points that seemed so evident to me but were flying over the characters’ heads? I get now why those things couldn’t be revealed yet. Or rather, why they couldn’t be revealed until this book. While we basically knew what happened in China during the last book, the revealing of what actually happened was incredibly powerful due to the emotions of the characters involved. That emotion made getting the truth worth the wait.
Also, Julius’s extreme pacifism is starting to pay off. While there are still some characters I wish he would have made an exception for and wiped from the face of the earth, I can’t hold his pacifism against him anymore, because it’s the sole reason he’s able to bring so many different dragons and people and spirits together. Bob has called Julius a lynchpin, and that’s one of the best possible descriptions for him. Well, that and the word “nice,” which is who he is to the world: Julius Heartstriker, the Nice Dragon. Never has a moniker been more appropriate.
There’s not a lot more I can say about this book without giving away some of the plot from preceding novels, but I will say that some characters that seemed like they were gone forever are not! Which made me incredibly happy. We get to see the Sea of Magic, which was fascinating; it was almost like seeing the underside of the world. The mythos Aaron has fabricated here, the idea that our world is a duality of magical and physical, is such an interesting one. I also loved the Chinese mythology entwined with the Qilin, or the Luck Dragon. There was so much to love in this book!
I’m incredibly glad that I didn’t read this when it was first published. That ending left me desperate for the fifth (and final) book, which has thankfully been recently published, so I can go ahead and plunge into the last book. I’m so excited to get to Bob’s story, and to finally get some answers about him. While I’m sad that it’ll be coming to an end, I’ve loved this series and can’t wait to see how it all ties together. It’s one of the most addictive things I’ve ever read.