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Dragonfruit

By Makiia Lucier
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From acclaimed author Makiia Lucier, a dazzling, romantic fantasy inspired by Pacific Island mythology.

In the old tales, it is written that the egg of a seadragon, dragonfruit, holds within it the power to undo a person’s greatest sorrow. But as with all things that offer hope when hope had gone, the tale came with a warning.

Every wish demands a price.

Hanalei of Tamarind is the cherished daughter of an old island family. But when her father steals a seadragon egg meant for an ailing princess, she is forced into a life of exile. In the years that follow, Hanalei finds solace in studying the majestic seadragons that roam the Nominomi Sea. Until, one day, an encounter with a female dragon offers her what she desires most. A chance to return home, and to right a terrible wrong.

Samahtitamahenele, Sam, is the last remaining prince of Tamarind. But he can never inherit the throne, for Tamarind is a matriarchal society. With his mother ill and his grandmother nearing the end of her reign. Sam is left with two choices: to marry, or to find a cure for the sickness that has plagued his mother for ten long years. When a childhood companion returns from exile, she brings with her something he has not felt in a very long time-hope.

But Hanalei and Sam are not the only ones searching for the dragonfruit. And as they battle enemies both near and far, there is another danger they cannot escape…that of the dragonfruit itself.

 

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24 Reviews

4.0
Slightly Smiling Face
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readFast-pacedImmersive settingMagical settingFeel goodThought-provokingViolence
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“I am Pacific islander so, fair warning, my review may be littered with biases. Familiarity! If you want a fantasy novel that feels like it takes place on a island in the Pacific, this is it. The community feels exactly like an island community—the mannerisms, food, architecture, clothing...these are things I've experienced growing up. Seeing them exist in this story, it's so unbelievable for someone from a little rock in the middle of the sea. Lucier is great at producing a well-rounded story filled with characters who are not one-dimensional. It is a young adult novel so there are parts that, if you examine it too much, feel a little off (I want a better understanding of the magic system of this world, but I'm just personally picky about things like that in fantasy. Really the only reason it's a 4/5 and not 5/5 for me). But it's a great adventure story! If you come to this looking for spicy romance, it isn't there 🙈 but Sam & Hanalei have a great relationship. The seadragons are beautiful. The islands are heartwarmingly beautiful. And, sometimes, you just need a great story with a beautiful happy ending to get you through the day 🌺”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingEasy to readFast-pacedBeautiful settingImmersive settingRealistic settingFeel goodPredictable
Slightly Smiling Face“This story was a delight to read! The characters were lovable and their adventure was easy to follow and enjoyable. I’m not usually a fan of friends to lovers, but this was a very sweet take and a believable love story for them. The sea dragons and the markings and the magic of Tamarind were all so unique and easy to love. I also loved all the subtle references to Guam. The writing style and storytelling made it so easy to visualize the beaches, jungles and bougainvilleas. Overall this book warmed my heart, kept me entertained, and was a genuinely good read.”
Likable charactersBeautifully writtenBeautiful setting
Slightly Smiling Face“I would give this book a 4.5/5 ⭐️ It is certainly a YA book with no spice 🌶️ at all, but it is such a great adventure. I really enjoyed this book and it was a super quick read. I enjoyed the world that Makiia takes us too and absolutely loved the markings, but most specifically Fetu 🥹 This book has a HEA ending and was just what my heart needed after my last book.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readFast-pacedSuspensefulBeautiful settingImmersive settingFeel good

About Makiia Lucier

Makiia Lucier grew up on the Pacific Island of Guam and holds degress in journalism and library studies from the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She is the author of A Death-Struck Year, Isle of Blood and Stone, and Song of the Abyss.
makiialucier.com
Twitter: @makiialucier

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