Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance. But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a long time. I mean, I heard dragons and competition and I was ready to read it that second. Plus, the cover is pink and it has dragons on it and Lana looking completely badass. Plus, I had heard so much raving about it online that it made me all the more eager to read it!
This book was just as good as I thought it was going to be. I feel like it would be better reviewed by me giving you 10 reasons to read it rather than just paragraphs of me discussing it. Because there are lots of reasons why you should give this book a shot!
Dragons – I mean, I know this one is kind of obvious, but it still deserves a spot on this list. The dragons were so freaking cute. They were also fearsome creatures who had their own thoughts and feelings. But they also have water fights and some of them they get so excited to see their riders that it was just downright adorable. Plus, there’s so many different kinds and so much lore behind them all! It’s all fascniating.
Magic – Along with dragons, this book has a fantastic magic system. I thought it was going to be a complete fantasy world, but it was placed in real world, with magical elements. It blended the real and the magical quite well. There’s wands and magical investigators and curses, but there’s also regular people who are just as wide eyed about magic as you’d expect.
A magical competition – I know this is another one that feels kind of obvious, but I’m still putting it on. I’m a sucker for any kind of competition in books, and this one lived up to and exceed my expectations. It’s amazing what Ortiz came up with. The Blazewrath Games were incredible and I felt just as enthralled with them as Lana was.
Teammates – Lana’s Blazewrath teammates get their own point, because they are that awesome, the humans and the dragons both. They were also completely hilarious. Seriously, I was loosing it over grapes haha.
Found family – This one kind of goes along with teammates, but it also gets it’s own point. The found family in this book is different than the kind of found families than I’ve read before. It’s just finding your people, your teammates, and that feels like it’s found family, and more.
A younger feel – I think this might be a more personal one. I felt like this book read like more of a younger YA than I’m normally used to. That’s not at all a criticism! It’s just something I noticed. It made the book feel a lot lighter than I was expecting, but it completely worked for it.
Lana’s determination – Lana burns with so much feeling; rage, determination, fear, love.
Family – This book has found family, but it also has non found family as well. It’s complicated, and hard sometimes, but there’s so much love behind it.
The scenery descriptions – The more I think about them, the more enthralled I become. They’re expansive, a little bit terrifying, incredibly vivid, and feel like a burning fire.
Twists – I think I’m just gonna wink here and leave it at that. Just know the Ortiz knows how to work a plot.
Blazewrath Games is an amazing dragon book, with an amazing world, amazing characters, amazing magic, and really just amazing everything.