Review: Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez

Author: Isabel Ibañez
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Released: May 31, 2022
Received: NetGalley

3 1/2 kitties

Together We Burn is the latest novel by Isabel Ibañez, and it’s a young adult fantasy tale full of dragons, romance, and more. Bonus points: my latest OwlCrate box included a beautiful version of this book.

Zarela Zalvidar is an eighteen-year-old flamenco dancer, yet her fame pales in comparison to her father’s fame. He’s the famous Dragonador in Hispalia, and someday Zarela wants to inherit his arena and take over.

Unfortunately, things don’t go quite as planned. A disaster forces Zarela to step up, protecting the beloved arena from those who would see it taken and permanently altered.

“Dragonfighting is a three-thousand-year-old Hispalian tradition. It’s an art form and part of who we are and integral to our culture. Dragonadores are artists. My father is an artist.”

You guys know that I can’t resist a good dragon story. Better yet, Together We Burn is a dragon RIDING story. Yes, please! You can imagine my excitement upon reading that description. Throw in a tale of romance, danger, and intrigue? I’m sold.

However, I feel compelled to say that this wasn’t quite the story I expected (or hoped) it would be. It’s still a decent read, with many fantastic plot points. But something never really clicked in my head. Maybe I just had too many high expectations for it? I can’t say. I can say that I struggled to stay connected to the story, characters included. You’d think it would have been easy, given the circumstances, but unfortunately not.

On the bright side, there’s a lot woven into this single story. We’re talking dragons, hidden danger, a quest to protect the family legacy, and romance. It means that there will be something for everyone, which is always so much fun.

Thanks to Wednesday Books and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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