**This review may contain spoilers. You've been warned.**
I have to start of with this review by saying that I'm older than the target audience, even so, this book was still enjoyable for me. This story is very well written and engaging. The characters are believable and Ammon is a character you can really sympathize with as well as the situation he's been thrown into and you really want to see him make it through this ordeal that not many could handle like he has managed to do.
The bonds between dragons and their riders, while not completely unique, are very well written and leave no questions or gaps on how it works. The author's take on what type of dragons exist and what happens to dragons that don't fit that mold is quite interesting and it compels you to read through the book so you can learn more, as well as find out how that will affect Ammon and his dragon. His take on their sentient qualities are also interesting. These qualities start in the egg and they are willing to kill themselves in their shell so they won't bond with a person with a dark heart.
The only issue I had with this story was Ammon's political/arranged marriage to El. It wasn't the marriage itself that bothered me. It was more how El handled it. It could have been because it was so sudden, or because her grandmother had just died only moments before, or even the fact that she just didn't have a choice in the matter, but the way she acted just after the ceremony was so confusing. She did everything she could to keep her distance for an entire month and then after Ammon makes a choice to go to war she gets upset with him for wanting to leave her alone like she seemed to want. How she reacted and her thoughts throughout this time were just entirely confusing and I feel like it could have been done a little better.
I had to doc a star for formatting and spelling/grammatical errors since they were so prevalent, even if they didn't completely take away from the read. Had it not been for those I could say this book deserved a five star rating for being entertaining and a fairly easy read.