“Like my Grandma Rita always told me: Queens never hang their heads.” —Hunt of the Dragon, Juliette Cross
Hunt of the Dragon by Juliette Cross is the fourth and final installment of the Vale of Stars epic series. A true fantasy romance, Hunt of the Dragon will have readers devouring the pages in this phenomenal conclusion to an incredible series.
I’ll admit I’m a bit bereft now that this series is over. Juliette Cross is one of those rare storytellers that never disappoints in any fictional world she creates, or genre that she tackles. The Vale of Stars series is no different. With each new book, the world Cross creates becomes more vivid and the characters that are introduced provide new depth and interest as well as a new layer to the overarching storyline of the series.
“A growl purred low in my throat without my even summoning it. Yes, the dragon wanted her. And the man would have her. Whenever she was ready.”
I love the overall storyline that ties each book of this series together. The mystery and the tale of the Vale of Stars series is the stuff of classic fairytales. While Hunt of the Dragon is the final book, and each could be read as a standalone—it would be best and I highly recommend—readers should definitely start with the previous books in the series so as not to ruin any major plot points regarding the Vale of Stars.
Bowen and Krissa’s romance is simply perfect for any type of reader. Krissa is smart, fierce, fearless, and kind to everyone she meets. Bowen is her perfect counterpoint. He’s renowned for his tracking skills, his ability to pick up the slightest change in the wind or someone’s countenance makes him a fierce Morgon and also the kind of male that is so addicting to read because it makes him intuitively attuned to the needs of his love interest. *swoon* I adore a male character that knows what he wants but has the patience and fortitude to make sure his love interest is comfortable and on the same page before pressing on with his feelings. Is there anything sexier than a man with patience and the confidence to wait for the perfect time? I’m trying not to spoil anything, but the fact that Krissa is so loving, and Bowen is so intuitive creates such a unique relationship of love that embracing other characters into their fold becomes second nature to them in the most heartfelt way. I adored the caring nature of both of Krissa and Bowen.
“I found myself mesmerized, completely entranced by the deep, sonorous timbre of his voice. And the surprisingly compassionate nature of the assassin holding close as we coasted deeper into the night.”
One of the best aspects of a book near the end of a series is that typically all previous characters get a mention or play a part to tie up the ending. I love getting glimpses of what the other characters are up to, and Cross has a knack for introducing everyone in a natural way. Hunt of the Dragon is exactly that. I truly hope that Juliette Cross has more books planned in this world. Hunt of the Dragon is a perfect ending to this series, and if you haven’t read this series, consider this your nudge to escape to this utterly addicting fantasy world!