By Elizabeth Lim
A journey to the dragon kingdom, a star-crossed love, and a cursed pearl with the power to mend or ruin the world. Princess Shiori promised on her deathbed to deliver the dragon's pearl to its proper owner, but honouring that pledge is more hazardous than she expected. She must travel to the kingdom of dragons, navigate political intrigue among humans and dragons alike, and fend off thieves who covet the pearl and will go to any length to obtain it, all while cultivating the appearance of a perfect princess to deter those who want her burned at the stake for the magic that runs in her blood. The pearl itself is not ordinary cargo; it throbs with evil power, leaping from the sea. Shiori's family is in danger, and the thread of fate connecting her to Takkan, her true love, is threatened by those who come to her save one moment and turn on her the next. Shiori will need all the strength she has to defend the life and the love she has battled so hard to achieve.
The Dragon's Promise picks up pretty much right at the end of Six Crimson Cranes, the whole story is fairly fast-paced, and a lot happens. There aren't many quiet moments for reflection throughout, which is kind of illustrated by how we're only actually in Ai'long for the first third of the book. Lim manages to introduce some new characters too, without taking away the majority of the spotlight from the others. Overall, this was yet another beautiful story from Lim. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next. One of my fav series!
Reviewed by Manaal