“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley.”
I think my rating for this is going to be kind of harsh but I struggled not to DNF it.
I was really enjoying the early parts of the book, with the setup of the Wood and everyone’s opinions about the Dragon. I liked the fairy-tale vibe and the reveals about how Kasia felt about being pretty much destined to be taken by the Dragon and then having that turned upside down.
Then, and I have no idea at exactly what point this happened, I just lost interest. I found myself skimming, no longer immersed in the story.
Also, I am surprised that I don’t see more people talking about how awful the Dragon is to Agnieszka.
It is revealed later in the book why he takes the girls away from their homes for 10 years and we get some fairly solid motivations but he is really an asshole to her! I honestly wanted to feel the romance but I just could not forget all the awful things he said to her and called her. And I don’t think it was ever addressed within the story either. “Wretched idiot” just sort of became a term of endearment.
I am very much in the minority with my thoughts though as I know a ton of people have loved this book. Just not for me, I guess.