Title: Dragon Horse War: The Calling (Dragon Horse War Trilogy #1)
Author Name & Publisher: D. Jackson Leigh (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: February 17, 2015 – 264 pgs
When is war justified to preserve peace?
Society has evolved into one collective belief that celebrates diversity. Luxury credits are earned and spent only after the world population is fed and educated. But when catastrophic weather kills thousands and destroys crops, people begin to look for answers among ancient legends of guilt, retribution, and a vengeful deity.
Jael, seasoned commander of a latent cell of dragon horse warriors, understands what Alyssa, an alluring young priestess, doesn’t—words won’t be enough to quell the violent sect preying on the population’s fear and hunger. As their conflicting ideologies threaten to jeopardize their mission, Alyssa and Jael realize their growing attraction and entwined destiny might be more formidable than the enemy they have been called upon to defeat.
The world building in this series is amazing. This is the first book in the series but I actually read the second book first. I liked it so much that I absolutely had to go back and pick this one up. This one was a little harder for me to get into; the leader, Jael, seemed very hardened and jaded, not open at all to finding a soul mate. Alyssa, on the other hand, came across as extremely naive and her inability to understand Jael’s nature and mission led her to become obstructionist and put herself in grave danger. The fact that they both overcome their objections and misunderstandings in a way that seems totally true to each of them is a feat of skill Jackson shows as a writer. I was disappointed to read that this is only supposed to be a trilogy because that means I only have one more awesome book to read in this universe and I don’t want it to end. I can’t wait for the third book.
D. Jackson Leigh grew up barefoot and happy, swimming in farm ponds and riding rude ponies in rural south Georgia. Her love of reading was nurtured early on by her grandmother, an English teacher who patiently taught her to work New York Times crossword puzzles in the daily paper, and by her mother who stretched the slim family budget to bring home grocery store copies of Trixie Belden mysteries and Bobbsey Twins adventures that Jackson would sit up all night reading.
It was her passion for writing led her quite accidentally to a career in journalism and, ultimately, North Carolina where she lives with her small pack of three terror, uh, terriers.