Let’s Talk About…Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes

29983980“Nothing can save you now, Princess.”

How can anyone be tricked twice? Isn’t there even a saying about that? Zaria Fierce is determined to get things right this time and with the Drakeland Sword in her possession she’s ready to take on trolls, dragons, and whatever else may come… but first she and her friends are going to have to figure out just how much trouble they’re in at home.

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Initial reaction upon finishing:

Oh my goodness! Can you believe it!? We have finished our journey with Zaria and the gang. I honestly cannot believe just how fast this trilogy seemed to fly by. It seems strange to not be anticipating another adventure with Zaria and her friends, but all good things must end. This fabulous conclusion to a fun series did not disappoint. In all honesty, I think this was the most dangerous adventure for all of them so far. I have to admit, I would occasionally forget it was CHILDREN going through this and showing intense bravery. What else did I love about this conclusion (without spoilers obviously)….

  • More Magic! We have heard talks of this magic the entire time, and with each book we have gotten to dive just a little deeper with it. In the conclusion of the trilogy we get to see just how the magic works and what some of our beloved characters are capable of. The best part about them showing off their magical powers, they have to work for it. Yes, I think that is the best part. It’s difficult for me to read a book or watch a movie where the power happens and they get it. They get how to use it and what to do and there’s no real struggle. But in life, you struggle a bit to master a skill. We see those that can wield magic struggle, work harder, and eventually succeed.
  • So much teamwork! In this day and age we have found ourselves working in teams more often than not, and Zaria gives us the perfect example of solid teamwork. I love how this group works as a team. There are disagreements, because no one is perfect (and it would be incredibly boring to read a book where there was NO disagreement happening), but they always worked through it to come to a solution. To think of the things that could have happened to them had they not worked together…scary. I think this was the best example of teamwork in this series, and a fun way to remind all readers about the importance of working together.
  • Action! The plot in this book just kept right on moving. We started up right where we left off in the 2nd book and just plowed forward. I kept thinking of how I wish I had this book as a middle-schooler, because it hits every criteria I have ever had in a book. It doesn’t waste time getting to the action, it jut gets there. I would have probably knocked it out in a day, because I would just have to know what was coming up next. Even as an adult I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.

Bonus: Zaria continues to be an excellent example of courage, her group continues to be the best of friends despite every single thing they face, and they all show us the importance in being true to you.

Zaria Fierce and the Dragon Keeper’s Golden Shoes was the magical conclusion this trilogy asked for. Filled with action and adventure, Zaria and her friends showed us the importance of teamwork, friendship, and having courage in ourselves. The perfect ending to a fun series, I recommend this to all fantasy lovers, middle school and beyond!

Man…what a ride it has been Zaria!


Let’s Talk about…Zaria Fierce and the Secret of the Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillet

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way sways my thoughts and opinions on this book.

On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she’s surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

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Initial reaction upon finishing this book: 

This was such a fun book to read. It was one of those adventure books that you kind of wish you had when you were a preteen, if that makes sense. For me personally…it would have fit right in there with everything else I read and I think it was still a super fun read at this time in my life. Kind of a nice break in the middle of all the chaos in my life. A few awesome things I found in this book:

  • SETTING: Oh my goodness, it is SO rare for me to stumble upon a book that is set in MODERN DAY Norway. I absolutely loved hearing how the main character got there and how she was adapting to this setting by reading books. It was sometimes hard to remind myself that this was Norway, and then it was hard for myself to remember that this was modern day. Gillett definitely did a great job putting current technology in there to keep with that modern feel. There was iPads, texting, all of that. It’s not the setting you expect for a fantasy adventure, and for that I absolutely loved it.
  • MAIN CHARACTER: Zaria was so stinking relatable. Right from the beginning I was laughing and shaking my head because she dealt with things how I did at 13 or how I am now dealing with things at 26. Her love for reading is something that I had at her age and still have now. Her love for fantasy, adventure, and fairy tales is exactly what I was into at still kind of am. She dove into books to learn about where she lived and to help her cope with the move, which is exactly what I did. She was brave (even though the reader could sometimes see her fear), she was smart, and she was a great main character for young girls to look up to.
  • ADVENTURE: This was a book that jumped right into the plot. There was very little time wasted on details leading up to the adventure that Zaria went on, and for that I am so thankful. I love when the details are given throughout the story and not ALL right away at the beginning. I love when a story jumps right in a hooks me like this one did. It was an adventure that was constantly moving forward and I think could maintain the attention of any reader at any level.

BONUS: Diverse characters, a stargazer that I NEED as a reader, awesome pictures!

This book was seriously so fun, and was a nice distraction from life. I highly recommend you look into it if you are in the mood for a fun adventure. I also recommend that you get it for any book loving middle schooler you know. This would have been right up my alley at that age, but sadly did not exist at that point (well at least it did not exist in my hands). Support an indie author and dive into a completely new series! 

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Thank you so much Keira Gillett for giving me the opportunity to read this book! And for visiting my blog a few weeks earlier! It has been great talking with you and reading this awesome book. Looking forward to hearing what’s next!