House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess | Book Review

Renae Nicole
4 min readMar 4, 2021

4.5 out of 5 Stars. Each character is distinct and undergoes a massive character arc to achieve the ultimate end goalーbecome the emperor. I couldn’t put it down!

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Etrusia is a magical kingdom made up of five different houses. Each house has a different dragon breed that they ride. These dragons, like dogs, have distinct personalities and abilities.

House of Dragons has two magic systemsーone of order and chaos, the other of the connection between a dragon and its rider. Chaos was wiped out over 1500 years ago, and any child that manifests its magic is put to death. The priest automatically drafts anyone possessing order for the priesthood.

At first, I thought the dragons are just side-characters, a part of the setting; they didn’t seem to play much into the plot because they weren’t needed for a few challenges. But as the story unfolds, the dragons become more and more crucial to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this development; I haven’t read a book since Eragon that involved dragons in such an exciting way.


The main focus is the trials the five house’s champions must undergo to determine who will be the next emperor. I was disappointed in these trials because they aren’t incredibly complicated, nor do they take…



Renae Nicole

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