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The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebearer and her friends on a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory: the Algotti Empire itself. The empress is more than willing to help—for an impossible price. And as tensions escalate beneath the shadows of the risen gods, Mira grapples with a terrifying question: What will she have to sacrifice to preserve what she loves? The explosive finale to Jodi Meadows’s Fallen Isles trilogy is ablaze with sizzling romance and fiery magic as Mira’s fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation.


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The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the The First Dragon The Great Abandonment has begun. Panic has seized the Fallen Isles, where no one knows which god will rise next. Mira Minkoba believes her dreams hold the secret to bringing an end to the destruction, but in order to save her people, she’ll have to find a legendary treasure: the bones of the first dragon. The Last Hope Mira’s desperate search leads the Hopebearer and her friends on a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory: the Algotti Empire itself. The empress is more than willing to help—for an impossible price. And as tensions escalate beneath the shadows of the risen gods, Mira grapples with a terrifying question: What will she have to sacrifice to preserve what she loves? The explosive finale to Jodi Meadows’s Fallen Isles trilogy is ablaze with sizzling romance and fiery magic as Mira’s fight to save dragons from extinction evolves into a mission to save her world from annihilation.

30 review for When She Reigns

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Meadows

    Just turned in my pass pages! It's a pretty good book, if I do say so myself. PREORDER WHEN SHE REIGNS NOW 1. Preorder from your indie bookstore or retail site - BONUS: Preorder a personalized & stamped copy from One More Page & receive an exclusive When She Reigns sticker from Hey Atlas Creative 2. Forward your receipt to Jodi

  2. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    Everything about this cover and title is badass and I am a fan. (Look I'm not saying I'm only reading these because of the covers and the cute dragons, but I'm not denying it either.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

    4.5 LaLa Stars The ending was breathtaking and such an awesome way to end the series...even though, I would have liked to learn Altan's fate. The author did a spectacular job of processing the right emotions of Mira and the struggles she had to go through. I definitely did not think the story was going to end that way and I was pleasantly surprised with each twist in the story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not. – When She Reigns We’ve seen Mira and her found family go from the worst imprisonment in history to running for their lives and now we watch as their worlds crumble before their eyes. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world…and their dragons. Dang, does it hurt. Before She Ignites. As She Ascends. When She Reigns. There are no more perfect titles for where Mira is along The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not. – When She Reigns We’ve seen Mira and her found family go from the worst imprisonment in history to running for their lives and now we watch as their worlds crumble before their eyes. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world…and their dragons. Dang, does it hurt. Before She Ignites. As She Ascends. When She Reigns. There are no more perfect titles for where Mira is along this journey. This is the book where Mira finds her voice. Where she finds her purpose. Where everything falls apart. I wish I could say that Mira easily puts everything back together again wrapped in a shiny dragon tail but this is still a finale by Jodi Meadows and you know she’s going to give you reality. Rebellion is hard. Leading people is hard. Knowing what the right thing to do is hard. So much of the story mirrors our current world politics and the discrimination many people face. Endings make the way for beginnings… I won’t give away the big twist in this book but let’s just say each book brings dragons more and more into the forefront. If As She Ascends was all dragons, all the time then When She Reigns is just living in dragon town. Yes, we see all of the dragons we’ve met before and yes we meet even more dragons. Dragons are the heart of this land and they remain a main source of conflict. Be prepared for all the feels and an ending that leaves you satisfied and knowing that hope and love truly do win.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* This was a very well-written book. Filled with emotion, anguish, action, and romance. As the dragons of the Isles fall more and more into the hands of the Empire Mira and her friends must find a way to save them, before calamity destroys their world. There is something more to love seeing beautiful dragons of all kinds and shapes together. Mira has matured since the first book and she proves to be a fierce leader who is ready to sacrifice everything for Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books* This was a very well-written book. Filled with emotion, anguish, action, and romance. As the dragons of the Isles fall more and more into the hands of the Empire Mira and her friends must find a way to save them, before calamity destroys their world. There is something more to love seeing beautiful dragons of all kinds and shapes together. Mira has matured since the first book and she proves to be a fierce leader who is ready to sacrifice everything for her people and the ones she loves. While some characters felt like they needed more time for their own development, like Altan, the ending was very satisfactory and breathtaking. Especially the final scene with the dragons and Mira. THAT WAS AMAZING! Another amazing series by Jodi Meadows is finished. I will equally be anticipating and hope for more new stories by her.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* When She Reigns is the third and final installment in author Jodi Meadows' Fallen Isles trilogy. For Mira Minkoba, the worst possible situation is happening. The Great Abandonment is upon the Fallen Isles. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world and their dragons. Mira, who has a dragon soul, has tried her hardest to get people to pay attention to what she is saying. *Source* Library *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* When She Reigns is the third and final installment in author Jodi Meadows' Fallen Isles trilogy. For Mira Minkoba, the worst possible situation is happening. The Great Abandonment is upon the Fallen Isles. Their gods are abandoning them as the people have abandoned their commitments to protecting their world and their dragons. Mira, who has a dragon soul, has tried her hardest to get people to pay attention to what she is saying. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Glasbrenner

    4.5 stars! My favorite thing about this book was that there were even more dragons! Before She Ignites was a pretty dragon light but they were more prominent in As She Ascends and even more so in When She Reigns. I enjoyed this series immensely and found each book to be better than the last. The Silent Code fascinated me throughout and Aaru is one of my favorite characters now. Mira continues to grow as she discovers the purpose for her God-gift and the lies she was raised to believe are stripped 4.5 stars! My favorite thing about this book was that there were even more dragons! Before She Ignites was a pretty dragon light but they were more prominent in As She Ascends and even more so in When She Reigns. I enjoyed this series immensely and found each book to be better than the last. The Silent Code fascinated me throughout and Aaru is one of my favorite characters now. Mira continues to grow as she discovers the purpose for her God-gift and the lies she was raised to believe are stripped away. She's come so far since Before She Ignites and never gives up on her beloved dragons. This final book was everything I'd hoped for and more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    WHEN SHE REIGNS is the final installment in Jodi Meadows’ FALLEN ISLES trilogy. Below are 5 my favorite things about this book, and the series overall: 1) Mira and the dragons – I looooovvvveee Mira’s connection to the dragons and how that manifests in this book. I want my own Lala! 2) Mira and Aaru – I adore their slow and sweet relationship and the way that they are always, always supportive of each other. Their relationship continues to build here in the most delicious way. No love triangle at WHEN SHE REIGNS is the final installment in Jodi Meadows’ FALLEN ISLES trilogy. Below are 5 my favorite things about this book, and the series overall: 1) Mira and the dragons – I looooovvvveee Mira’s connection to the dragons and how that manifests in this book. I want my own Lala! 2) Mira and Aaru – I adore their slow and sweet relationship and the way that they are always, always supportive of each other. Their relationship continues to build here in the most delicious way. No love triangle at all! 3) Mira and her friends – What an amazing support network Mira has built through this series, and I love so much the ways in which their individual strengths come out in this story as they support Mira and work together towards their goals. I also came to appreciate her sister and mother more than I thought that I would. 4) Mira and the world – Mira’s world continues to expand through this story, I really enjoyed learning even more about her lands and also the world at large, even as things become more tense and dire. I’ll have to say that I have a lot of questions about some of the people she meets in this story. 5) Mira – This girl has made such a transformation from when we met her in the first book. She has been imprisoned and beaten down, but has gotten back up again and again, and will do whatever it takes for her people and her friends and her dragons. Mira goes on a journey in this book – both physically and mentally – and she had me gripping the edge of my seat and wanting to cover my eyes at times, but I couldn’t wait to see what she would do next and how much she’d accomplish. WHEN SHE REIGNS is a race against time as the islands that make up Mira and her friends’ homes rise, and the gods abandon their people. Everything is uncertain, even their lives. I had no idea what would happen at the end of this book, but it is a conclusion that is worth every bit of the journey to get there. Don’t miss this stunning series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Bless this cover

  10. 4 out of 5

    j.chestnut

    this cover is GORGEOUS!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    I have loved this series from start to finish, didn't want to put this book down, but also I didn't want this adventure to end. There is so much representation across the whole of this series, the different islands, their belief's, their shared history. Love, loss, endurance. This series has everything I adore, deep characters with complex emotions and flaws. Adventure, persevering throughout. And best of all, dragons. Magnificent dragons. I cannot recommend this series enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debra Byrd

    (I'll edit when the book releases, but I can't wait for everyone to read this, and to see the final product!)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kara Swanson

    Such a fantastic story! This beautiful conclusion to the series continued to hold my breath as I raced to find out what happened. I've loved seeing Mira's journey, and Aaru will forever be my favorite little silent child. <3 A stunning ending filled with all the beautiful strokes and well-developed world and DRAGONS that made the first books so good. If you enjoy dragons and intrigue and stakes, this is the story for you!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    It might be because I didn't really enjoy the first two installments, but I just couldn't get into this. So sad.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ricky

    Well, well, well. The finest series Jodi Meadows has yet written, and it's capped off in just as epic a fashion as I've come to expect after reading the stories of Mira and her dragons in The Fallen Isles Trilogy for two years now. After As She Ascends ended with the first of the seven Isles rising up in an unprecedented cataclysm - the Great Abandonment, with all the Idrisi survivors stuck as refugees, and no way to predict when any of the remaining Isles will suffer the same fate - now Mira Well, well, well. The finest series Jodi Meadows has yet written, and it's capped off in just as epic a fashion as I've come to expect after reading the stories of Mira and her dragons in The Fallen Isles Trilogy for two years now. After As She Ascends ended with the first of the seven Isles rising up in an unprecedented cataclysm - the Great Abandonment, with all the Idrisi survivors stuck as refugees, and no way to predict when any of the remaining Isles will suffer the same fate - now Mira and her allies have no choice but to potentially turn to the Algotti Emprie for help. It's a good thing that the Empire, established as they were as a Greater Scope Villain in Book 1, maybe weren't so evil as some true villains closer to home, villains with too much greed and not enough sense. But this book, it brings the series' environmental-justice themes full circle as we finally resolve all these years of conflict - though not without cost, of course. But while Game of Thrones disappointed in its eighth and final season, here, Mira shows us just how amazing a Khaleesi can truly be, caring for her dragons and her people in equal measure, and as much as her mental health problems can debilitate her, it doesn't cost her an ounce of heroism. Not when she has all the remedies at her disposal - her calming pills, her noorestones, and of course LaLa and Crystal, two of the cutest, most loyal dragons a girl could ask for. And let's not forget Aaru's love - seven gods, are he and Mira just the most shippable cuties or what? To The Fallen Isles Trilogy, I now bid ave atque vale, and I seriously can't wait to see just how amazing and imaginative Jodi Meadows gets in her next work!

  16. 5 out of 5

    jess (bibliophilicjester)

    I have so many emotions which is very overwhelming for this INTJ. I'll work on a review, but this was another obvious five stars, and I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings. This book was stunning in every way. I just love how in this series, even when everything is the absolute worst, there's still so much hope. I could talk about this series forever. And I immediately want to reread this book. I have so many emotions which is very overwhelming for this INTJ. I'll work on a review, but this was another obvious five stars, and I'm very stingy with my 5 star ratings. This book was stunning in every way. I just love how in this series, even when everything is the absolute worst, there's still so much hope. I could talk about this series forever. And I immediately want to reread this book. 🐉

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Closer to 3.75. My biggest complaint about this novel is that it was slightly too long and dragged in parts. I still throughly enjoyed the series but I got bored towards the end and started feeling like the story needed to end. This is a series I'd recommend to others and I'm glad I was able to pick it up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tecla

    This trilogy means so much to me!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Maxfield

    After the first two books I was very excited for this final book to finish the series! Then I finally got my hands on it and it was... Ok. The book was about 530 pages total, and it felt like 350 of those pages was just build up. Thinking back on it, I don't remember a lot of things that occurred, only that I was eager to read on to hopefully get to the action. Sadly I found this third book lacking. There wasn't a lot of character development, the romances were already obvious and in place from After the first two books I was very excited for this final book to finish the series! Then I finally got my hands on it and it was... Ok. The book was about 530 pages total, and it felt like 350 of those pages was just build up. Thinking back on it, I don't remember a lot of things that occurred, only that I was eager to read on to hopefully get to the action. Sadly I found this third book lacking. There wasn't a lot of character development, the romances were already obvious and in place from the previous book, and it gave off the vibe that it would all work out in a good way somehow. Usually I like the happy ending books, but this one was too easy to see where it was going once the *action* finally happened that it left me feeling cheated. This book could have been 200 pages to cover the things I'll actually remember and enjoyed instead of the massive 500+ it was. Just too much filler for too little enjoyment.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    To date, this is one of my favourite Jodi Meadows stories, and one of my favourite book finales of 2019. This world and its lore are so richly crafted, I will genuinely miss it. I loved the way the author dove deep into the lore and power of dragons in ways I never imagined or expected. The writing is beautiful and flowing and had me on the edge of my seat during the adventure and action scenes. The characters, both new and old, are complex and layered. I adored the side characters, especially To date, this is one of my favourite Jodi Meadows stories, and one of my favourite book finales of 2019. This world and its lore are so richly crafted, I will genuinely miss it. I loved the way the author dove deep into the lore and power of dragons in ways I never imagined or expected. The writing is beautiful and flowing and had me on the edge of my seat during the adventure and action scenes. The characters, both new and old, are complex and layered. I adored the side characters, especially Aaru, though I confess I would love to know more about an empress since she is quite complex. Not quite a villain, not quite an antihero, and not quite a hero, but she is so interesting that her moments were among my most favourite in the book. Of course, Mira remains the star. She's always been unique and so full of heart and kindness. She never falters. Watching her overcome her insecurities and personal strife make her easy to relate to. I love her to pieces, and am truly going to miss her and her adventures. This trilogy was packed with magic in every aspect. From its actual magic, to its lore and creatures, to its characters, romance, triumphs, and sacrifices. Definitely one of my favourite trilogies of all time, and a must read for anyone who wants to be swept away in a truly majestic fantasy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Too Late. It‘s too late. „The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not.“ „One god had risen. Abandoned his people. Killed most of them, too. Any island could be next.“ When She Reigns does not start well for our friends. The odds are stacked well against them, but they don‘t - can’t - give up hope. Still hunted by the warriors for escaping prison (among other things), Mira and her friends set out on the quest to find the dragons that have been taken, to stop more gods from rising Too Late. It‘s too late. „The Great Abandonment could have been prevented. But it was not.“ „One god had risen. Abandoned his people. Killed most of them, too. Any island could be next.“ When She Reigns does not start well for our friends. The odds are stacked well against them, but they don‘t - can’t - give up hope. Still hunted by the warriors for escaping prison (among other things), Mira and her friends set out on the quest to find the dragons that have been taken, to stop more gods from rising and abandoning their people. And all traces lead to the Algotti Empire, the unknown threat on the faraway mainland. I enjoyed reading this book immensly! It‘s fast paced and thrilling, I just flew through the pages without any sense for time. I‘m SO proud of Mira. She grew so much in this series. Once a “show pony“, she found her voice, AND her spine, AND the willpower to stand up for what is right, never once losing her integrity. I LOVED the way how powerful women are represented, especially in this book, as well as all the different shapes and forms this power may come in. I LOVED that the „villains“ aren‘t bad merely for badness‘ sake. I LOVED the sweet romance that slowly blossoms between Mira and Aaru. I LOVED the dynamics of Mira‘s friend group. Not just the way Mira interacts with each of them, but also how they interact with each other. ( I want to be friends with them, too) I LOVE that nothing comes without a sacrifice. And lastly, I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the dragons. ALL of them!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Coffin

    "Where there is light, there must also be darkness. Where there is hope, there must also be fear. Where there is life, there must also be death. Every first is paired with a last. There can be no beginnings without endings." My least favorite thing about reading series AS they are published, instead of all at once when they are all published, is that over the course of a year I forget the minor details and have to spend 50 or so pages remembering everything that was going on. For example, I "Where there is light, there must also be darkness. Where there is hope, there must also be fear. Where there is life, there must also be death. Every first is paired with a last. There can be no beginnings without endings." My least favorite thing about reading series AS they are published, instead of all at once when they are all published, is that over the course of a year I forget the minor details and have to spend 50 or so pages remembering everything that was going on. For example, I remembered the earthquake and the Great Abandonment starting and rescuing the dragons. But I had somehow forgotten the god of Idris rising and who Nine was. So once I had caught myself up on all of those details, I was good to go. Although I did see the connection with the magistrate and the Algotti empire coming, it was still an "oh shit" moment with how it all played out. I saw how they were connected coming, but definitely not how the big reveal went. I love how Mira's connection with the dragons winds up playing out. I love the history and the role it winds up playing in and after the Great Abandonment. I love her connection to her dragon specifically, it's adorable. The relationship here is such an awesome slowburn that I love, too. The character's personalities stay true to their isles and it's realistic as to how it all plays out even with what is happening around them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)

    Check out this review (and more) over on my blog! Quick Stats: Overall: 3.5/5 Stars Characters: 3/5 Setting: 3.5/5 Writing: 3.5/5 Plot and Themes: 3/5 Awesomeness Factor: 3/5 Review in a Nutshell: When She Reigns delivers on its promises of dragons, but at the cost of some of its other aspects. That said, I still enjoyed it. “Hate cannot abide where many stand in love.”(This exact line is said a million times) // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture (Mention), Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Animal Abuse, Check out this review (and more) over on my blog! Quick Stats: Overall: 3.5/5 Stars Characters: 3/5 Setting: 3.5/5 Writing: 3.5/5 Plot and Themes: 3/5 Awesomeness Factor: 3/5 Review in a Nutshell: When She Reigns delivers on its promises of dragons, but at the cost of some of its other aspects. That said, I still enjoyed it. “Hate cannot abide where many stand in love.”(This exact line is said a million times) // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture (Mention), Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Animal Abuse, Animal Death, War Themes, Murder, Mental Illness // “Love survives death.” Release Date: 9/10/2019 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Page Count: 496 Premise: When She Reigns is the third and final book in the Fallen Isles trilogy. It takes place shortly after the devastating ending of As She Ascends, and follows Mira and her friends as she tries to find a way to save her people and her home. - Writing & Setting - I really adore the world Jodi Meadows has created for this series. I love the culture of each island, and how with each book they get more and more developed. This book also talks more about the Algotti Empire, and I was really fascinated by that world as well, although it definitely didn’t feel as unique or fully developed as the Fallen Isles. Meanwhile, the writing itself is the same style as that of the first two books. It’s easy to read, with some good, quotable lines thrown in. “Hope is a light against the oppressive darkness of misery, one that must be vigilantly maintained.” - Plot & Pacing - Before She Ignites was slow. As She Ascends picked up the speed. When She Reigns falls somewhere in the middle. I didn’t find myself as addicted to the book as I did in As She Ascends, but I wasn’t ever truly bored or wanting to put it down. The plot itself has some action, lots of politics and scheming, and even more dragons. Each book seeks to have more and more dragons and I am so here for it. This book also delves further into discussing imperialization and the horrors of it, but it’s more of an introduction to the topic, hinting at how bad it is but not going into it enough to start a real conversation. “Without hope, we achieve nothing. Without one another, we have nothing” (Lots of quotes about hope) - Characters - The characters are truly my favorite aspect of this series. Mira is such a strong protagonist. Her anxiety and counting compulsion is one of the best depictions of mental illness I’ve seen in a high fantasy novel, although I do feel like it definitely gets brushed aside a bit in this book. Her relationship with Aaru is absolutely adorable and I just really loved how healthy it was. They definitely weren’t perfect, but it was still really refreshing to see how well they communicate and trust each other. Aaru also has his own amazing character arc throughout this series and I loved to see how it ended. However, the other characters didn’t really get the opportunity to shine. I feel like all the focus was on Mira and Aaru, and they were depicted so realistically, but the others didn’t get the same treatment. They went through a lot in this book, but while Mira and Aaru’s reactions to certain events were devastating and real, when similar things would happen to other characters, you never got to see their reaction. They seemed almost fine with it. “Fire cannot exist without something to burn.” - Conclusion - Pros- Two main protagonists are amazing, great setting Cons- Side characters are underdeveloped, some of it was underwhelming Overall- 3.5/5 stars. When She Reigns is a good conclusion to a series I’ve enjoyed, but it wasn’t as powerful of an ending as I hoped. Follow Me Here: Blog ||Tumblr || Bookstagram || Twitter|| Reviews

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    3.5 stars, rounded up What a finale! This conclusion surprised me in a lot of good ways. While the first half of this book was more of a 3-star read for me, the final third was excellent - exciting, emotional, well-paced, and a solid conclusion to the trilogy. My biggest complaint with this series is how the books flow from one to the next. Book one and two end on major cliffhangers, and book two and three pick up right where the previous books ended. There is no transition, nothing to reorient 3.5 stars, rounded up What a finale! This conclusion surprised me in a lot of good ways. While the first half of this book was more of a 3-star read for me, the final third was excellent - exciting, emotional, well-paced, and a solid conclusion to the trilogy. My biggest complaint with this series is how the books flow from one to the next. Book one and two end on major cliffhangers, and book two and three pick up right where the previous books ended. There is no transition, nothing to reorient you to the world if you don't read them back-to-back. Because I read each of them upon publication, there were large gaps of time between readings, and my enjoyment of the story suffered as a result. I really struggled with the first half of this book because I knew I used to care about these characters, but I couldn't remember why. I had lost my emotional connection to them, and this book didn't do anything to help me re-establish that bond. So, for at least the first 100 pages, I felt painfully detached - wanting to care, but feeling extremely lost. I almost quit reading, intending to revisit the last few chapters of the previous book, but I didn't. Eventually, I reconnected on some level, but I know it could have been stronger. I also think these books are a bit longer than they needed to be. To me, it feels like one giant book bound in three volumes, rather than three separate books. If you look at it that way, it's 1,563 pages - longer than War and Peace! I know plenty of people love big books, and I've read much longer books myself. But some books need to be that long, and some don't. I just think these could have been tightened up. Having said all that, I really enjoyed this world and these characters. The magic is awesome, the politics/history are interesting, and the relationships are touching. Jodi Meadows knows how to bring a story to life! When I was connected, I really felt like I was visiting another world. And I LOVED the dragons - the dragons are, without a doubt, my favorite thing about this trilogy. Bottom line, if you like dragons and don't mind big books, I think you would really enjoy this trilogy. Just make sure to read them close together. **************** Content note for anyone interested in how sexual content is handled here: SPOILERS BELOW (view spoiler)[There are a couple of light make-out scenes and the couple sleep in the same bed, but there is no sex. The main character thinks about how she might want to do more but isn't sure yet. There is peer pressure to do more from her well-meaning friends, but she doesn't let that guide her decisions. The love interest is from a reserved, conservative culture, and while the friends don't always respect how this affects his decisions, the main character does. I don't think the word "sex" is ever used. Rather, there is a lot of awkward hinting and tiptoeing around the subject. When the couple finally discuss it, they decide to take things slow and do what feels right to them, not what is expected of them, one way or the other. "Clean read" has increasingly become an inadequate label, as definitions of "clean" vary widely. However, I would feel comfortable recommending this series to someone simply looking for books without sex. (hide spoiler)]

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1st, I'm not sure what version I have, but there are definitely more than 496 pages. That said come of this will be littered with spoilers. Tldr (though, really??): The Great Abandonment was always supposed to happen. It's a human notion to think you can do anything to stop destiny. Prophecies are prophesies for a reason. They were never supposed to try to keep the Fallen Gods. They fell. And then they got up. What the people didn't realize, except for Paorah, and it's such a human thing to do to 1st, I'm not sure what version I have, but there are definitely more than 496 pages. That said come of this will be littered with spoilers. Tldr (though, really??): The Great Abandonment was always supposed to happen. It's a human notion to think you can do anything to stop destiny. Prophecies are prophesies for a reason. They were never supposed to try to keep the Fallen Gods. They fell. And then they got up. What the people didn't realize, except for Paorah, and it's such a human thing to do to twist the will of God to their own agenda, was that a new world was coming. Of course, had Mira never found the first dragon, it wouldn't have, and that's all the prophecies were warning them about: your gods are getting up in 2,000 years, so find their child before that happens, because she is the new world. And the amount of sacrifices made were deep: the gods having to rise and (basically accidentally) losing hundreds of thousands of their human children, Mira losing her dragon self to save the rest of her people, the first dragon never even getting to be with her parents again because they were always meant for the sky, and she was meant to replace them in the water, all the islanders losing their gifts and their gods' proximity. Now, let me gush over this story. The writing was just spectacular. I could feel every moment, see every instance so well. Read-seeing the first dragon GET UP in Apolla's throne room?? Being able to imagine the gods standing there when the crew got back to the Fallen Isles, imagining what they looked like (Damyan reaching and waiting for Damina!!)! And then Anahera rising! And then Damina?? And then they're gone? Just the way Jodi painted these pictures is great writing. She's so good. The characters were all fleshed out and their arcs so perfect, especially Mira. We started in Before She Ignites with this panic-stricken girl who cried at the thought of a pimple and a little ashiness and ended with this strong, proud-of-her-scar warrior who fought through her anxieties, gets the boy, and saves the world! Not the way she wanted, but she still did it. I'm so proud of her, even though it was funny how broken up she was about losing her dragon soul over her first assumption that she had to give up her humanity. And I'll just throw this in here: I'm on the Miru ship for life. I just made that up, but I've loved Aaru since Before She Ignites, loved when he and Mira finally kissed in As She Ascends, and the moments in this here book were still innocent but STEAMY. I loved it. I love the two of them. They are my heart. This series is one of my top 5 favorites, and I'm so happy to have gotten to experience it. Not just read it. It was an experience.

  26. 4 out of 5

    hpboy13

    The Fallen Isles series had been a touch underwhelming up to this point, concerned as it was with doing a LOT of very necessary setup for When She Reigns. But I’m thrilled to say, it was all worth it. When She Reigns is truly an epic finale – it just feels epic all the way through. It’s really a testament to sticking with a series through some rough patches, because When She Reigns is a glorious blockbuster finale to a story that you’ve been immersed in. The book hits the ground running and doesn’ The Fallen Isles series had been a touch underwhelming up to this point, concerned as it was with doing a LOT of very necessary setup for When She Reigns. But I’m thrilled to say, it was all worth it. When She Reigns is truly an epic finale – it just feels epic all the way through. It’s really a testament to sticking with a series through some rough patches, because When She Reigns is a glorious blockbuster finale to a story that you’ve been immersed in. The book hits the ground running and doesn’t let up. Conspiracies are unraveled, coups are staged, and the world is literally ending with a very specific timer showing you where the end is. As all this goes on, though, Mira grows as a character and cements her relationships with the supporting cast – once an abrasive ragtag group, now a formidable team. A disclaimer: Meadows still indulges in her bad habit of killing all momentum with flashbacks, except now instead of flashbacks they are Mira’s dream visions of dragons. I completely skipped over them and felt my enjoyment of the book was much improved by it. There is a very VERY cool religious element here (and believe me, that is not a phrase you’ll often hear in my reviews). All of the titular Fallen Isles worship their own god, but we see how the mythologies intersect and complement each other. Showing how they all together predict the end times really drives home the epic scale. The best parallel I can think of is C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle, which also shows a world crumbling as the intrepid heroes fight against it. Meadows also does very good work riffing on the Chosen One tropes, striking a perfect mix of supernatural myth and pragmatic choices. And we get some really great stuff of Mira coming to terms with her destiny, such as it is. We finally get to meet the mysterious and distant Empress, and she is a fascinating character – and a terrific foil for Mira. There are beautiful contradictions in how absolute her power is, yet how fragile it appears. Aaru is still very blah, but I was living for the scenes where Mira and the Empress get to face off. On the whole, while I wish the setup had been more interesting, I can totally recommend the Fallen Isles series for the really patient readers who want a high fantasy fix that puts the “epic” in epic fantasy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    kylie

    4 stars This book was almost everything I was expecting! I anticipated the same wonderfully paced, rich writing that I was given before, the magnetic plot as before. I expected it to be, well, as good as the other two. But it just... fell flat in some areas. The plot felt as though it was being dragged through peanut butter, but the ending came at full speed. This may or may not make any sense, but I was content with the ending, though not satisfied. Is that at all logical? That's the only way 4 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was almost everything I was expecting! I anticipated the same wonderfully paced, rich writing that I was given before, the magnetic plot as before. I expected it to be, well, as good as the other two. But it just... fell flat in some areas. The plot felt as though it was being dragged through peanut butter, but the ending came at full speed. This may or may not make any sense, but I was content with the ending, though not satisfied. Is that at all logical? That's the only way for me to describe this feeling. It just wasn't everything it could've been. What could it have been, you ask? I don't know. But it just didn't live up to it's potential. Putting that behind me, I really enjoyed this book! As always, I delighted in reading from the POV of my favorite dragon girl. I just have an immeasurable amount of love for Mira (and her companions🥰). Considering I read the whole book expecting her to either die or forever remain as a star in the sky, only to walk the earth at night (the young elites PTSD :,( ), how she had to sacrifice her dragon side was almost worse. That's her. That's her whole being. She's Girl Mira, yes, but she's Dragon Mira even more. I'm so glad she got to stay with her family, but it still hurt my tiny little heart :( and the scene with LaLa??? I'm in TEARS Ilina calling Mira her wingsister makes me cry every time. It's just that word, I love it so much :,) Paorah was so annoying. I know he was supposed to be but it just grated against my nerves. I'd see his name and audibly sigh. He wasn't even a villain you cruelly enjoy to read about (y'all know what I mean). And another character who got on my very last nerve was the Empress. She's young and only trying to protect her own people, but she did not need to leave the Fallen Isles to die because of selfish reasons ("her dragons" flew away, when she couldn't comprehend that they belong to no one but themselves. that was another thing I disliked about her). Ignoring my problems with the ending, I was really happy with everyone's survival (and the new world, made by the one and only Dragonhearted <3 ). I definitely would've liked an epilogue, maybe a few months or years later. That would've been super cool, but alas. Some people don't like epilogues, but (usually) I love them! Maybe that would've left me satisfied with the ending. All in all, I'm so happy I finally got to see the ending of Mira's story (or was it only her beginning? I want a follow up :( )

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)

    I liked When She Reigns. Unfortunately, this is another one where I’m having trouble remembering the details, so this is going to be a short one. It’s been a while since I finished it, so I’m having trouble remembering a lot of the details. Mira’s connection with the dragons was amazing, and that was actually my favorite thing about this book. I loved seeing that connection, and everything that came along with it. It definitely changed over the course of the book, and one particular moment at the I liked When She Reigns. Unfortunately, this is another one where I’m having trouble remembering the details, so this is going to be a short one. It’s been a while since I finished it, so I’m having trouble remembering a lot of the details. Mira’s connection with the dragons was amazing, and that was actually my favorite thing about this book. I loved seeing that connection, and everything that came along with it. It definitely changed over the course of the book, and one particular moment at the end made me really sad, but it also made sense for the story. Even though I re-read the series before reading this one, I actually want to go back and re-read them after reading this one. Mira’s love of dragons makes so much sense now, and knowing what I know, part of me wants to go back and see if there was anything I missed. Seeing all of the gods was interesting, but I think seeing them through Mira was even more interesting. You see how horrifying it is each time, especially because of how much it affected the dragons. In the end, everything worked out but it was interesting to see how everything happened. I am curious to see how everything worked for everyone. We did get to visit the empire, though their name is escaping me at the moment. I wish we saw more of it, considering it was mentioned quite a bit. At least we got to go for a little bit, but part of me just wanted to know more about them. I know it’s not really about them, but I feel like there’s a lot of history there, and that’s a story I’d love to see if there was ever a spin-off series. My Rating: 3 stars. When She Reigns was a good conclusion but not a lot stuck with me after finishing it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bailey

    Each book in the Fallen Isles trilogy, I am happy to report, gets better as you progress through the series. The first book read more as an origin story. The second book was a tale of two halves, with the first half mirroring the first book more while the second half moved into an enthralling adventure. The third book is an epic adventure all the way through. Mira is a strong character, who isn't afraid to use her gifts in this book. She has her issues, but she has found healthy ways to deal Each book in the Fallen Isles trilogy, I am happy to report, gets better as you progress through the series. The first book read more as an origin story. The second book was a tale of two halves, with the first half mirroring the first book more while the second half moved into an enthralling adventure. The third book is an epic adventure all the way through. Mira is a strong character, who isn't afraid to use her gifts in this book. She has her issues, but she has found healthy ways to deal with them. She shows us that despite your struggles you can still find a way to do great things. There was a lot of movement in the story. The characters were constantly doing things, moving places, and accomplishing new goals. I felt the danger, the urgency, the gravity, and the hope in all of the situations. Mira and the others use their powers in fun and interesting ways throughout. The magic adds a lot of unique and intriguing elements to the story. The empire was a great addition to the story. Mira's time there was impactful and fun to read. The ending was climactic and unpredictable. It ends hopeful even if nothing fell into place the way they hoped it would. I think there should have been a little more fall out with the bad guys. We aren't really ever told how they are punished for their treachery. I don't know that dividing the story into parts was necessary either. While the breaks in the story make sense, it flows as the natural progression of a story that doesn't necessarily need distinct parts. Overall, it was a really quick read that kept me entertained page after page.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    The Fallen Isles series is like a Young Adult version of Daenarys Targaryan. Most of the story I really enjoyed and it was a great concept but a lot of it is quite slow and fell a little flat for me. Characters: So Mira really grows up a lot in this one, the last book she was very immature and I was kind of ready to slap her. The side characters are all very interesting and I think their powers are really interesting and unique. So I'm here for that. Writing Style: I like Jodi's writing style. The Fallen Isles series is like a Young Adult version of Daenarys Targaryan. Most of the story I really enjoyed and it was a great concept but a lot of it is quite slow and fell a little flat for me. Characters: So Mira really grows up a lot in this one, the last book she was very immature and I was kind of ready to slap her. The side characters are all very interesting and I think their powers are really interesting and unique. So I'm here for that. Writing Style: I like Jodi's writing style. Sometimes fantasy books can be so confusing, but she made this world with all its islands pretty easy to follow. She does a good job explaining everything without over doing it and using too many descriptive words. Plot- The way this book ended was really good, I have full closure and I feel like I got everything I needed out of this story. There were a lot of big plot points in this story but for some reason a lot of the time I just didn't care. I didn't have a lot of emotion in this book and that's such a bummer. Logic: Most of this book made sense. I'm still pretty confused about Mira's dragon powers and I don't think the gods were explained very well. I spent a lot of my time trying to remember what god was what, and what their powers were. Enjoyment: For the most part I really enjoyed this. I just wish it had some extra omph. Something to make it more memorable. In general I would recommend this to people who like young adult fantasy and dragons. I can't say it was the best series I ever read but I enjoyed it.

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