Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander's role he doesn't want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won't meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she'll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she's cursed instead to become it.
Curses of Scale is the 2018 First Place Winner of Red City Review's Young Adult Category, and an Official Selection of the 2018 New Apple Literary Awards. It also has the distinction of being a finalist in the following awards:
- Chanticleer’s Ozma Fantasy Award
- Readers’ Favorite General Fantasy
- Wishing Shelf Young Adult
"Curses of Scale is a Pandora’s box of world-building elements, and Reeves shows great skill at parceling out the pieces of lore and mystery that today’s fantasy readers crave. Readers will be sure to enjoy this crafty, utterly transportive novel." ~Red City Review
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review* I loved this story, it was very action packed. It literally starts in the middle of an action scene and slowly starts to build up to what is going on, instead of dumping exposition, then moving on to the action. It’s told in three perspectives, Calem, who is a fey trying to figure out a way to keep a curse from happening to his wife, Niena, who is 15 is raised by her grandparents, and just wants to go on adventures and attend college, and Marny, Niena’s grandfather who is an ex-army veteran who just wants to spend time with his family. Niena is sent one day with one of her grandfather’s soldiers to a village where she sneaks off and finds a portal leading to the fairy realm. After going through, she meets a fairy named Oberon who acts as her guide. Meanwhile, in the human world, a dragon attacks and Marny reluctantly gets as many soldiers together as he can to try to stop and kill it, while also trying to find Niena. Calem through it all, is on the run trying to get back to his wife to help break her curse. I really enjoyed that it was told in multiple perspectives. It didn’t linger on a certain character for too long before going back to a different character. There are also some pretty big twists that happen towards the end of the book that completely shocked me. It made me question if some characters where being truthful about stuff, or lying to just get their own way. I will say though that because it’s told with action first then explanation later, I was confused through some parts of it and wasn’t sure exactly what was going on in some parts, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.ng***
Curses of scale is a young adult fantasy novel written about sixteen-year-old Niena. This brave girl just wants to go to the Bardi college but instead finds herself fighting a dragon in order to save her grandfather and everyone else she loves. She isn’t alone on this journey, and if she does accomplish the goal, she turns into the dragon herself. The decision comes with a price, and that is what makes this book very intriguing to read. The adventure is filled with fairies, shapeshifters, dragons, and druids, making it a thought-provoking read for any fantasy reader. I found the story to be compelling, well written and enjoyable to read. The content appeared to be divided into sections that took its own narrative and chapters. This could confuse some, but for me, it was not a problem. The world setting blended all the elements together, and the description was just enough to enable the reader to envision the scenes. I enjoyed the overlap between the built world and the home of the fairy well. Every kid that is interested in reading a book would enjoy this story as it contained everything relevant to its genre. I believe the author has potential in creating good work and recommend this book to parents looking for good stories.