Review: Advanced Dragon Studies by L.C. Mawson

Magical post-grad was supposed to be easy. Then a Great Dragon claimed me as his bride…


I had the year all planned out: finally go to Ember Academy, confess my feelings for the demon I’ve been in love with for the past twenty years, and prove that I’m a worthy Dragon Priestess.

Then I got stuck with a gorgeous yet ice-cold mermaid as a roommate; the only other dragon student has a stick so far up his ass, I’m afraid he’ll choke on it; and my crush is ignoring me.

And that was all before I started dreaming of a Great Dragon, claiming that I’m his chosen bride meant to free him from his prison.4

My thoughts

Advanced Dragon Studies is a journey to self-awareness and a very bumpy road of love.

L.C. Mawson concentrates on Skye’s personal development while the mystery builds in the background. Skye has never had magic before and therefore is already an oddity in the world she lives in when Mawson adds a twist to her physical being. She not only has to struggle with those issues, but her family has been keeping secrets that end up coming to light and not in a good way for Skye.

Mawson tries to help Skye along by sending her to the Ember Academy. The Academy used to be only open to witches, but now is open to all Magical Beings. Unfortunately, Skye feels just as lonely and confused there. 

Mawson fills the story with diversity from cultures, gender, and sexual identities. One of the reasons that Mawson is one of my favorite authors. The secondary cast has people who have struggled much like Skye has. They deal with autism, assasination attempts, the pressure of getting good grades, family dynamics, and fighting against a future they do not want.

Mawson includes issues that everyone faces today, or has faced, bullying, break-ups, lust, unrequited love, ostracism, and just trying to figure out who you want to be. This is done while Skye is trying to figure out all of the new changes in her body while not falling down in front of anyone. Easier said than done.

Mawson has a couple of teaser mysteries and then the big one which this story ends with. There are yet more secrets, betrayals, and lots of emotional pain. I cannot wait to read the next book in the “Ember Academy for Magical Beings”. Mawson keeps a reader on their toes or maybe that is Skye practicing her fire control. (laugh)

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Further Details:

Publisher: 1 October 2020
Series: Ember Academy for Magical Beings #1; Snowverse; Settings: Ember Academy
Pages: 154; Sex: Rated R

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