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Once, Iola flew with a dragon. She might fly again, but only if she can become ambassadress to the dragons' realm. First, though, she must navigate life as an ordinary priestess, which is not quite what she'd hoped for. Some of her fellow priestesses are dragon-blind and corrupt. Worse, they see Iola's devotions as evidence of greed. Then the ambassadress returns, too sick Once, Iola flew with a dragon. She might fly again, but only if she can become ambassadress to the dragons' realm. First, though, she must navigate life as an ordinary priestess, which is not quite what she'd hoped for. Some of her fellow priestesses are dragon-blind and corrupt. Worse, they see Iola's devotions as evidence of greed. Then the ambassadress returns, too sick to fly again. Iola and three other young priestesses are chosen to nurse her, and to have a chance at taking her place. Iola's main rival, Tiagasa, was raised in a prince's palace. She thrives on political intrigue and gossip, and her lover is about to become governor of the city. Iola is just a village girl dazzled by dragons. Her few friends and allies aren't much more savvy than she is. Still, they hope to persuade the new governor – whoever he might be – to make Iola ambassadress, and to choose faith over scheming, one way or another.


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Once, Iola flew with a dragon. She might fly again, but only if she can become ambassadress to the dragons' realm. First, though, she must navigate life as an ordinary priestess, which is not quite what she'd hoped for. Some of her fellow priestesses are dragon-blind and corrupt. Worse, they see Iola's devotions as evidence of greed. Then the ambassadress returns, too sick Once, Iola flew with a dragon. She might fly again, but only if she can become ambassadress to the dragons' realm. First, though, she must navigate life as an ordinary priestess, which is not quite what she'd hoped for. Some of her fellow priestesses are dragon-blind and corrupt. Worse, they see Iola's devotions as evidence of greed. Then the ambassadress returns, too sick to fly again. Iola and three other young priestesses are chosen to nurse her, and to have a chance at taking her place. Iola's main rival, Tiagasa, was raised in a prince's palace. She thrives on political intrigue and gossip, and her lover is about to become governor of the city. Iola is just a village girl dazzled by dragons. Her few friends and allies aren't much more savvy than she is. Still, they hope to persuade the new governor – whoever he might be – to make Iola ambassadress, and to choose faith over scheming, one way or another.

48 review for Priestess of the Dragons' Temple

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    In a land far away in another time, dragons were the protectors of the people, but only a select few were able to see them, the rest were dragon blind. Four scrapplings (beggar children) set out on a journey to Anamat, where it is said there are those who can see the dragons, but can they? For young girls, being a priestess of the dragon temple is said to be a blessing, but is it? Rituals and blessings, the “sight” and the sexual favors are seen as part of the path to pleasing the dragons and fi In a land far away in another time, dragons were the protectors of the people, but only a select few were able to see them, the rest were dragon blind. Four scrapplings (beggar children) set out on a journey to Anamat, where it is said there are those who can see the dragons, but can they? For young girls, being a priestess of the dragon temple is said to be a blessing, but is it? Rituals and blessings, the “sight” and the sexual favors are seen as part of the path to pleasing the dragons and filling the coffers as men from all walks of life seek the companionship and knowledge of the young priestesses. Only those who can see the dragons experience the spiritual journey to commune with the dragons. Not all of the girls want to be a priestess, but it is that or be cast out. Iola actually wants to be a priestess, but will circumstances change her mind? Is there something the elder priestesses are holding back? What spiritual value does the act of sex have? What is the true connection between the priestesses and the dragons? Is there a dangerous game of politics being played out with the girls as pawns? Amelia Smith has ramped up this dark and edgy fantasy with more intrigue, more unanswered questions, more of everything! Ms. Smith allows us into the hearts and minds of the priestesses as they these girls traverse the secret world behind the walls of their temple. Not a tale that can be rushed through, but very rich in detail from each scene to thought, Priestess of the Dragons’ Temple comes alive as reality slips into the recesses of the mind and the world of dragons takes over. Far darker and more intense than book one, I think Amelia Smith has hit her stride and found a niche in the dark fantasy world for readers who enjoy the details, and the mental pictures of another world without needing the frantic pace of action. This is still an adventure, but it is for everyone, not just the characters. Relax into this one and be taken away on the wings of the dragons to the world where they are king. I received an ARC edition from Amelia Smith in exchange for my honest review. Series: Anamat - Book 2 Publication Date: April 27, 2015 Publisher: Split Rock Books ISBN: 1941334113 Genre: Dark Fantasy Print Length: 317 pages Available from: Amazon Reviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Ross

    I had the pleasure of reading this in beta format, and I loved the intrigue of the temple and the revelations about the connection between the priestesses and the dragons' realm. Although this book focuses mainly on Iola, her friends Darna, Myril and Thorat also feature strongly, and the three women in particular illuminate aspects of the secret 'rite' the priestesses undertake. This is a darker book than Scrapplings, with the interweaving of sex with religion giving it an edgier tone. But it's a I had the pleasure of reading this in beta format, and I loved the intrigue of the temple and the revelations about the connection between the priestesses and the dragons' realm. Although this book focuses mainly on Iola, her friends Darna, Myril and Thorat also feature strongly, and the three women in particular illuminate aspects of the secret 'rite' the priestesses undertake. This is a darker book than Scrapplings, with the interweaving of sex with religion giving it an edgier tone. But it's all the better for it, in my view. Interesting character developments, some fascinating world-building and the exposure of complex politics mingling with powerful dragons combined to make a book I very much enjoyed reading. {No rating because I haven't read the finished book}

  3. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    It is not often that I come across a series in which each successive book in the series improves on the one before it. I enjoyed the introduction to this new fantasy world with the first book but I absolutely loved how the author has expanded with this new addition to the series. Imagine a world where dragons rule but only a very few are able to see them. The world that has been created here with dragons, priestesses and the connection between them is so very well thought out and detailed that it It is not often that I come across a series in which each successive book in the series improves on the one before it. I enjoyed the introduction to this new fantasy world with the first book but I absolutely loved how the author has expanded with this new addition to the series. Imagine a world where dragons rule but only a very few are able to see them. The world that has been created here with dragons, priestesses and the connection between them is so very well thought out and detailed that it is a joy to read. I love fantasy novels especially ones in which a new world is created and it is obvious that a lot of thought and preparation went into this series. It is very original and very detailed as to the culture and religion of this new world. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shaaer

    I have received the book as a First Reads lucky winner. Thanks to Amelia and GoodReads !! I have just started reading and it was amazing to see how Amelia goes into the details the same way a movie is being narrated. Reading through Iola, the wanna be priestess of the dragon temple.....

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Mysterious Reader

    I’m in the hospital right now, which overall sucks, but one great thing about it is that I’ve the freedom to binge read when I want to. Usually I don’t, as “variety is the spice of life” even in reading, but there have been times when a particular series is just so addictively good that the need-to-binge is just triggered. Amelia Smith’s Anamat series is an example of this. I downloaded its first book Scrapplings, Children of the Dragons, almost as much for its beautiful cover as for the appeal I’m in the hospital right now, which overall sucks, but one great thing about it is that I’ve the freedom to binge read when I want to. Usually I don’t, as “variety is the spice of life” even in reading, but there have been times when a particular series is just so addictively good that the need-to-binge is just triggered. Amelia Smith’s Anamat series is an example of this. I downloaded its first book Scrapplings, Children of the Dragons, almost as much for its beautiful cover as for the appeal of the book description in its publisher’s blurb. As I noted in my separate review of that book, I love fantasy “when it’s done in a way that’s both innovative and enjoyable.” That was totally the case with book 1, and I fell in love with Darna (an absolutely superb leading character) and with Myril, Iola, Thorat and the rest of the supporting cast. In fact, the book was sooo very good that I just had to (really had to) get into book 2, Priestess of the Dragons Temple. That story (about Iola’s battle to become the next ambassadress to the dragons' realm - and to turn the temple back to being a true sanctuary of the dragons) of course totally drew me in, so no surprise then that I simply had to (HAD to) turn right to book 3. Of course that book, The Defender’s Apprentice (which is the first of what had originally been the Dragonsfall Trilogy, the prior novels technically being prequels), did nothing to slow down my addiction. I mean c’mon, a story about a pickpocket (Eppie) turned into the last apprentice of the dying Defenders Order and then taking her new swordsman skills and setting out to save a dragon (Tiada)? How could I possibly resist? No way on this Earth. I. She’d into totally addiction and turned to book 4. That book, The Turncoat Prince (technically book 2 of the Dragonsfall Trilogy) was delicious, with Darna in the forefront of a story with twists and turns, romance and betrayals, thrills and action and of course, a dragon. It brought my addiction to a whole new level which could only be appeased by, you guessed it, turning right to the next book, Chronicles of the Last Days (Anamat, Book 5, though it’s book 3 in the Dragonsfall trilogy). Totally complex and convoluted yet somehow easy to follow (a masterful trick in itself) this book managed to tie up all the lose ends in a very satisfying conclusion. My addiction is now mostly satisfied, many many (many) hours into the biggest of binge reads, though for the record I’d be totally up for a sequel series. As for a bottom line review, that is very easy: each of these ebooks (and the entire collection) is easily rated 5 stars. They are all superbly written and loads of fun (though be warned as they’re also clearly highly addictive). Can’t to much better than that in my opinion. Great overall overarching story arc and superb individual book plots, great cast of characters and great writing. I’m glad I downloaded these books. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises - the series definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the Anamat series (including the Dragonsfall Trilogy) is most definitely one to read, it is easy to highly recommend.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    this is the second addition to this series. The girls Iola, Myril and Darna are in the temple as priestess. Thorat is part of the palace guard. Politics are running rampant both at the temple and the palace. Everyone is waiting for the old governor to die and the new governor to be chosen. I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Manda Meow

    I had the pleasure of reading an electronic copy of this book free for early review. I had mixed feelings about the first book in this series, and my feelings are even more mixed now. The only things I'm sure of are that I would have loved this series when I first started reading fantasy at the age of 13, and that my mother absolutely would not have approved. Now I'm the age my mother was then, and I find myself very uncomfortable with the mature sexual content combined with the very young age o I had the pleasure of reading an electronic copy of this book free for early review. I had mixed feelings about the first book in this series, and my feelings are even more mixed now. The only things I'm sure of are that I would have loved this series when I first started reading fantasy at the age of 13, and that my mother absolutely would not have approved. Now I'm the age my mother was then, and I find myself very uncomfortable with the mature sexual content combined with the very young age of the main characters, intended for a young adult target audience.  It has taken me weeks since finishing the book to put my review into words, mainly because I was still coming to terms with the fact I had just read a young adult book about teen prostitution. About halfway through reading I began picturing the characters not as real people but as anime characters, and my feelings of discomfort subsided somewhat. The book certainly pushes the boundaries between acceptable fantasy content and pedophilia. While it is true that sex among young teens is common both in fantasy and the medieval histories they are inspired by, I've never seen a book targeted for young adults feature the subject in such depth, with the young teen main characters being priestess prostitutes. I felt that this book tended to glorify and romanticize sex and the concept of spiritual prostitution. There were no graphic scenes like one would find in many fantasy series intended for adults, the actual sexual acts are referred to in poetic terms with much left to the imagination.  There were very few negative aspects to the prostitution shown in the book, and those that did appear were glossed over with very little detail. At worst the men the main characters encounter are referred to as "annoying" or lacking spirituality. The author attempts to use a secondhand tale of a rape to balance this  glorification of prostitution, but refers to it only in a vague manner using only implication, then passes onto the next part of the story without a glance back. It seemed thrown in as an afterthought. It is very difficult to deal with such a mature topic in such flowery gauzy way, overlooking the downsides, intended for a young audience. The author walked a very fine line, I think successfully for the most part as she didn't completely cross any boundary for me that would have made me stop reading. On the more positive side, the world Smith has created is fascinating. The dragons and thier magic are the biggest draw of the series. I missed the constant presence of the dragonlets from the first book, but I enjoyed learning more detail about the religion surrounding the dragons and the magical ways they are tied to the priestesses and people of the realm. The politics of the world are what one might expect, with the typical royalty and juxtaposition for power, with small variations that feed off the dragon lore quite nicely. I felt the this rich world is just a backdrop for scenes involving naked teens bathing together, and I wish it were the other way around. I would like less descriptions of teen breasts pushed against eachother in a (seemingly) innocent playful manner,  and more descriptions of what the world is like, how the guilds are run, what the dragons are like, and how the turbulent political dramas will play out. I fully expect the next book to answer a lot of my questions and am looking forward to it, with all of my mixed feelings.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Boulder Boulderson

    First of all, thanks to Goodreads and Amelia Smith the copy which I won. I should begin by making it clear that this book probably isn't for me - it's about the growing up of a group of teenaged girls. I am not and have never been a teenaged girl, so to some extent I wasn't able to relate to the main characters. Furthermore, I haven't read the first book in the series so there may well be a lot I'm missing out on. However, I do find the premise a bit dubious - groups of pre-pubescent girls are gat First of all, thanks to Goodreads and Amelia Smith the copy which I won. I should begin by making it clear that this book probably isn't for me - it's about the growing up of a group of teenaged girls. I am not and have never been a teenaged girl, so to some extent I wasn't able to relate to the main characters. Furthermore, I haven't read the first book in the series so there may well be a lot I'm missing out on. However, I do find the premise a bit dubious - groups of pre-pubescent girls are gathered, largely from the streets of a large city, indoctrinated in a cult and given access to narcotics, then pimped out to paying customers. They are strictly forced to do this, but the reluctance of some of the characters is overridden by their conditioning that it's "the right thing to do". If this idea makes you uncomfortable, then maybe this isn't the book for you. Elsewise, I found the plot interesting but extremely slow - this is a only a 300 page book, but not a lot really happens in it. What does is good, but there could've been a lot more. In summary then, very well written but consisting of (in my opinion) dubious ideas and somewhat slow paced. If you enjoyed the first one, pick it up, but don't dive in here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This is the book where the Anamat series really gets interesting to me. In this one, we get to see how the scrapplings have become something more than they were before and also understand a lot more about the Dragon’s temple. There’s a lot more action and the implications of each one’s actions will set the future of their nation. I was much more intrigued by this book that the first, I would actually recommend starting with this one. I am split as to whether I will continue the series, but the wo This is the book where the Anamat series really gets interesting to me. In this one, we get to see how the scrapplings have become something more than they were before and also understand a lot more about the Dragon’s temple. There’s a lot more action and the implications of each one’s actions will set the future of their nation. I was much more intrigued by this book that the first, I would actually recommend starting with this one. I am split as to whether I will continue the series, but the world is certainly one of the more unusual ones I’ve ever read. Warning: Contains sexual content and violence Who should read it? Fantasy Fans See all my reviews and more at www.ReadingToDistraction.com or @Read2Distract

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rita C

    The protagonists aren't that likable. The world isn't that likable. The temple won't let petitioners in to see the priestesses without a generous offering (so only the rich get the benefit of the religion?). Then the priestesses are expected to have sex with the petitioners as part of a rite to connect with the dragons. Granted the dragons are real, and some of the priestesses really do the rite correctly so that a connection is achieved. However, most of the priestesses and most of the citizens The protagonists aren't that likable. The world isn't that likable. The temple won't let petitioners in to see the priestesses without a generous offering (so only the rich get the benefit of the religion?). Then the priestesses are expected to have sex with the petitioners as part of a rite to connect with the dragons. Granted the dragons are real, and some of the priestesses really do the rite correctly so that a connection is achieved. However, most of the priestesses and most of the citizens are what they call "dragon blind". They neither see them nor really believe in them anymore. So in effect it works out to be mostly ritualized prostitution. And the priestesses don't have much choice in refusing a petitioner, so there are consent issues too. All in all, not my cup of tea.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Tornello

    I would definitely recommend reading the first book in this series before reading this one if you want to really understand what is going on. I liked seeing what happened to the characters after the first book, but I found this book a bit repetitive with less action.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    I liked the idea of this book. However I found that the writing was a bit disjointed. I seemed to jump a lot. I will be giving it another try and maybe it will be better the second time around. I loved that it had dragons and other great fantasy aspects.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debby Cash

    Was sent book by Goodreads. An enjoyable book although some characters a bit bland. Nice light reading

  14. 4 out of 5

    James Lynam

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  16. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Hate2beLate

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth King

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karlie DeMarse

  23. 5 out of 5

    Paulina Bertorello

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  25. 4 out of 5

    Micielle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Betty

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Stella Clarkson

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 4 out of 5

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  33. 4 out of 5

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  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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  36. 5 out of 5

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  37. 4 out of 5

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  38. 5 out of 5

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  39. 4 out of 5

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  40. 5 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

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  43. 4 out of 5

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  44. 5 out of 5

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  45. 5 out of 5

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  46. 4 out of 5

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  47. 5 out of 5

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  48. 4 out of 5

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