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Raif has always believed in honour and duty. When he is asked to travel to the distant north to wake the dragon Arden from his centuries’ long sleep, he embraces the opportunity. But Arden is not what Raif was expecting: whimsical, mischievous and charming, he frustrates and flusters Raif at every turn. When danger draws them to the lagoon city of Aliann, Raif’s troubles de Raif has always believed in honour and duty. When he is asked to travel to the distant north to wake the dragon Arden from his centuries’ long sleep, he embraces the opportunity. But Arden is not what Raif was expecting: whimsical, mischievous and charming, he frustrates and flusters Raif at every turn. When danger draws them to the lagoon city of Aliann, Raif’s troubles deepen. The city is complex, political, and overwhelming, but he finds himself drawn into its challenges, from the political machinations of its upper classes to the prejudices faced by its refugee population. The city, not unlike its new dragon, is seductive and full of secrets, but when those secrets spill over into violence, it is Raif who is must challenge his own assumptions to save both the city and everyone who lives within it.


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Raif has always believed in honour and duty. When he is asked to travel to the distant north to wake the dragon Arden from his centuries’ long sleep, he embraces the opportunity. But Arden is not what Raif was expecting: whimsical, mischievous and charming, he frustrates and flusters Raif at every turn. When danger draws them to the lagoon city of Aliann, Raif’s troubles de Raif has always believed in honour and duty. When he is asked to travel to the distant north to wake the dragon Arden from his centuries’ long sleep, he embraces the opportunity. But Arden is not what Raif was expecting: whimsical, mischievous and charming, he frustrates and flusters Raif at every turn. When danger draws them to the lagoon city of Aliann, Raif’s troubles deepen. The city is complex, political, and overwhelming, but he finds himself drawn into its challenges, from the political machinations of its upper classes to the prejudices faced by its refugee population. The city, not unlike its new dragon, is seductive and full of secrets, but when those secrets spill over into violence, it is Raif who is must challenge his own assumptions to save both the city and everyone who lives within it.

30 review for Recovery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Achim

    4.5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Wonderful. I love this series and this book was fantastic. I loved it. Amy Rae Durreson writes such satisfying, lively fantasy romance where both the fantasy parts and the romance parts of the story are equally strong. This book has excellent world-building, delightful and fascinating main characters, vivid secondary characters, exciting adventure, and a wonderful romance. I love the easy diversity of this series--people of colour are main characters in each of the books and there different kind Wonderful. I love this series and this book was fantastic. I loved it. Amy Rae Durreson writes such satisfying, lively fantasy romance where both the fantasy parts and the romance parts of the story are equally strong. This book has excellent world-building, delightful and fascinating main characters, vivid secondary characters, exciting adventure, and a wonderful romance. I love the easy diversity of this series--people of colour are main characters in each of the books and there different kinds of queer folk, and many different races and languages are represented among the cast of characters. I am excited for the next book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarina

    4.75* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews. *squeals* Oh my god, I can’t even begin to properly articulate the love I have for this series; every time a new book is released I’m further impressed by the author and the world she’s created. This latest book features Raif, a character from the second novel that I’d come to enjoy quite a bit and that I’ve found myself absolutely loving in this one. When he’s given the mission to locate and awaken Arden, I was already envisioning what the new dragon 4.75* Review written for Love Bytes Reviews. *squeals* Oh my god, I can’t even begin to properly articulate the love I have for this series; every time a new book is released I’m further impressed by the author and the world she’s created. This latest book features Raif, a character from the second novel that I’d come to enjoy quite a bit and that I’ve found myself absolutely loving in this one. When he’s given the mission to locate and awaken Arden, I was already envisioning what the new dragon would be like and looking forward to their working together. Arden, however, was nothing like what I was expecting. Much more willing to indulge himself and the things that make life worth living, Arden was certainly not what either Raif or myself had been expecting in terms of the dragon king’s battlemaster. I loved seeing him completely confound Raif and how, as they spent more time together, he began rubbing off on Raif in a multitude of different ways. Snarky Raif is officially my favorite Raif. Just saying. :D This was also the most ‘political’ book of the series so far as the fight with the shadow was done around the city council and amongst the election for a new leader. I may not care for politics in general but this was just so well done that I found the entire thing entertaining though someone who hates any kind of political situation will probably feel differently. This was…just SO DAMN GOOD! 85% of the way in I honest to god squealed in excitement and then had to deal with the resulting looks of ‘wtf, you’re nuts’ that came of it. I absolutely have to go back and read the first two books in the series now because there’s no way I can’t go back over them back to back to back. I will regret nothing. I am also super excited and looking forward to the next book coming out; that one will feature Markell and Kas and that’s a pairing that’s pretty much guaranteed to be entertaining and explosive by turns. Anyone that loves a good fantasy story or anything with dragons in it absolutely has to read this series; you’re totally missing out if you don’t!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa The Novel Approach

    I don’t often quote myself, but here I am, preparing to quote myself: “This series is a thing of beauty for lovers of high fantasy. That’s really all that needs saying about both Reawakening and now, Resistance”. Which was the final line of my review of Amy Rae Durreson’s Resistance, back in December of 2015, and I can now say that the same truth applies to Recovery, book three in this author’s brilliant Reawakening series. The world building in these novels is gorgeous and detailed, without ever I don’t often quote myself, but here I am, preparing to quote myself: “This series is a thing of beauty for lovers of high fantasy. That’s really all that needs saying about both Reawakening and now, Resistance”. Which was the final line of my review of Amy Rae Durreson’s Resistance, back in December of 2015, and I can now say that the same truth applies to Recovery, book three in this author’s brilliant Reawakening series. The world building in these novels is gorgeous and detailed, without ever becoming cumbersome, and the romantic elements are pure and forthright yet complex as well. Giving his heart to a dragon who’s been asleep for a thousand years is Raif’s duty. A dragon who awakens with a world of hurt weighing on his own heart. A dragon who infuriates with his tendency towards playfulness when Raif would prefer Arden be commanding and resolute in their quest to find and lay waste to the Shadow. Arden might not be what Raif anticipated in a dragon lord, but in the end, it all leads to a life of incomparable riches—riches upon which one can’t place a tangible value. The price of loving a dragon is steep, however, and Raif finds himself in the fight of his life. A fight in which his own heart pays a heavy toll for a lie of omission that may cost Raif everything. Or, will offer him an unimaginable boon. A dragon’s strength is drawn from the collection of humans who vow their allegiance and pledge their hearts to the dragon lords, so as each of them have awakened, they’ve set about the reestablishing of the hoards they’d lost centuries before during the Dragon Wars. As Raif and Arden make their way to the city of Aliann, the place where Arden hopes to establish his greatest treasure, the friction grows as Raif realizes Arden is not the type of dragon he’d hoped to serve. Raif is the staid sort—let’s be honest, he needed to loosen up. A lot. But he has good reasons for being so serious. And, while Arden is cheeky and appears frivolous, he also conceals a deeper secret that Raif will eventually learn cuts both ways. Raif is the oil to Arden’s water as they travel together, and they arrive in Aliann only to discover that while Arden works undercover to win the hearts of the people, there is a dark malevolence in its own disguise that’s attempting to take over the city. A deadly enemy that knows Arden’s one true weakness. A deadly enemy that underestimates Raif’s convictions, his heart, and his destiny. One of my many favorite things—because the entire book is one favorite thing after another, to be honest—is the way Durreson populates every one of these stories with an array of characters who each stands out in their own way. From dragons to selkies to nixies to a hydra to pirates to the Queen of the River to the humans who populate Aliann, Recovery is filled from cover to cover with characters that enrich the whole of the story and fire the imagination; in particular, the pirate Kastrian, Prince of the Sea. I ended up loving him a lot more than I thought I would, and it appears he will feature prominently in the next book(s), as will another of Arden’s brothers, Markell. Another highlight among the many is I absolutely love that this world allows for strong male and female and non-binary characterizations. Durreson doesn’t populate this series with caricatures or cookie cutter characters, which I appreciate as much for their representation as I do for the smart dialogue. But, of course, the heart of the story is the love that grows between Raif and Arden, a love that is tried and tested and proves, beyond the Shadow of evil, that it is true and enduring. This is a story of faith and courage in the face of seemingly impossible odds, a recovery of spirit, a recovery of hope and heart and strength, a reclaiming of life and the future. I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of everything that happens in Recovery, or that’s happened in the Reawakening series up to this point. The politics and mythology, loyalty and the quest for truth and justice as a force of darkness threatens to destroy, gives an edge of danger and cruelty to the desire to love and be loved in return. And, the best part is that it’s all crafted and woven seamlessly through Amy Rae Durreson’s most capable prose. Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach

  5. 4 out of 5

    Levi

    Full review is at : OptimuMM - Home of MM Book Reviews Wow…I want to read the previous books in the series! Although this is 3rd of the series, there is no problem following the plot and characters. This book is placed in a world where the Keeper of the Laws are dragons, we’ll meet various creatures and Gods in this book. This sequel is about Raif. Raif is a faithful man, a devotee of Dual God of Tiallat. Tiallat is the place where Raif comes from. He is travelling north to awaken the dragon Arden. Full review is at : OptimuMM - Home of MM Book Reviews Wow…I want to read the previous books in the series! Although this is 3rd of the series, there is no problem following the plot and characters. This book is placed in a world where the Keeper of the Laws are dragons, we’ll meet various creatures and Gods in this book. This sequel is about Raif. Raif is a faithful man, a devotee of Dual God of Tiallat. Tiallat is the place where Raif comes from. He is travelling north to awaken the dragon Arden. His first stop is in Allien, the city of the cities. After bribing through customs and the gates, Reif finds himself almost drowned in the lagoon. For me, Allien was an image of Venice, with canals, bridges and narrow passages. Allien is built on the Lagoon, in what Reif finds himself after meeting them, Pol. He almost drowned but someone, a woman saves him. Later we will find out that the woman is not an ordinary woman and she chooses Raif as her champion. After that, Raif can’t wait to get out of this city, and he hopes he will never return again. Then his journey to north resumes. On his way to find Arden, he has time to delve into his past. He survived the Plague and the Shadow, who overtook him, he misses his best friend, Iskandir, who turned out to be the Dual God of Tiallat, but he can’t get passed that him, Iskandir was lying to him. When he reached the place where Arden should be, his search starts. Finally, he finds Arden who was sleeping for over a thousand years, Raif wakes him with an ardent pledge to be a part of his horde. But Arden is nothing like Raif would expect from a Keeper of the Laws. Arden is naughty and frivolous. He’s a handful. He doesn’t speak the language, but he is a quick study. He learns all the tricks in this world like gambling and cheating, smooth talk and charms. Raif, against his own will, is falling for Arden. But in order to destroy the Shadow they need to turn back to Alienn and meet the challenge of finding the Shadow. It’s a wonderful story. It captured me from the start. Raif is the epitome of a champion, honest, true to his world, always ready to help…and a virgin. Arden can’t be more dragon as he is. The fire fuels him, making Raif burn for the dragon. But Arden has a secret, a secret what will bring heartbreak to Raif… 5 honest to God OptimuMM’s. ****The ARC was provided by DSP Publications. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

  6. 4 out of 5

    J1B

    Wow! What can I say? Durreson has continued to deliver in this fantastic MM fantasy series. This book focuses on the previously minor character Raif, and follows his awakening of the third dragon Arden (quite possibly my favorite dragon to date). Of the entire series, I feel that Arden is the most developed as a character with the most unique voice and motivations, but still retains the small quirks that are universal among the dragons of this world. The mythology that Durreson has built in this Wow! What can I say? Durreson has continued to deliver in this fantastic MM fantasy series. This book focuses on the previously minor character Raif, and follows his awakening of the third dragon Arden (quite possibly my favorite dragon to date). Of the entire series, I feel that Arden is the most developed as a character with the most unique voice and motivations, but still retains the small quirks that are universal among the dragons of this world. The mythology that Durreson has built in this series remains some of the best I've ever encountered (in my opinion, a close tie to "The Steel Remains" series in world-building, but this series completely eclipses Richard Morgan's series in likability of characters and the most important element: FUN!). Gone is the bleak, desolate outlook of "Resistance;" we're still dealing with the indiscriminate Shadow killer, but with some much appreciated levity interlaced throughout the narrative. I cannot recommend this series enough to fans of MM fantasy, and I think this one is the best we've seen yet. I hope the next book with deal with Sharnyn, but perhaps Markell will be the focus. I find that I don't care which as long as we get more of Durreson and this amazing series. The one issue I had with this one was the character "Pol," introduced as not a male or female (OK, if even the ancient shifter spirits have a sex... but OK that's fine I'm cosmopolitan and can handle it), who was referred to and about using the "singular they." I had honestly been someone who thought "Sure, singular they works" until I read this, and noticed how inhibiting and clunky it was to have to constantly read around a pronoun that, in my new opinion, should be reserved primarily for plural occasions. I'm not trying to be political here, it was just really difficult to read, needlessly so.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Query

    I'm torn because there is so much about this novel that is excellent, but it just didn't quite land. The world building is beautiful and expands on the lore to add more depth to the world. The politics felt stupid, but in a very realistic way. Kastrian is one of my favorite characters and I love that we only get to see him through Raif's (very flawed) POV. However. None of the emotional punches landed. Raif's personal journey resonated with me--the stubborn idealist who was let down by his overly I'm torn because there is so much about this novel that is excellent, but it just didn't quite land. The world building is beautiful and expands on the lore to add more depth to the world. The politics felt stupid, but in a very realistic way. Kastrian is one of my favorite characters and I love that we only get to see him through Raif's (very flawed) POV. However. None of the emotional punches landed. Raif's personal journey resonated with me--the stubborn idealist who was let down by his overly rigid ideals gets curveballs thrown at him left and right and he ends up finding passions that I maybe wouldn't have expected at the beginning. He's all set at the beginning of the novel to go on a very particular journey of personal development, but he ends up going on a very different one. Which is great--except none of this really had enough weight. I personally blame the always present and never interesting romance between Raif and Arden for that. The sex scenes were extraneous. In fact, the Raif/Arden relationship was just clunky. Raif's "desire for power" didn't feel real to me and his attraction to Arden didn't have the depth it needed. It especially didn't help that Team Raif kept making jokes about how horny the two of them obviously were--it made it harder for me to buy Arden as a Very Serious Dragon pretending to be a joker and it also robbed their budding relationship of depth. On that note, Team Raif was too one-note for how much depth the rest of the characters had. Esen is spoiled rotten but wants to be useful, and she's occasionally haunted by when the Shadow used her--but none of that felt real. She mostly felt like an annoying kid that inserted herself into the plot without actually doing anything. Tama is supposed to be pretty cool, I guess? But all I know is that she's related to other side characters and is pretty competent. The story would have been the exact same if you removed both of them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Riayl

    So, I gotta be honest. I went into this one with a bit of dread. I really REALLY liked Iskandir. Which meant I was already looking at Raif negatively at the end of the second book. Despite everything Iskandir had done for him and others, and how they had been friends - until Raif discovered the truth about Iskandir (view spoiler)[being his god (hide spoiler)] , Raif was super judgemental and disappointed in Iskandir. That feeling carried over into the second book. Then Arden comes into the pictur So, I gotta be honest. I went into this one with a bit of dread. I really REALLY liked Iskandir. Which meant I was already looking at Raif negatively at the end of the second book. Despite everything Iskandir had done for him and others, and how they had been friends - until Raif discovered the truth about Iskandir (view spoiler)[being his god (hide spoiler)] , Raif was super judgemental and disappointed in Iskandir. That feeling carried over into the second book. Then Arden comes into the picture and once again Raif is disappointed because someone doesn't live up to his expectations. His character was SO frustrating because he never seemed to take responsibility for anything and always blamed others for not living up to how HE thought they should be, without ever trying to dig any deeper and see how they really thought or felt. And since the book was Raif's POV, we don't really get to know much about Arden. Despite my frustrations with Raif, I really enjoyed the story. Interesting side characters, and the city setting was intriguing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JL Lucaban

    My feelings and thoughts was very, very passionate while reading this. All of it is bad things about Raif, but the sum of it is that he's a fricking idiot! But only because I see more 'informations' and he doesn't... problems of all Observers. But the rest of the time, I was laughing and and giggling, and a little heated on the hot scenes. xD Love it, it's definitely good. P.S. So, I'm adding this to say that I rate books by what I am feeling while reading and the story. Not how it's made, you kn My feelings and thoughts was very, very passionate while reading this. All of it is bad things about Raif, but the sum of it is that he's a fricking idiot! But only because I see more 'informations' and he doesn't... problems of all Observers. But the rest of the time, I was laughing and and giggling, and a little heated on the hot scenes. xD Love it, it's definitely good. P.S. So, I'm adding this to say that I rate books by what I am feeling while reading and the story. Not how it's made, you know, like the rules of this and that when writing... As long as it's good enough to be understood without thinking too much on corrections, then that's a star for me already. Not that this has that kind of errors, just that I'm not really good at judging it that way. To me, this was very good on that field. Anyone else thinks the opposite, then Ha! xD PPS. That brothel scene, it reminded me way too much of Gay As Folk... xD

  10. 4 out of 5

    zyu

    Why do I always find myself so fond of the secondary characters eagerly waiting for their story to begin and then disregard them for yet another secondary character? *shrugs* Does it matter? I knew Raif would never make a favourite of mine for he is too damn righteous, moral, correct, idek. Arden... Who the hell is Arden? xD Seriously, I love these stories and I’m definitely will buy all the next books in the series but I can never put a finger on this weird dissonance I’m experiencing with the Why do I always find myself so fond of the secondary characters eagerly waiting for their story to begin and then disregard them for yet another secondary character? *shrugs* Does it matter? I knew Raif would never make a favourite of mine for he is too damn righteous, moral, correct, idek. Arden... Who the hell is Arden? xD Seriously, I love these stories and I’m definitely will buy all the next books in the series but I can never put a finger on this weird dissonance I’m experiencing with the protagonists. All this bizarreness aside, I’ve got to admit - I absolutely adore how different from each other these books are. Every story is nothing like the previous one and it’s so fresh and unusual for any series. So far Iskandir’s story is still my favourite. And I’m looking forward to Rebellion! Kas? Plz?

  11. 4 out of 5

    S. G

    Worth it! Amazing! This third book it is just amazing. I still love more the second, just because of the main character, but this is at the same level. The story is full of action, really dynamic and never boring. So far Arden is my favorite dragon. Raif is also really interesting. He suffer all the psychological doubts that everyone can feel. We can project ourselves in him in many aspects. It is very human in short terms. All three books have a different style. The first one was the easiest one Worth it! Amazing! This third book it is just amazing. I still love more the second, just because of the main character, but this is at the same level. The story is full of action, really dynamic and never boring. So far Arden is my favorite dragon. Raif is also really interesting. He suffer all the psychological doubts that everyone can feel. We can project ourselves in him in many aspects. It is very human in short terms. All three books have a different style. The first one was the easiest one in the construction of the story it is a classic adventure quest. The second one more mature and sad and heavy and realistic. It is about consequences. (and I've loved it) this third one is about "revolution" and change. Is about a more advanced society, a different kind a civilization, new discoveries and steps in the culture. I never got bored. I'll wait for the next one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Haruhi

    (This is just whining and not presented as criticism.) (view spoiler)[Omg I really didn't want Arden and Raif to end up together. Really really really did not. Also I didn't like Arden?? Enjoyed the book, squirmed like hell at the romance and started skipping scenes when I realized no it was actually the legit endgame, rather than more or less platonic hookups (which is srsly what it felt like c'mon). Unrelated (mostly) Kastrian was loads of fun, I love selkies, and I'm super pumped for Markell's (This is just whining and not presented as criticism.) (view spoiler)[Omg I really didn't want Arden and Raif to end up together. Really really really did not. Also I didn't like Arden?? Enjoyed the book, squirmed like hell at the romance and started skipping scenes when I realized no it was actually the legit endgame, rather than more or less platonic hookups (which is srsly what it felt like c'mon). Unrelated (mostly) Kastrian was loads of fun, I love selkies, and I'm super pumped for Markell's book. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    If you love dragons, great world building, a strong story not overloaded with sex, and fantastic writing, you'll love this book and the entire series. Each book can be read as a standalone but it's best to read all of them. Have to admit that I love all of them but Arden is my favorite dragon so far. How many times can you say "love" in one review? I guess a lot because I LOVE this book and series. If you love dragons, great world building, a strong story not overloaded with sex, and fantastic writing, you'll love this book and the entire series. Each book can be read as a standalone but it's best to read all of them. Have to admit that I love all of them but Arden is my favorite dragon so far. How many times can you say "love" in one review? I guess a lot because I LOVE this book and series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Saskia

    I liked the first book, loved the second, and expected a lot more from the third... I was a little disappointed with the characters in this one. I thought there would be a little more inner conflict, or at least that the nature of it would be somewhat different. I am kind of looking forward to the sequel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Rolle

    2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Amy Rae Durreson Recovery (Reawakening #3) 1) I'm not generally a big fan of fantasy but i really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. A wonderful job of world building. Multi dimensional and engaging. Very descriptive   2017 Rainbow Awards Submission: Amy Rae Durreson Recovery (Reawakening #3) 1) I'm not generally a big fan of fantasy but i really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. A wonderful job of world building. Multi dimensional and engaging. Very descriptive  

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    4.5 STARS Excellent continuation of this brilliant fantasy series! I know they’re longish books but not over 500 pages long. It’s just such a shame it’s so long between novels :) I can’t wait for the next one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    La*La

    3.75 stars. Too dragged out, too much politics, too little romance... but way better than the 2nd book, so there's that. 3.75 stars. Too dragged out, too much politics, too little romance... but way better than the 2nd book, so there's that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    if you eliminate the romance, you'll have the five stars review. (god damn, i'm mad about that - like actually red-eyed mad.) so Kastrian? oh my beating heart. if you eliminate the romance, you'll have the five stars review. (god damn, i'm mad about that - like actually red-eyed mad.) so Kastrian? oh my beating heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth H.

    Such a well-written series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nova

    3.5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Peters

    -2nd read through and yup, still adore the world-building, the deep characterization, and the multiple plotlines seamlessly woven throughout the novel. Still keeping my fingers crossed for a 4th book because gaaah I love this series

  22. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    Fantastic addition to the series. This one was lighter in tone than the last which suits Arden's personality and exactly what Raif needed. Fantastic addition to the series. This one was lighter in tone than the last which suits Arden's personality and exactly what Raif needed.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anverie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  26. 4 out of 5

    Luisa Pugliano

  27. 5 out of 5

    Delorra

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ian

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kirsche

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

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