Hidden (Dragonlands #1) by Megg Jensen
Series: Dragonlands #1
Author: Megg Jensen
Published: 20th December 2013
Source: E-copy from the author for my honest review
The mystery enshrouding Hutton’s Bridge is as impenetrable as the fog that descended at its borders eighty years ago. Each year, three villagers enter the mist searching for answers. No one ever returns.
Then a dragon falls from the sky to the town square, dead—the first glimpse of an outside world that has become nothing more than a fairy tale to Hutton’s Bridge. Except to Tressa.
Tressa grew up with Granna’s stories of the days before the fog fell. When Granna dies, leaving Tressa without any family, Tressa ventures into the fog herself, vowing to unravel the foul magic holding Hutton’s Bridge captive.
What she discovers beyond the fog endangers the lives of everyone she loves.
This book was very different than what I'd expected and even as I continued reading the story it kept going down paths I didn't expect. I love stories that keep me guessing but unfortunately I didn't connect with story and though it did get better later on, the start left me feeling quite detached.
There were two main characters in this story and though they weren't two-dimensional, stock-standard characters, I couldn't connect with either of them. I felt the same way about the rest of the characters too, which was something that I think really stopped me from enjoying this book. Their thoughts seemed to run in the most ridiculous directions and most of the choice they made just left me shaking my head.
The other thing that really disappointed me was the world building. The world in this book had really interesting ideas but I wasn't given enough information in the story to really understand the world. I love world-building in stories, fantasy especially, and I wish there had been more.
There was a lot of potential for this story and I know that a lot of people really enjoyed it, but it just didn't tick the right boxes for me and I really struggled to engage with the story and characters. This book was loved by lots people, but I just couldn't connect.