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Vilda lives in a muddy little corner of the world, in the time of the war that never ends. The war between the Waterfolk and the Dreughan. She is different where conformity is important, break rules in a world where punishments are given freely, and she pays for it. If it weren't for her best friend Troy, she would have no one. Then Vilda saves the life of a dragon and shoVilda lives in a muddy little corner of the world, in the time of the war that never ends. The war between the Waterfolk and the Dreughan. She is different where conformity is important, break rules in a world where punishments are given freely, and she pays for it. If it weren't for her best friend Troy, she would have no one. Then Vilda saves the life of a dragon and shortly after that, things are spiraling out of control. The Waterfolk attack, searching for an unclaimed girl, and Vilda has to escape through the night together with Troy and the only other girl the Waterfolk could be looking for – their former best friend, Susannah.Soon, they find themselves in Dragoncourt, the stronghold of the Dreughan, where a prophecy predicts that the war will finally come to an end when the beautiful Dreughan prince has claimed another royal from the end of the world. It seems as if Vilda is the girl in the prophecy, and she might be, but she also has a strong link to a young man with black hair and eyes as blue as the summer skies – the prince’s cousin, Drake......

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courage Reviews

  • Dianne
    2018-10-17 21:17

    She never fit in among the other villagers. Motherless, her father had little time, love or patience for her, brutal in his criticism, harsh in his punishments, but Vilda has a strong spirit, a wonderful imagination and one of the best friends a young outcast could want. Not one to shy away from adventure, Vilda had no idea where a desperate run for freedom would take her. Vilda’s tale is one that is equally exciting, sad and filled with the magic of adventure and discovery in a time when war was constantly raging, distrust was running rampant and no one was safe.Just a young teen, Vilda was to become part of a prophecy that will take her to new lands, and into a world where dragons exist and long-held secrets will be discovered, including what happened to the dragon she once tried to save.Like another version of the Three Musketeers, Troy, Vilda and Susannah are a force to be reckoned with as their loyalty and willingness to die for each other becomes apparent when hard-headed Vilda’s temper and free spirit manage to put them in precarious situations.Courage by Lena North is fantasy adventure for younger teens and YA that never fails to make each page come alive in a world in turmoil. Fascinating, fun and filled with bits of humor and snark, Ms. North’s tale is a testament to friendship, trust and the daring of young heroes willing to test the boundaries of their existence at any cost. Vilda, Troy and Susannah are those kids you wish your kids knew!Fun, fast and furious fantasy that all readers will love!I received this copy from Lena North in exchange for my honest review.Series: The Dreughan - Book 1Publisher: Flat-out Publishing; 4 edition (August 21, 2015)Publication Date: August 21, 2015Genre: YA Fantasy | DragonsPrint Length: 238 pagesAvailable from: AmazonFor Reviews & More:

  • E. C. McRoy
    2018-10-10 01:07

    Also posted on my YA Book Blog.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.My rating is 2.5.I had problems with this book mainly because it was difficult to take seriously. It had a really interesting plot and real promise, but ultimately I just wasn't convinced that anything important was really going on.First, the story. As I said, interesting. I felt that the idea of dragons ans peophecies and this crazy wild girl who was made to live as a boy... all of it was very interesting. But it fell flat. The prophecy was worded so strangely that even when they explained it it didn't sound right. And it's meaning... well, I didn't really like how it all ended up fine and dandy and no conflict whatsoever even though they messed it all up. It had promise, but poor execution that was a result of average writing, too much ill placed humor, and underdeveloped characters.Which brings me to the characters. Vilda was so close to being super interesting! A girl made to dress and live as a boy who doesn't look like anyone else? Yep, so much promise. But she was too busy being Miss Hurt Feelers to really bw interesting. She had to be friends with everyone and honestly seemed kind of needy. Troy was just there for comic relief - which this story already had way too much of. Susannah was better when she was being the snooty leader's daughter. Drake was interesting - until he fell in love and became all "babe" and "sweetie". And the rest were so busy being enamored with Vilda and apologizing for their mistakes that I really just didn't care. I needed someone to be the bad guy, but even the people they were at war with weren't really nad guys in the end!Finally, writing. It wasn't bad, but it needs some improvement. A little repetitive and there were some noticeable mistakes. Nothing an editing readthrough wouldn't fix. I wish the author had a better concept of conflict, slow burn, and utilizing unlikable characters, but the actual writing has potential and is the main reason this rating is as high as it is.Overall, I thought this was an interesting fantasy concept with a lot of potential. But I wouldn't recommend it without a rewrite. This feels like a first draft. Lots of potential, but in need of some fine tuning.

  • Amanda Gillespie Shock N Awe Book Blog
    2018-09-19 01:20

    Thanks to Lena North for this free digital copy in return for my honest review.Vilda is a young woman that has a hard time keeping her head down and keeping quiet in a world where being noticed can cause a lifetime of trouble. When sent to gather healing herbs, Vilda happens upon a dragon injured in a cave. She gathers her courage and helps the dragon by giving the healing herbs and learns that dragons can talk. She saunters off with the knowledge that she saved a dragon and that may be enough to get her through the long days of punishments that are sure to come because of her rambunctious and vocal way. Thank the heavens for Troy, her best friend that would turn the earth over to protect her. And then there is Susannah. Troy and Vilda's ex-best friend. When Troy and Vilda plan to run away Susannah threatens them if they won't take her with them. Then there is a visit by a traveler. What does he want and what does it have to do with Vilda? Vilda, Troy, and Susannah flee their compound when a group comes to find a special girl. Who is she and why is she so special. The reader must follow these characters through the world of Royals and Warriors as the group struggles to figure out where each one belongs.

  • Crystal
    2018-10-04 22:19

    I received this book in an exchange for an honest review. I got to say this book I really enjoyed a lot, it had some interesting scenarios and I have to say this was a book that I normally don't pick up in read but am sooo glad I did!!! The characters are amazing and goofy which is so awesome. I would definitely recommend this book and am going to start the next book in the series!!!!!

  • Lena
    2018-09-23 20:19


  • Aldis
    2018-10-09 01:21

    Book read for review I like dragons and underdogs, and Courage has both. Vilda is the village outcast, treated like a miscreant by her father for the smallest infractions. Her one bright spot and short escape from the never ending work is going for herbs up in the hills. Her life changes after a visit to the hills leaves her questioning her sanity. She soon finds out her sanity is fine, before her village is attacked over the 2 unmarried girls in the village - her and her former best friend. In their attempt to escape, the friends find they have more questions than answers, and get more deeply in trouble. Vilda, through everything, stays courageous as the fighter she is, and holds up her friends courage too. There is sweet romance, mystery, adventure, discovery, and change. I will be getting the next 2 books to find out what happens next. BTW, this is not a cliffhangar. It is a fun and light read with a satisfying ending.

  • Stein Ostby
    2018-10-13 20:06

    A well paced captivating story for my 13 year old fantasy buff but I also raced through the book myself to see what would happen to Vilda and her friends. Quite an original twist on the dragons as well.

  • MJ Melvin
    2018-10-16 01:21

    An interesting read for a teeen or teen. Vilda is always at odds with her father and she doesn't fit in. During an adventure to escape from her unhappy village life she stumbles upon an inured dragon. After she nursed him back to health, she returns to her life, but thoughts of him never stray far from her mind.The village is attacked and she must flee with two others.They find refuge in another group where she connects with a warrior and finally feels accepted for who she is.

  • MyzanM
    2018-09-21 22:14

    I enjoyed this a bit more than I expected. While I wasn't always fond of the main character, Vilda, I thourogh enjoyed the secondary characters. They all showed some slight developement while Vilda more or less stayed the same. While this book wouldn't have made me extatic had it been a fantasy story geared towards adult it was certainly more than good enough for a young adult book.

  • Reviewer King
    2018-10-13 03:05

    I was riveted to the pages from the opening passage to the very last word. At first, I was captured by the cover and the intriguing blurb of the book. I was hoping so badly that the book would live up to the hype that I've been getting when I selected the story. And it did, actually, live up to the hype.The setting, the fun characters, the fantasy element, everything was woven craftily and made reading very vivid and enjoyable. There were a few grammar mistakes, but they didn't take away from the story at all. I still enjoyed thoroughly.The writing is creative and capturing and I found myself hoping that the story would not end! And oooh Drake. I liked him. A lot.~ I really recommend you read it ~

  • Seraphia
    2018-09-23 22:11

    *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review of it. All the opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***Courage by Lena North is a story about a young girl named Vilda who lives in a village in the mountains and is the odd one out. She doesn’t really fit in or belong. All the people there have varying shades of brown skin and brown eyes but not Vilda. Vilda has fiery red hair, green eyes and pale skin that make her stand out from the other people in her village. Vilda is always getting into trouble and being punished but her life begins to change when she crosses paths with an injured dragon in a cave that she calls her own when she is sent to gather herbs for the fever that comes to the village every year. She helps the dragon…tends his wounds but when she goes to sleep after helping him and wakes to find him gone she starts to question whether any of it was really real. Things begin to change yet again when a stranger comes to the village, which is a rare thing indeed and then the Waterfolk decide to come and attack…Although Courage isn’t a book packed with action and drama from the get go it still manages to draw you in and make you want to learn more about the various characters that you are introduced to: Vilda, Troy, Susannah and the others that we meet later on…Drake and others. You want to learn as to why Vilda is not only so different but why she is treated so differently by the man she calls father. For me the book is engaged and interesting because Vilda is very skilled but she is unhappy with the life she leads and she decides that she is going to leave the village when she turns 16 to avoid being promised to someone she knows she wouldn’t be happy with. But when danger approaches the village from another group of people she decides that it’s time to leave now and then things in her life really begin to change and she begins a journey that will lead her to unexpected answers, friends and revelations.If you are a fan of Fantasy and YA novels then this book will really fit the bill for what you’re looking for. It’s so unique and you’ll be more than ready for the next book in this series when you finish. There are some surprises to come but in some ways it becomes a bit of a game to piece it all together before the story tells you but it’s a very enjoyable read nonetheless. This is a book that I would definitely recommend. There is some…sexual innuendo but it’s nothing too over the top that would make it a bad thing for this book. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I really look forward to the next book in this series by this author. Two thumbs up.

  • Eleonora
    2018-10-19 23:17

    I honestly don't know where to start this review. I guess I'll start by saying that I liked this book. I love reading books about dragons and since I am going to write my own dragon book during NaNoWriMo, I got some really good ideas from it.The plot was very interesting. I really enjoyed reading about the protagonist's adventure and her journey of self-discovery. Things happened that I hadn't predicted and I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. When it comes to the romance part of the story, I loved how it was written! I really liked that it wasn't a dragged out affair, where the heroine cannot make up her mind.In fact, I really liked how strong and independent Vilda was. And not just Vilda, but all of the characters in the book. They were all different and they all had some unique characteristic that made them interesting.Moving on, I want to also make a couple of negative comments. Firstly, I wanted to point out that there were several mistakes in the book. It wasn't typos, not exactly. They were syntactical errors. Words that were misplaced in the sentences as if the author made that mistake as she was writing in haste and no one noticed it during the editing process. And the second and last 'complaint' I have is that in a couple of cases the dialogues felt just a tiny bit off. What I mean is that in these moments I am talking about, it was a tiny bit obvious that it was a dialogue written in a book instead of just something that the characters were saying. However, it wasn't something that happened all the time. It was only two or three sentences in the entire book.Other than those two things I just mentioned, I had no problem while reading Courage. I can't wait to read Reason and Joy! I really want to find out what happens next in the story. I'm hoping that the next two books will make me laugh and cry just as much as the first one did (and I laughed a lot while reading Courage).All in all, I liked Courage. It was a very quick and enjoyable book to read and if you like dragon books too, then you should definitely pick it up and read it.*This was a book I requested in exchange for an honest review. You can see my entire blog post here:https://readingexperienceswithnora.wo...

  • Rebecca Austin
    2018-10-15 01:16

    Vilda lives in a settlement where she feels as though she doesn't belong. She is constantly in trouble with her best friend Troy, has drifted apart from her other best friend Susannah, and feels like a disappointment to her father Jonah. When Vilda saves a dragon inside of a cave one day she knows that she is destined for more than what is available to her.When tragedy strikes will Vilda be able to get herself and her friends to a safe place. When they come upon a group from Dragoncourt will they prove to be friend or foe? Will Vilda learn the truth about her own past and what she is destined for?I really enjoyed this book and found I was engaged from start to finish. I loved Vilda's character and her rebellious nature, even if it tended to get her into trouble. She was definitely a splash of color in a grey world. I did know that she would turn out to be gifted and I was glad to see how everything turned out when things were revealed to her.I loved the friendship of Troy, Vilda and Susannah. The explanations of Susannah's actions made perfect sense when you realized the why behind it. I hope the next book is about her and that Troy gets one too!Drake was awesome and I knew that things would be ok for him in the end. He really cared but was so loyal to Kee that it almost cost him.I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!

  • Megan
    2018-10-12 20:58

    I really liked this novel! The premise of the story caught my eye - Dragons, a strong heroine and prophecies all rolled into one delightful novel. Vilda was a very believable teenager. She had her ups and downs throughout the novel, but she always kept going with her chin held up and I liked that about her. Her best friend Troy was a great supporting character, and I often found myself laughing out loud at some of the moments they shared together. And Drake was a complete sweetheart to Vilda. I thought they were adorable together.Without giving too much away about the plot, I would say this is a great read for anyone looking for an adventurous novel with a little romance and discovery thrown in. It doesn't end in a cliffhanger, but definitely leaves you wanting more at the end. Recommended for those wanting a light YA romantic adventure. *I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Lee
    2018-10-05 20:59

    Awesome book! This story was a lot of fun! I really liked Vilda. She has a great personality, and it was a really interesting story about her being so different. Her village and the setting where she escaped into the mountains to be alone was a unique place. It was so cool when she met the dragon for the first time. Vilda, with her red hair and fiery personality is a highlight in the book, and it's awesome when she finds where she belongs and the people she belongs with. I really like Drake, too, and it's a favorite part of the book where Vilda and Drake can talk to each other in their minds. That's a lot of the fun part. Her friends make up a good part of the book, too, as they all travel on the adventures. There's lots of action and things that make up legends in this book. I highly recommend this book, and can't wait to read the others in the series.

  • Lauren
    2018-10-13 23:12

    *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review of it.***I enjoyed this book. It was a different take on Dragons than I had seen previously. I was actually thrilled we didn't have a love triangle, which I was admittedly expecting as soon as Troy's name was mentioned. I enjoyed the fact that Vilda was up front and in your face character about her emotions. It was different from other YA novels because she was so outspoken. I felt that the build up of the story was a little longer than necessary but once we got out of the main settlement everything clicked so nicely into place I found myself forgiving the long build up. I would love a second book but am delighted to see that it is not necessary to continue on the story. This novel was unique and inspiring. Perfect for the target audience of YA readers.

  • Diana
    2018-10-07 02:03

    Vilda has always been different. She feels like she is constantly being punished just for being herself. Having to cover her hair and try not to stand out. When she helps a dragon who is injured, she seems to have hope that maybe she is special and there is more for her out there. She learns about the war between the Dreugan and the Waterfolk. I really enjoyed seeing Vilda embrace her new self, and I love how she is really fearless. "Courage" is really depicted in this book. A strong girl, will grow up to be a strong women. I also like the way the men in the book treat her as an equal and not a fragile little girl. Definitely recommend and look forward to reading the rest of the Dreughan Books. Truly great job Lena North. Full video review on YouTube channel Adventures-IN-Print.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-10 00:54

    Great book. Very fast paced and full of action. Even the “slow” parts of the story are fascinating and keep introducing new information that helps keep the reader engaged. At one point I thought I had figured out the main twist, and while I was partially correct I was way off on another part. The story definitely keeps you guessing. I am rather anxious to read the second installment. Love the characters and how much detail North put into each one. Despite having a decently sized cast of characters, each one is unique and memorable .

  • Laura
    2018-10-12 01:00

    I thought this was a delightful YA story. The plot that has twists and turns in Vilda's world are well thought out and well written. There are some glaring twists involved, yet the reader is still kept engaged in order to see the love story play out. The fight scenes are age appropriate and hold suspense.The writing is well edited and presents a very professional book for the readers. I will definitely be recommending this book to my teenage daughter and her friends.

  • Danielle Brewster
    2018-10-04 20:57

    Due to exam stress for mocks, I'm reviewing the whole series in one. The series was very good, with some great characters and plot lines. The second book showed me Sannah's prospective, which shed new light. Troy closed the series, and it ended very well. I am so glad I picked these books up on a read to review. Thank you for my copy. I appreciate such good work.

  • michelle davies
    2018-10-16 01:15

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book a lot. I feel it was about family, friendship,loss and love and let's not forget Dragons. Definitely worth the read. Not the typical love story, more about the love of friends.

  • Carole
    2018-10-16 22:13

    This is an interesting story about 3 friends and how they try to fit in.It is filled with dragons and action.Very enjoyable