Dragon Rising by Susan Brassfield Cogan

Dragon Rising by Susan Brassfield Cogan
#3 Black Jade Dragon Series
Publisher: CoganBooks
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (198 Pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Go to Hell.

It’s such a delicious phrase. Angie Tanaka never thought she’d want to go there herself.

Usually people spend their entire lives avoiding a trip to Hell. Not Angie. Long-ju is down there and it was all her fault. He is the Silver Dragon, magnificent, legendary, a work of art. He had sacrificed himself for her and she is only … Angie. She needed to put that right. She had to get him out of there. Nobody was going to help her with that, certainly not the other dragons.

All of that led to one question: How do you spring a dragon out of Hell?

Angie Tanaka is in over her head once again. Long-ju, the Silver Dragon, sacrificed himself for her and now she is trying to find a way into Hell so she can bring him back. As she says, “Welcome to my life. It often doesn’t make a heck of a lot of sense.” She’s a thief, and has been since the fourth grade. But she does care about the dragons, and she knows what needs to happen, at least according to her. So she fights demons and monsters, getting in a lot of trouble, all to save her friend. Before she knows it, she’s being framed for a bombing and the police are hunting her, saying that she’s a terrorist. But she keeps right on going.

I like Angie. She has strong ideals, even if she is a thief. The action never stops and she is caught in one disaster after another. The dragons help her and these dragons are really wonderful. It’s not hard to believe in dragons like these who can take any shape they want, usually appearing as humans. But they are always dragons, without a doubt. “Dragons can undo their molecules and assume any shape they want. That’s all fine as far as it goes. The bad part is they can do it to you. Daiyu disintegrated me. I really hate that. Really. No really. I woke up on a dirt floor. I could only hope she’d put all my molecules back where they belonged.”

The descriptions of Hell are very terrifying, as are the demons Angie has to fight. She gets help from some pretty unexpected places, which adds a lot of suspense to the story. She makes mistakes which she then has to try to fix. But she never gives up.

Fantasy lovers are sure to enjoy Dragon Rising. It is the third in the series, and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone. However, I’m glad that I’ve read them in order so I can watch Angie develop as a character. Either way, this is a most exciting and enjoyable read.


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review! Your enjoyment of my books makes it all worth while!

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