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Baptism of Blood and Fire (Dragon Bond Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Damon J Courtney

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"You speak of a war between dragons and wizards that was so long ago it has fallen from the pages of history. That it was dragons who silenced the song of magic for our own vanity and power. Even if all that you say is true, I have never hunted a wizard or man of any kind. Yet you are here to murder an innocent for the alleged wrongs of my ancestors?"

"I am."


An unknown evil is slaughtering the dragon mothers one by one. A silent hand draws the goblin tribes from their holes and gathers them in the name of their monstrous god. And into this time, a new dragonmage is bonded. Even as her dragon is born and the lifelong bond formed, the world shifts beneath her feet. For Elody and her brother Rinn, the life they had always imagined for themselves is no longer to be.

Baptism of Blood and Fire is the first book in the Dragon Bond Trilogy by fantasy author Damon J Courtney.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3091 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985829826
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paupers Publishing (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #387,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun had with a Fantasy Yarn 6 Mar. 2012
By Richard Finn - Published on
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Disclosure: I've personally known Damon Courtney for more than 20 years. I always try and give an honest critique, but if you think I'm biased take my review with a grain of salt. You won't hurt my feelings. I did not read this book until it was up for sale on Amazon.

The story follows Elody, a newly minted dragonmage, and her older brother - a failed dragonmage initiate (or perhaps of a different calling). This pair lives with their father, tilling their farm in an idyllic village cut off from most dangers. Early on in the story we also meet Berym, a kind of knight errant or traveling sheriff. He stays around for a bit, though he's more useful for an extra hand than anything else. Of course, all this changes when goblins are spotted near town - which turns out to be the tip of the iceberg of a looming battle. Elody and Rinn are forced to grow up fast and take on roles they thought they could hold off a while yet.

Courtney is enjoying spinning a fantasy story and we're allowed to come along for the ride. With 17 chapters a length just a little longer than a typical novella, yet shorter than most novels this book won't take you long. Compared to books I've read recently it's about a third as long as The Blade Itself, and just slightly shorter than A Hawk and His Boy. The pacing of the books flows quickly thanks to the action, prompting me to finish the book in two sittings. I stayed up late into the night reading it and quickly fell asleep when I finished. The next day I thought the story complete, yet I found myself still wishing for a bit more from Elody and Rinn. I would have preferred a bit more background on the two main protagonists, and maybe some on Berym too.

The word choice is well done, with a few exceptions one may expect of a debut author. Mostly, these are pedantic nit-picky issues of language anachronisms like "baby girl", "hi", and "decimate" - the later being used in the modern loose sense rather than its more accurate meaning which is "to reduce by one 10th". Shrug. This may simply be the author's voice at play. Leaving these few and minor issues aside, I found the voice and style clear - lacking in the issues that bother me about a lot of new authors. The prose is smooth and easy to follow without feeling simplified. The character development occurs naturally, particularly for the two main protagonists - a neat achievement in such a tight volume. The exposition also comes along naturally as dialog and without huge sections of info dumping from the author.

Structure wise, I can't complain. We get glimpses of the imposing danger sprinkled throughout the beginning as well as the larger danger looming over the series throughout this first book. We see Rinn and Elody growing into their roles through failure and success.

The inspiration clearly stems from the family of fantasy stories initiated by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as well as a healthy dose of Dungeons & Dragons and the various novels from the D&D settings. You don't need to know anything about these other stories to enjoy Baptism of Blood & Fire, but if you loved those adventures then you'll enjoy this one too.

The book looks to be the start of a fun series of magic, dragons, and a brother & sister struggling to against the unknown. I'm eagerly awaiting book 2. This little novel(la) is worth your time - I would recommend this book to young adults and older.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was Fun 18 Mar. 2012
By Randy Ford - Published on
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This is a fun story set in a world of magic. If you like stories of dragons, wizards, & knights, then read this book. Heck, even if you don't like those stories, you might like this book. Here is a short list of what I liked.

1. Damon does not make a mistake that many authors make in their first book: He did not feel the need to impress the reader with his impressive vocabulary. He spoke clearly, and used complex wording when appropriate.

2. I found the characters' motivations believable. The heroes make sense, & so do the villains.

3. It is the beginning of a series that could go on for just one more book or 6 more. I don't know, but there is potential for much more if the author so desires.

4. His description of magic works.

5. While it's not a short book, at the end I found myself surprised to be done so quickly. For me, that's often a good sign that I've lost myself in the story.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series. This was a great read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy from a scifi geek perspective 29 April 2012
By Theodore R. Smith - Published on
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I'm much more of a scifi buff. I grew up with Heinlen, Card and Clarke, not Tolkein, if you catch my drift ;-)

That said, I gave this a shot and I was wonderfully surprised ;-)

I lost myself in this book. I found myself reading for an hour or more every day. I finished reading it in just 4 days, and when I was finished, it felt like I'd read a short novella, and I was thirsty for more. Only then did I discover that it's almost 150 pages!

Overall, this book focuses more on the characters and less on the magic, but I honestly got drawn into their conflicts like with any good drama. Also, there was plenty of globliny action.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it!! 28 Dec. 2013
By llwp - Published on
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This was the first dragon book I have read. I loved the story. I was so happy that he had two books out already. I am just waiting for the third one!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 11 Jun. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book for several reasons.

I liked the story itself. It had a good pace to it that keeps the plot moving forward without feeling rushed. The author does a good job of finding the balance of setting the scene and tone with his language without becoming so overly descriptive that it slows down the plot.

The characters were interesting and believable. More importantly, they each seemed to have a specific purpose for the overall story. They didn't have the "tacked-on" feel that I have seen with some novels where it felt like the author merely had a checklist of DND tropes that he was checking off as he added them to the story. Each character reacted believably - they had believable motivations.

I like the way magic is handled in his world. I don't know if it is entirely unique to have dragons amplify innate magical abilities, but it is something I have not seen in a fantasy series before, and something I enjoyed.

All in all, it was an enjoyable book. Well worth the time.

I hope to read the second one soon.
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