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The Souls of the Fire Dragon [Paperback]

John Wrieden
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Book Description

24 Jan 2010
Fate leaned back in his chair and smiled. "The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference." Death nodded in concurrence. "Wake up, Akea, and see the truth." A young man awakens suddenly in a cold, dark alleyway with no recall of who he is or how he got there. A woman is leaning over him, urging him to flee with her. 'The Watchmen are coming!' she warns him. He goes with her and soon recovers not only his name. Akea, but discovers that he is a powerful magician, albeit with an unfortunate lack of self-control. Together, with a small band of rebels, magicians and one very seductive female dragon, he fights for the freedom of his city and country, which lie under the tyrannical yoke of dark magicians and brutal men.

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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: New Generation Publishing; 1st edition (24 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907461493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907461491
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 20 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,193,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Souls of the Fire Dragon 2 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I don't usually read fantasy novels so I was quite sceptical when this one was recommended to me. I have to admit I started reading it out of curiosity more than anything. However after the first couple of chapters I was hooked!
The Author has managed to capture a wonderful mixture of love and hate, tenderness and violence, fantasy and humanity. Dragons and people, who can transform into other creatures, the age old battle of good versus evil are portrayed in a new and refreshing way. His descriptions of the characters are detailed and exquisite and really bring them to life, as are the descriptions of places. I really felt I knew them as if I had seen it on film.
I don't want to write about the story as I don't want to spoil it for others, but I can recommend it.
I understand this is the first novel by this author and I hope he will continue to write, I look forward to reading much more of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget's Review 25 Jun 2010
By bridget3420 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Lately I have been all about sci-fi and fantasy. This book swept me off my feet and took me to another world. It's one of those books that you when you get to the last page you're mind starts replaying the whole book in your mind. John has a knack for fantasy and I'm sure he will be writing many more books as good as this one.
3.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction, Fantasy, Cyberpunk Hybrid 21 May 2010
By L. Guerrero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Souls of the Fire Dragon begins in a dystopian reality controlled by The Patrician, a totalitaian dictator who controls the population with his security force of Watchmen and a cultist religion. A young man named Akea falls asleep in this world and wakes up in an alley with no memories and a woman hovering over him telling him "The Watchmen are coming!" Following the mysterious stranger, Akea discovers that he is actually a magician in the bizarre world where magic is outlawed. Thrust into a mission to free the populace from The Patrician's rule, Akea befriends other magic users and a female dragon with the unseen figures of Fate and Chance watching - and occasionally stepping in - along the way.

I really enjoyed the set-up of this book and the futuristic world that author John Wrieden created. The details of eye scanners at coffee shops to alert barristas of customers' drink choices and the intimidating know-all Watchmen were a good premise for a science-fiction thriller. I also thought the transition from this dystopia to the creation of multiple realities populated by dragons, magicians, elves, and dwarves was a creative and intriguing story. However, there was something lacking in the construction of this novel, and the plot never quite came together cohesively. The details of the Watchmen as torturers were overly gruesome and the female characters were often stereotyped as helpless victims - with the exception of Argonath the dragon, although her personality is somewhat overshadowed by her relationship with Akea.

Overall, I think this book was interesting and original. The execution could have been better but Wrieden has some great ideas and concepts and definitely shows promise for future works as his writing develops.
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