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The Dragon Conspiracy: 1 (World of Eldaterra) [Hardcover]

P. R. Moredun
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060766638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060766634
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,637,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars same book, different cover 18 Aug 2006
I bought this book thinking it was the next in the unearthly histories series and was disappointed to find that it was actually the same book but with a different title and cover. It should say somewhere that this is the case.

Other than that, it is a good book and I look forward to seeing how the rest of the series goes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Old world, old stuff 15 Jan 2006
There are a few authors whose work is completely devoid of quality. P.R. Moredun's "The Dragon Conspiracy" is one of those.

His debut novel is a schizophrenic fantasy ride that veers from Victorian mystery to high fantasy to goofball kiddie fantasy, and is populated by stock characters who never grow out of their basic descriptions. By the halfway mark, it's difficult to even continue.

In 1895, several women were found horribly killed -- from someone that came from inside them. Fifteen years later, young James wanders from a beach into another world, and is quickly taken under the wings of loyal dwarves, stately elf ladies, and kindly wizards. This is the world of Eldaterra (or "Old World") -- and it's in danger.

Evil creatures are threatening Eldaterra's -- and Earth's -- existances, and James soon finds himself hunting for dragons in his own world. A policeman from fifteen years ago also finds himself investigating those fatal pregnancies, which are linked to the possible invasion of Earth by Eldaterra's horrific creatures... unless James can stop them.

"The Dragon Conspiracy" starts on a relatively interesting, if somewhat cliched note ("Alien," anyone?). But after the opener, Moredun veers wildly from one kind of fantasy to another. It's as if he can't make up his mind what he wants to write, so he tried to write them all. The result is a fantasy novel with a killer case of MPS.

At one point during "The Dragon Conspiracy," James reflects that "Sibelius had given a rich and evocative history of Eldaterra," but that's about as deep as Moredun goes.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant! 26 Sep 2005
I was a bit sceptical at first as I'm not usually in to this genre but am now fully converted! A gripping tale that brilliantly inter-twines historical fact with escapist fantasy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but with some good moments 1 Sep 2005
By Dena Landon - Published on
Fans of Eragorn will probably enjoy this old-fashioned adventure novel, though I found it disappointing. A mix of fantasy, historical fiction and mystery, the novel is at times entertaining but still failed to deliver on its promise. Moredun is at his best when he's weaving the mystery plotline in historical turn-of-the-century England. A police officer is investigating the mysterious deaths of women - all of whom were pregnant, in 1895. His story dovetails in with the story of a boy in 1910 a boy - James - who stumble through a portal and into another world called Eldaterra that lies alongside our own. Magic still exists in Eldaterra, and a war is brewing that will spill over into our world. Moredun's fantasy world was disappointing - too obvious a rip-off of Tolkien and the like. His "bad guys" were olorcs, an obvious play on Tolkien's orcs, and he avoids having to give them real motives by postulating a world where good is good and evil is evil. HIs good guy was, of course, a wizard in a tower. His "bad guys" in 1910 are, of course, German, a not very original idea. He also frequently neglects to describe his characters, (I counted at least four major characters that were never described) or does so in the vaguest of terms that make it hard to picture them. The story still has its entertaining moments, and fans of fantasy that aren't too critical will probably enjoy it, anyway. But I was hoping for something more when I picked it up and I wouldn't recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliched storyline, completely uninvolving 28 Oct 2005
By tygerlilix - Published on
The World of Eldaterra: The Dragon Conspiracy was interesting - if you are the type of person who enjoys books containing no emotion. The storyline was interesting, if a bit unoriginal; the idea of saving multiple worlds is not new. It did have an interesting little tie-in with an investigator, but even that lacked flavor. I never felt very connected with the characters throughout the course of this book. I didn't particularly care what happened to them and I couldn't empathize with them. The only highlight of this book was the writing, which was on the better side. But all in all, this one's a book to miss.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars for the Cover Art 16 Sep 2005
By M. Mendenhall - Published on
Sadly, this is a book of tragically limited dimension, like an old faded, sepia-tinted Polaroid photo of what was assumably meant to be a tapestry rich with colorful design and intricate detail. The concept was rather good, but the execution, while being "quite right", was listless. I can't say as I felt true affinity to any of the characters, although the bear was almost sassy enough to be likable, and the only thing preventing me from putting the book aside after less than a dozen pages was the curiosity piqued to see how the two separate tales fifteen years apart would converge and resolve. Unfortunately, even that was a disappointment. What was this author's editor thinking? Was the manuscript even read? True, anything with magic and dragons is likely to be of attraction at this time, and sequels already planned give some potential to job security, but "not badly written" should not be the criteria by which an editor proposes publication. Those of us voracious readers and defenders of the genre will not be satiated by a thin broth of plot and limp, tasteless noodles badly disguised as characters, however many there may be, when it is a thick juicy prime cut of fantasy skillfully carved up and heavily seasoned with full bodied, spicy imagination into which we crave to sink our teeth. This fare leaves us hungry still and in need of rinsing our palate clean with a jigger of the finest vintage Tolkien. So sad.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Second book I've never finished. 11 Nov 2005
By Dragon Quill - Published on
I am a proud person, and in all of my book reading, I have only left one book unfinished. Wait, the record is up to two. The Dragon Conspiracy has added to my record. Drats, but I could not force myself to read it. I just couldn't.

Here are the things that kept me from finishing, both the pet peeves and the blaring facts.

You begin The Dragon Conspiracy smack in the middle of the 'action'. That normally is a very nice way to start a YA novel. It was done fairly well, I will admit, but never once did I get a description of the main characters. It is a pet peeve of mine, yes, but in all of the hundred pages I trudged through, never once did I even get a basic: tall, short, skinny...eye color... In fact, this novel lacks description as it were wrung out. It is nice to let readers imagine stuff on their own, true, but a little guidance would be welcome, and is necessary. At least to me.

This novel also lacks heart. There is a scene maybe sixty pages in that had the potential to be touching. I was left wondering, though, "Did he [the author] mean this to be sad?" If he did, he did a poor job. I did not feel for the characters at all, though I was mildly interested in the dog. If something is supposed to be sad, then I darn well hope that I at least feel something. I instead felt the need to get a new book.

TDC was also rather predictable, and too fast paced for me. The pace did not allow for any 'natural' characterization, meaning the building of a character through their and actions. It was typical light/high fantasy, with your elves and dwarves and magic portals and giant spiders. I picked up this novel expecting to at least be entertained. It should never be a chore to read a book, only may pride kept me going on this one, and even that failed.

I strongly caution against this book. It has its one star, because the writing was a little better than average, but writing itself means nothing to me if there exists no story, no decent characters, and no sense of plot. I was entranced by the summary snippet I read before buying and the stanza of the poem on the back, and my love of dragons drew me to it, but this is not a novel I enjoyed. I couldn't even finish it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantasy world that is enveloped in mystery 22 Oct 2005
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The time is 1895. Chief Professor Corrik is working on a case that involves the murders of pregnant women. Can he handle the truth, and is he brave enough to stop the culprit? The time is 1910. Eldaterra is in trouble. Portals between the Old World and the New World only open on rare occasions, and even then, few people can see them. While James is walking on the beach, he sees a strange arch; one that he is sure wasn't there before. When he steps through, he is taken to another world- the Old World, Eldaterra. As James soon finds out, he is the only one capable of saving Eldaterra- if he chooses to help, he could save a world, which would involve extreme danger. If he chooses to return home, the enemy will almost certainly kill him just because they know that he can see the portal. With the help of a brave dog that can talk, a large bear that can also talk, and two dwarf brothers whose goal in life is to either die in their attempt to help James and become legends, or live in the attempt to help James and become heroes. Can James stop the evil that began 15 years ago and prevent the destruction of Eldaterra, before time runs out?

The World of Eldaterra, The Dragon Conspiracy is amazing. While the reader is trying to figure out one mystery that occurred in 1895, another adventure is unfolding in 1910. Are there links between the two? Page after page, The Dragon Conspiracy reveals new facts and new problems, new lies and new dangers. P. R. Moredun has created a fantasy world that is enveloped in mystery.

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