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Sigfrid the Dragon Slayer: The Ultimate Warrior Meets The Ultimate Dragon [Kindle Edition]

G.H. Holmes

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Book Description

Sigfrid the Dragon Slayer


The ultimate warrior meets the ultimate dragon.
A powerful novella of fantasy and magic.

For Sigfrid to gain the hand of Princess Karimhild, King Gunther demands that the young man slay Fafnir, a monstrous dragon.
Soon Sigfrid realizes that the weapons of this dragon consist not mainly of claws and fire, but of magic and imagination.
Soon he doubts his sanity.
He has faithful allies in the dwarfs Titania and Alberic, a forger of magical swords and other useful instruments.
Sigfrid fights trolls and meets Huns as he ascends Fafnir's mountain to save Karimhild, who seems to have gone there before him.

Includes an exciting bonus short story by G.H. Holmes entitled "The Second Face."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4091 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VF8YX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,138,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Garrett H. Holmes is at home on both sides of the Atlantic.
He writes in a variety of genres. Check out his other books, too.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sigfrid the Dragon Slayer: Short Story 20 Sept. 2012
By Scaramouche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I always like stories about dragons and hero/heroine interplay. When I saw the cover of the book I thought it was worth a quick read. I would say overall I liked it. Certain parts were a little rough but good story overall.^^

The story begins with a young man who finds his way to a master sword smith to entreat him to give him what he needs to defeat the evil dragon. The sword smith on the other hand sees a somewhat scrawny inexperienced lovesick boy who needs a little training. With a little magic and some training the young boy emerges into "manhood" and wants to take on the dragon. However, before he can finish his training the dragon lures a beautiful princess to his lair. Our hero rushes to save her and confront a dragon which has devoured many men stronger than he. This battle will be more than steel and sinew but about truth vs. deceit. Will he survive in time to save the damsel in distress?

As I said before overall I liked the story. I thought the part about him knitting his own invisible armor was awesome! Laughed a lot at that. I learned later that this was a retelling of an older myth and I can now see why this story follows the age old formulae. There were a few troublesome areas in terms of description or dialogue which kind of stopped the flow but not enough to make me stop reading. There were some interesting parts about weapons and dragon magic and most of all the bones in the lair of the dragon. I did feel that the hero wouldn't really be ready in such a short period of time but in the end you begin to understand more and so it all works out. The level of writing is about average and I like my stories to be above average.

How I review books in order of importance: Plot, Writing Sophistication Level, Character Depth, World Integrity, and Grammar/Spelling/Structure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but with some issues and confusion 28 Aug. 2012
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Writing
The writing is occasionally in need of help - Sigfrid's face did NOT "turn into a question mark" as is suggested once. That phrasing left me snickering and thrown from the flow of the story. However, rarely does the writing detract from the story, and since that's my primary criteria for that category, I find it passable.

Setting
The setting of the story is a quiet strength - it is more well-developed than I would expect for a (free) novella, and it has enough depth to pique my interest.

Plot
The plot itself is not unique, but is interesting and, eventually, gripping - without giving away too many spoilers, there is some question of whether or not the presented reality is accurate. Sigfrid is described at one point as "not very stable", and it isn't quite clear whether the dragon is "calling" his beloved or Sigfrid himself. This adds quite a bit of tension and interest to an otherwise mundane plot, and should have been explored further. As it stands, I'm not entirely positive that uncertainty about Sigfrid's sanity was intentional, and so it leaves me a little confused.

Characters
The characters are a little flat, though I think that might be partially due to the heft of the concept compared to the length of the piece. None of the characters are particularly compelling, but I also didn't hate them. They are vehicles for the plot and could have been more interesting if this had been done as a novel instead of a novella.

Ending
The ending was abrupt but interesting. It left me a little frustrated - I wish it had had a more satisfying conclusion.

Miscellaneous
Knitting. I am a knitter, and always excited when there is a scene about knitting in a book. However, what in the world does Sigfrid mean when he says he "stricked" a pair of mittens? I cannot figure it out and have never heard that term before. Harumph.

Conclusions
All in all, this was an entertaining and quick read with some interesting aspects, but much of it was middle-of-the-road and somewhat cliche. The reality-questioning aspects could have been used to counterpoint the cliches, but are currently somewhat confusing as I'm not sure they were intentional. I would recommend this novella (especially at its current price of "free") and look forward to future novels from this author.

Note: This novella is a retelling of the German and Norse myth of the royal family of the Burgundians, which I didn't realize until after reading it. This adds some context and interest which wasn't present for me before knowing the original myth.
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