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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2012
First of all, I love this book, it got me hooked from the beginning. I've read many fantasy books, from Lord of the Rings, to Harry Potter, to Inheritance and this is right up there with them in my opinion. I believe the first part of this book goes similarly to Eragon (Inheritance series) but with different motivations. As the story progresses though, the similarity with Eragon disappears yet it is slightly similar to the Inheritance series, yet by no means has it become an spin off to Inheritance. But all this is without criticism. I think the authors should find a different way of describing pain, as someone in pain would not say, and this is a quote "The rocks are burning hot! They're burrowing to my skin!" or " Augggh! Augggh! They're burning my chest!" I know there are not many scenes like this in the book, but it is something to work on authors. Still this is a brilliant book and I urge the authors to make a third book (because there is also a second book out). No book is perfect, but this came very, very close.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 May 2012
Don't expect anything new or ground-breaking with this book(dwarves = rugged and beardy, elves = aloof and arrogant etc), instead go in with wanting to be entertained and this will serve you well. The negative comments are on the writing style - and yes it's true, it's pretty simplistic and there is a bit of telling us rather than showing us, but I'm feeling forgiving of that since the formatting here has been done properly! While I don't think of myself as a grammar nazi, there have been plenty of ebooks where no proper care has gone into spellchecking and it wrecks the experience.

-spoilers-
One area where this book shines is the villain Vosper! He seems to have read the how-to guide of being a decent evil overlord. He enjoys torturing, but takes care to kill his victims (yes one rider/dragon pair slipped past him... but generally pretty thorough). He heeds the prophecy regarding his demise, and hunts down dragons everywhere. The hero of the story is alive due to a calculated risk: let rider/dragon and son live and gain a necromancer. Given how powerful the necromancers are said to be, I'd probably have taken that gamble. Forming an alliance with orcs (who eat humans) is a pretty bold move, but then who cares if some villagers die as long as he can take down his last enemies!
I don't know yet how this villain will be defeated, though I'm sure he will (remember this book is pretty formulaic). But Vosper's strength only bolsters Elias, who can only be as good and heroic as the villain is evil.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2012
When I read the other glowing reviews comparing this favourably with Tolkien and Harry Potter, I thought that it must be quite good. Its not. In any way, shape, or form. It reads like its written by a teenager for their secondary school coursework. Who knows... maybe it was? Whatever, the writing style is so simplistic and tedious that verged on painful to endure. My head kept on wanting to add words and colour that text seemed so devoid of. The plot is utterly formulaic and predictable almost from the very start. Its a tired re-hashed story that's been so well worn that you needn't even read the book. Its not worth the few hours it takes to read it. It really is very short (think newspaper type of length). I kept on reading the hope that it was a joke or that there would be some cunning plot twist that made the few wasted hours even remotely redeemable. It wasn't and there isn't. Don't bother.
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on 15 April 2015
Set in a world where a corrupt and unjust emperor seeks to monopolise magic for his own personal gain, Elias, by chance finds a dragon stone and brings the emperor’s soldiers to his front door. While Elias is chasing his destiny, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper is trying to change it.

The relationship between humans and dragons is interesting. Quite a few books simply say “Dragons are baddies” or “Dragons are goodies”, where Alva has blurred the line in the sand. In the prologue, how the cunning dragon hunters slaughtered and plundered, I found that chapter very cruel and made me draw comparisons on how we live with or exploit animals. As you progress, this contrast of relationship and treatment will change and make think.

Elias, the protagonist, first appears as a fairly standard stock character but this changes as the book progresses. This profession is slow but the story keeps you hooked, so putting this book down is not an option. Likeable and relatable, in someways, Elias is simple. By this, he is simply good and does what he can to support his grandmother, even if it means making a ‘greedy’ or ‘risky’ decision.

Whether you believe your fate is set in stone or up to you, it is interesting to watch Emperor Vosper try to fight a prophecy. A man who kills his own father to become emperor, is someone you want to pay attention to. An equally cruel and effective baddie which you won’t catch foolishly monologuing to the hero, Vosper keeps control of his empire with the sort of cunning which Little Finger would admire.

I would recommend Dragon Stones. Though the novel, at times, can progress rather slowly but as a whole, it is a solid first novel and I look forward to see where the series goes from here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2012
Although this books starts with heavy similarities to Eragon it moves quickly into Lord of the Rings mode and becomes more interesting as a result. I'm a soft touch for these fantasy adventure stories and quite liked it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
I gave this book a 3 star...

It holds a lot of similarities to the Inheritance Cycle, which I did love.. so I felt a little awkward to start with.
However turns out... motivations are different and it's actually a good set up for the next book (which I've also read).

I loved the ending, didn't see that coming! And I am looking forward to reading the rest!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2012
The problem with this book is that it's too short. Not in the sense that I didn't want it to end, unfortunately, but in the sense that a longer book, (with more detail, with less telling us and more showing us) could have been a whole lot better. I ended up disappointed in the end. The story line is good and I agree with an earlier reviewer about being dumped into the world, and it's an interesting world. It's just that I felt that the whole thing lacked depth and detail. I could get no real idea of what the characters actually looked like. Well, obviously a dragon looks like a dragon, but what about the others? For me this is a major flaw, ranking alongside the lack of information about motivation and inner feelings. There's a lot of "and then he did this" but not a lot of substance.
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on 5 October 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, it had some very good reviews but I always assumed books with dragons were aimed at the younger market.

However I am so pleased I tried this book and I will be definitely buying more in the series. The book is not aimed at teenager market, despite another reviewers comments, indeed there are some very dark and black moments in the book. I found the story pace was excellent. The various threads of the stories will come together but you can also enjoy the individual tales within the main one as well as the development of the various other characters involved. I would definitely recommend the books, they are an excellent read, the stories are well written and there are many strong characters for every to relate to.
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I love stories about dragons and the world created in this novel is intriguing and exciting. The combination of old-world magic and mythical adventures quickly draws you in to the thoughts, hopes, and fears of the characters. I liked the level of detail used to build the mythology and the history of this world, little nuggets of information dropped as the story unfolded, hinting at bigger adventures to come and a history and a past that informed the actions and ambitions of the people of this world. At times you need to read this story with concentration to keep track of the various characters but it is well worth the effort.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
It's very similar to the Inheritance Cycle but still enjoyable. The book was a bit too short for my liking. I don't think I'll read the other books in this series...
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