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Steampunk, dragons and magic!,
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This review is from: The Shadow of Black Wings (The Year of the Dragon, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is an interesting tale of a young lad just fresh out of college and setting out in the world.
Its an alternate Victorian history story with magic and dragons and steampunk technology.
Let's start with the not so good:
- There are some occasions where the wrong words have been used. To be fair to the author, this book is written in English but he's from Poland and there are only a few (probably about half a dozen). It's a minor niggle really but it is one of the things that stopped this being a 5 star review. These sort of mistakes really pull me out of the story... so I had to mention it.
- There is a large break in the tale, or at least that's what it feels like to me, between the time something that occurs to the protagonist and him reappearing in the story. However, and this is the bit I didn't like, I get the impression that the gap between the event and his reappearance is meant to be instantaneous. It feels disjointed to me so I struggled with it for a spell.
- There are so many words to learn. I found myself repeating character and place names - a lot - to get them into my head. And that was every time I saw the words written.
What did I like:
Solid world building. I can relate to the world but I know its not where I am from, even though really it is. I can see where the inspiration for each country, and their associated populace came from.
Great characters that I could visualise every time they were focused upon in the story.
Intriguing take on a magic system with solid mechanics behind it.
Dragons! (that's all I'll say on the matter)
I really enjoyed reading this book and I have already recommended it to friends.