- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1666 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497558689
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Talon Novels; 2 edition (31 Mar. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JGF7XIC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #237,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Unlike Rivka, Hada is there willingly due to her desire to become a 'Dragon', the elite commander rank in the Black Guard. Before long, Hada's dream has become Rivka's dream, who, having found something to aim for, soon begins to excel in the Guard and together both characters eventually gain Dragon rank.
On her first mission as a Dragon Commander, Rivka engineers a sly success and quickly becomes known for her use of a pithy comment during the engagement: 'I'm not going to let some want-a-be rebels demonstrate to the universe that the Jax can be beaten by rabble with a piffling ten-to-one odds.'
In subsequent missions, the use of unorthodox strategies and tactics by Rivka to win the day cause her the senior commanders to question if the growing reputation for success against the odds her actions are earning the Jax Military is one they want to uphold, or if they are better off without her unpredictable and non-traditional approach to gaining military success.
Firstly I have to say I enjoyed this book. The many characters you meet during Rivka's missions are entertaining and well drawn, and the military aspects of the book appear to be well choreographed, though I am by no means an expert on such things. The action sequences are easy to follow and despite myself I found I was caught up in the events and situations the heroine faced, eager to see how her enemies dealt with her unpredictable actions and how she would win through despite the overwhelming odds against her.
This book is short on descriptions, there is little effort by the writer to describe the background visuals of the various locations visited, leaving the details for the reader to imagine themselves, something I think may prove to be a hallmark of this author, though I will need to read more of their work to be certain.
This lack did not prove detrimental to the story line but if anything helped it maintain pace and kept the story moving smoothly. The bulk of the author's effort appears to have gone on character creation and story action instead of world building, a refreshing difference from other books in this genre.
Unfortunately the layout of the book itself was poor, the text actually changes from being line spaced to having no spacing, and then back to line spaced during the read, which I think is a sign of cheap proofreading and no fault of the author, though I did find it somewhat distracting and the main reason I am awarding this book 4 stars and not 5.
Despite such obvious faults, I did enjoy this book, finding myself eager to follow the future stories of this heroine. When this author continues the series, I will be buying the next book without bothering to read the sample chapter, a clear sign, in my opinion, of a good read.
This book at its heart is about family, Rivka goes from being the unwanted daughter, to having a sister she chooses and a family she builds in the teams she is assigned, and finds peace in the choice that was taken away from her. Her perspective (her new family) gives her a unique view to her assignments and while it makes her superiors nervous it evolves the role the Guard plays and ensures that her family survives to fight another day.
As I mentioned before this is not my usual fare but I love it and it is well worth the read again and again. Xxx
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