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- File Size: 1034 KB
- Print Length: 384 pages
- Publisher: Smithcraft Press (3 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006OT9IKO
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dragon Fate (War of the Blades Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The anatomy, social and biological requirements, etc of the dragons was incredibly well thought out and detailed. The reader, along with Delno, learns a lot about dragons, how to be a good person, and even a little basic physics (though it's not termed that of course). I enjoyed that....or I did after I stopped waiting for it to turn into an action adventure along the lines of Eragon and accepted that Delno and Geneva's relatively peaceful daily life was the story. There was a little adventure in the last 20% of the book, but I thought it almost felt tacked on. Delno had an answer to every challenge, everything went according to plan, and with one notable exception he only met trustworthy friends who were more than willing to defer to his authority. There was never any sense that he was even taxed by anything he encountered. He was a little too perfect in every way for that. Oddly, though, since I had by that time decided that his actions were important more as an example of a moral existence than as a series of events I wasn't too bothered by his glittering perfection.
The writing was very descriptive. If you enjoy your fantasy a little more on the philosophical side this is the book for you. If you're looking for a heart stopping grand adventure this one might present a bit of a challenge.
Delno is a decorated veteran of war who is trying to determine his place in society when something happens that changes his life forever. He encounters a wounded female dragon and learns he has been chosen to "bond" with the dragon's unhatched baby.
What follows is a meticulous, well thought out adventure where you, the reader, get to experience the baby dragon's hatching, upbringing, training, and all the struggles the two of them endure as they both cope with learning what being bonded truly means.
I really enjoyed this book. It delves into the relationship between dragon and rider quite extensively. The kingdom that this takes place in has only a limited number of dragon riders, and whereas the riders should be looking out for the wellbeing of the inhabitants, not all have peaceful intentions and start causing strife with other riders. I found myself laughing out loud at the exchanges between Delno and his dragon, Geneva. I sided with Geneva and wanted Delno to try riding her much earlier than he should have.
The world-building was good. The different personalities of the characters were well defined. The best part was and is the relationship between human and dragon. I only had a few critiques. I noticed there were several areas that had excessive use of commas, stretching out some sentences to paragraph length. I was also curious about Delno's magic. New abilities kept popping up and I would have liked to have known how he knew what to do, whether he was instructed, or just had beginner's luck. Either way, it did little to distract from the story.
Being a dragon lover I will typically pick up any book that has dragons featured in it provided they aren't portrayed as evil. Love dragons? Love reading about them? I encourage you to give this one a try! Great job, J.D.!
The villain of the piece was a little cliche but that was only because he is not the main villain I believe. This first book clearly is leading us into a greater story scope and I for one will gladly read the next book to see just what will happen.
If you like knowing the daily in and out of being a dragon rider in this world then you will adore this story. If you want more action, well keep reading, you will get it.
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