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- Print Length: 494 pages
- Publisher: Silver Spirit; 2 edition (4 May 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0080R4LPK
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon's Call Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the un-hatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons' call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they've been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.
With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.
But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more...
Firstly, I am not usually into fantasy books (that is Eva's interest!) however, this book pulls you straight in with the emotional descriptions of how painful it is for a rider to loose a dragon in battle.
We get to experience this as the story starts with Emallya fighting for her life as her dragon (Rylin) lays beside her, dead.
The separation Emallya experiences from loosing Rylin is beautifully narrated as you feel every inch of her pain, anguish and lack of desire to go on as this missing piece of her life will never be seen again.
I loved the way the author built up this fantasy world by showing the reader the scenes from each character's POV, however I did feel that this style of writing repeated a few scenario's which slightly dragged for me.
In the beginning the reader is propelled into the story with all the magical action of understanding how they would survive the aftermath of this war. The pace in the middle slowed down slightly as the author introduced us to new, strong characters and allowed us to understand the world a little more and in the end the pace picked back up, allowing a few questions to be answered in the fiery style of the beginning (no spoilers!).
I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to anyone who loves their fantasy books fast, in depth and magical from beginning to end!
I give it 4 wings out of 5 as I did enjoy and I think I am transformed into a Fantasy Fan!
Disclaimer: This book was given to Fiery Fantasy Book Reviews Site as a review copy and was provided to us in exchange for a fair and honest review. There was no monetary exchange for this review. The free book held no determination on our personal review.
Wow! Trosper really hits one out of the park on her first try. I'm no expert on fantasy, but I know what I like ... and I like this book a lot. It didn't hurt that a few early scenes reminded me of some of my all-time favorite stories (Kellinar and Serena's early flight was reminiscent of the hobbits' flight to Bree in LOTR (including an ill-fated stop at an inn and an encounter with a dark rider), and when Serena calls Kellinar a scoundrel, a similar exchange between Leia and Han flashed through my mind), but, make no mistake, "Embers" burns with a fire all its own.
Along the way, I was introduced to some awesome new adjectives--dragon-blasted and fate-forsaken being my two faves--and took great pleasure in this new adage: "beauty is only a lamp wick away."
The novel is chock full of characters--from heroes/heroines to dragons to evil ones--so I took to jotting quick notes to help me keep track at first. Trosper's characters are compelling and well described, so I don't recommend this for all readers; just the ones, like me, who may be inclined to read faster than he/she can properly digest.
Kirynn is my favorite character. Not only is she intelligent, loyal, and skilled ... but she's also totally babe-alicious and doesn't give a damn. In fact, she offers my favorite line in the book (while ruminating on her physical attraction to Vaddoc): "As long as he doesn't get too attached or try to make a claim on her, she wouldn't mind taking a turn in bed with him someday."
While other characters are finding bondmates, at least someone's got her fate-forsaken priorities straight! LOL
The book began with a flurry of action and tension. Then the pace of the middle third (or so) of the book slowed down, as Trosper focused on world building and adding depth to the relationships of the main characters. It was well done and necessary--there's a whole lotta story goin' on--but I found myself chomping at the bit before too long. I'm quite an impatient reader once I've tasted the good stuff.
And Trosper delivered again! The ending was fast and furious, while effectively bringing the story to a satisfying, but not complete, conclusion. The tale is simply too big for that.
"Embers" is the first book in the "Dragon's Call" trilogy. Book two is currently underway, so I hope Trosper keeps her nose to the grindstone and her fingers on the keyboard, because I'm dragon-blasted impatient!
I highly recommend "Embers at Galdrilene" to fantasy fans and anyone who loves great fiction.
Trosper combines a few staples of real life, such as the all important tea and coffee, with the extremes of magic and the afterlife to create a fantasy that is both believable and a pleasant escape. Expect to be entertained with dragon fights, romance and witty comebacks in Trosper's creation of an idyllic world. You are even given a rare insight into the workings of a dragon's mind. This could be the ideal introduction to fantasy for any curious readers out there, but it is safe to say that any sceptics need not apply.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Wright on behalf of Bestchicklit.com
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