Bend of medieval fantasy mixed with some more modern urban fantasy. Lots of Harry Potter-like qualities to this book. - Goodreads
For the love of blueberries , this is a delicious read - NORA BLACK
Really the chase is fantastic buckle up for a thrill ride. - BILL TILLMAN
About the Author
Adrienne Woods resides with her family in South Africa where she was born and raised. She has been writing for the past five years with Firebolt as her Debut novel in the Dragonian Series. Thunderlight will be published end of 2014, and Frostbite and Moon Breeze in 2015. She's also working on her next YA Fantasy series called Dream Casters. Book one, Dream Caster, will be released in 2015. She is writing different genre's under different pen names. To find out more about Adrienne Woods visit her on her website at www.authoradriennewoods.com
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1879 KB
Print Length: 394 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing; 3 edition (19 Sept. 2014)
The book is just poorly written, conflict resolution amounts to "and then we laughed." The protagonist has a serious case of the Mary sue which is only made worse by her total lack of a personality. All the characters are one dimensional caricatures rather than being people.
One of the characters does the heroic sacrifice thing with no apparent reason not to mention that it's dealt with and discarded in less than a page existing only so that sue can feel horribly guilty over it.
Continual use of deus ex machina gets boring very quickly, if a problem appears that can't be solved with "and then we laughed" or someone giggling then an all powerful something or other is pulled from the writers arse to save the day. We are repeatedly told things are the case without ever being shown it is so.
Two characters hate each other and have suddenly been forced into a life long bond? Just wait a week and watch as their personalities suddenly change for no good reason without any development shown or discussed in the book.
Slavery and domestic abuse are brought up, justified, then accepted as good things which are then accepted as facts so the plot can keep going.
Another point which definitely didn't help for me was the bible bashing when it appeared although obviously this point will vary wildly from person to person. Had the writer any skill it could actually have been used to highlight the difference's between cultures and the impact things like dragons being naked on shifting back would have on a societies acceptance of nudity and the changes that has on things like sex. Instead it's then brought up frequently that the main character is a virgin so that she can magically present her hymen when it comes time for the virginity check portion of the deus ex.
Over all sloppy and poorly written with a plot you've read a thousand times and can see coming a mile away.
Unusually for me I did not finish it, I dislike giving up on a book but I got bored of the very teenage drama by half way and not a lot was happening with the story. Although older than the target audience, I read a lot of YA and generally enjoy them greatly as I find they usually have a more exciting plot than many plodding adult dramas. It started well and I had high expectations. However, I found Elena irritating and there was too much anguishing over not being able to concentrate on the teachers' lectures because of sighing over a boy ..... .
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in series. What an interesting blend of medieval fantasy tempered with some urban fantasy. I had such fun reading this book.
So, the story…Elena is constantly on the move with her father seemingly running away from something. On one particular night, they are attacked by dragons! In the next minute Elena finds herself in another world without her father, who has been killed. Apparently Elena is special and there are great expectations for her potential so she is enrolled into the School of Dragonia. Here, she learns of magic, dragons and Dragonians amongst other things.
Now, bear in mind that Elena is just your seemingly normal run-of-the-mill average teenager, who is clumsy and only excels at one thing (which she doesn’t like), which is riddles. She is the opposite of what you’d expect from a heroine.
Surprisingly, her new world is very similar to our world in that it has cars, museums, shopping malls, modern technology, etc., but on an advanced level. But half of her new classmates are dragons in human form and…they have dragons in this world. Her school reminds me a bit of Hogwarts with a mixture of regular and magical subjects.
The characters are interesting and I enjoyed their interaction, i.e. Sweet Sammy, Prince Lucian, Flirty Brian, Brave Becky and, of course, the mysterious Blake.
I read this book quickly as I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very entertaining and well balanced.
Adrienne Woods created a whole new world for us to explore with an interesting back story to boot.
If you enjoy fantasy books with dragons, friendship and some romance, then you will enjoy this book.
I thought this was a fun, lighthearted read. I enjoyed the fast-paced entry into the story. However, I thought putting the MC, Elena straight into school in the world of Paegeia was a little bit dull and predictable. Not to mention that it meant that there was a lot of info-dumping whilst not much else was going on plot wise. It’s fine when a character is learning about the world, and I understand you need this, but it made the middle really lag.
As I said, entry into the world was fast-paced and good fun, with plenty of drama in the first chapter. The MC’s voice is infused with typical teen melodrama: “…the engine and the hard rain on the roof, a percussion that became a soundtrack to my misery. Utter loneliness consumed my heart while I stared at the white picket fences…” Her angst about constantly having to move around is instantly overshadowed when we find out the reason she and her dad are on the run. DRAGONS!
This is where the story fell down….or didn’t rather! Elena has to learn about the world of Paegeia and most of the middle is info-dumping through the vehicle of lessons in the school – anatomy, history and weapons classes, as well as through her two friends, Becky and Sammy. She learns about Dragonians and the dragons and the partnerships/relationships these form. This is interesting but I couldn’t help but think it could have been executed in a more concise and exciting way so that the information about all the dragons and the history of the world wasn’t so overwhelming.
I did read this very quickly because, despite the annoyances above, I really enjoyed the story and once Elena and her friends got out of school, I was very curious to see events unfold. I just kinda wish that had happened sooner! Am tempted to read on in the series when I want another fun-filled read.