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- File Size: 2292 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499587570
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AGJR4VI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,750 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The story is interesting and imaginative; it's written using some lovely language and I found it very enjoyable. There was some good descriptive writing - I found the dragon fight absolutely gripping and had to grit my own teeth as the dragon's were damaged! There are some characters here with considerable depths - the despotic ruler's assistant; the Keeper, Hesperus, whose role I don't fully understand; the Miller who was once a Dragon Trainer. If you're a lover of a good, imaginative fantasy tale, you'll enjoy this story. There's at least one sequel and I can see it won't be long before I read that too.
The characters were very well drawn and believable, which is very important to me. I could believe in the characters which allowed me to care about them. I loved the contrasts between the two worlds; the dark world Davran inhabits, filled with fear, and the light, free world Ronyn comes from.
You'd be forgiven for expecting the descriptions of Davran's world - where young ladies are taken to be concubines for a sadistic ruler - to be unrelentingly dark and disturbing, but I think the author balances it beautifully. Some authors have a tendency to splash shock across every page, desensitising the reader and ruining the effect. That isn't the case in this book. When scenes of severe brutality are revealed they are done skilfully, and are necessary to the plot, often hinting at awfulness without actually showing the reader, allowing the reader's imagination to sketch in the fine detail. This is balanced brilliantly with descriptive scenes that are intense and fantastically well realised. The scene where Hesperus trains the black dragon spring to mind as I ponder this, as does the scene where Davran (pretending to be male to escape the awful fate of girls in her world) gets her first "moon blood".
I often felt that it was about love and life and family enduring through even the worst of circumstances, the changed my mind and decided it was about how hatred always begets more hatred and suffering. I think this is one of those books that I will be able to return to again and again, knowing that I will find a new level to it on each reading.
If a straightforward, well written fantasy with plenty of tension and added dragons is your thing, this is the perfect book for you. If you are looking for something a little deeper, that makes you think and wonder and ask questions of yourself, I think you will enjoy it too.
I'd give this four and a half stars if Amazon would allow it, and recommend it for readers of 15+
Davran was a beautifully crafted character. From the very start of the book, it was extremely difficult not to feel sorry for her. I loved how the character grew throughout the book, and the innocent way she saw the world only added to this need to protect her. The interactions between her and Ronyn were also really well written, and were a beautiful addition to the new way that Davran was seeing the world. I found that as well as the characters that it was impossible not to love, there were also characters that made me want to jump into the book and deal with them myself!
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