- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 493 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publisher: Rhematic Books (13 May 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0716MKSVP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Prince, Twins, Dragon Kindle Edition
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Tarassenko is a skilled fantasy writer who has spent a long time crafting his world. To some extent, this meant that Zantheus was occasionally a little slow, but this is certainly not the case with "Prince, Twins, Dragon" (PTD) - it gets into the action right away, as four children are dramatically thrown from their ordinary worlds into the world of Aythia. After this the novel tracks their respective journeys as they each move from humble beginnings to positions of power, and it does so in a series of well-constructed set pieces that ultimately converge in a spectacular climax.
The book is written chiefly for young adults, which can sometimes mean that it is a little 'on-the-nose' - some of the symbolism can occasionally feel quite blunt for an adult reader. The opening chapters are also more than a little derivative of the Narnia series, which is so obvious that it must be intentional - C.S. Lewis would either be glowing with pride or preparing to sue. That said, the book as a whole has been thoughtfully constructed and it provides a good counterpoint to more violent dystopian novels like "The Hunger Games" and "Gone", and would provide a good gateway to fantasy for teenagers who haven't read in the genre before (and don't want to, say, start with the Lord of the Rings). It's also a very pacy read for the most part, and has a strong positive message underpinning its mythology.
For my part, I would have liked a little more description of the characters - at the start I kept confusing them and couldn't visualise who was who, and it was only later in the novel that I felt as though I had a clear picture of them. If you feel similarly, I'd encourage you to persevere to Chapter 4, where the characterisation resolves into something much clearer. After that, I found I was racing through it, unable to put it down, which is always a good sign.
I am not a big fantasy reader, but both this and Tarassenko's former book have ultimately swept me up and stuck with me. They're 4.5 rather than 5 star books for the reasons above, but if you're even slightly tempted by the description or by this review, then I'd encourage you to give them both a go: there's a lasting power to them that is not always the case with Kindle books.