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Interesting world building but...,
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This review is from: The Shadow of Black Wings (The Year of the Dragon, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Ok what you have in this book is not a story but the set-up to the story. You learn some of the background to the 2 main protagonists and you learn how some of the world works. As a piece of scene-setting this book almost works.
So you have Bran, whom we first meet as a student who is virtually finished on his course to be a dragon rider. We have a fairly boring interaction with a bully and then Bran graduates from his class and then has the summer to work out what he intends to do with his life. He reads the logs of his grandfathers journey to the orient (Japan under a different name) and this is part of the set up to what Bran will be doing in the future.
Sato is a Japanese girl trained as a samurai. She is extremely good with blade and elemental magic. She finds Bran and hides him from the authorities. It is clear that when the story actually starts that these two are going to be the hero and heroine.
However this story stops just about there. We have no idea what the problem that will trouble these two actually is. Another review called this a massive cliffhanger, I would rather say that the whole book is just a tantaliser hoping to draw you far enough into the world that you will ignore that you have just read a whole book and the story doesn't really start. This annoys me. Having just read a really good series where each book is a proper enclosed story underneath a whole series arc I find that a single story over several books which is just abruptly stopped is less likely to make me want to buy the next book and more likely to make me disparage the author.
Don't get me wrong. The book is well written as far as it goes. However this book is not a story, it is just part of the story. Don't read this if you like to come away from a book even partially emotionally fulfilled.