Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon (Orgarlan Saga: Book 1)

Rated 3.22/5 based on 12 reviews
The Elven Sorcerer, Lord Ky'debaul wants to kill a silver dragon to restore his magic powers.

This dragon is not just a silver dragon, it is a time dragon. But in order for him to do this, he must send the dragon to another world where it is not against the law to kill a Time Dragon. Here on Orgarlan, killing a Time Dragon is a Death Sentence. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465849274
About Linda Nelson

Linda Nelson published her first YA romance in 2013. She is a self-published author who began her writing career in 2010 as just a Fantasy & YA Writer. Now it is all about the romance, a huge career change that took place in the past couple of years when she discovered RWA. Fantasy is her favorite genre to read and write, and her favorite way to escape the day to day life. When she writes YA contemporary she loves to infuse them with conflict, the more, the better. Linda works a full time job by day and writes at night and on the weekends. When she took the plunge into publishing, she jumped into the stream of self-publishing, learning everything the hard way. She is a native of Massachusetts but migrated to Southern New Hampshire later on in life.

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Review by: mirrani on Nov. 28, 2012 :
I found this story to be simple, but somewhat enjoyable. I was very interested in the idea that this is a fantasy plot that takes place in a more modern time, with cars and television. It also isn't often that elves are the bad guys and orcs are the better of the two.

The dragon doesn't really have much of a point in this book, so if you're picking this up because it has a Time Dragon in it, don't bother. Other than being a plot point, like the gold at the end of the rainbow that everyone wants, but no one sees, there's hardly a dragon to be seen. It must be mentioned too that there's hardly an ending to be seen. Please don't expect an end to this plot, because the final words state simply that this story ends until the next one is written. Basically, everything that has happened up to that point is simply suspended until further notice.

The copy I was sent (under the condition that I would write an honest review) was unfortunately full of errors, which I would hope can be corrected in later versions to make the flow of the book a little easier on the eye. There were also some descriptions or phrases which seemed overly complex and overly used to be considered honestly creative. I loved the ideas behind the plot, such as a girl who can have conversations with her pets and other animals, but there needed to be some more development and editing to make this work the truly interesting read that it could have been.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: PT Pearl on Oct. 16, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. I love the Orcs and how they have to go and find the elves. I don't know which one I want to root for the most. Thank you for sharing your story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Michele Ward on July 29, 2012 : (no rating)
It is almost as if this book started in the middle of the story. By the end it felt that you were only halfway through the book. There wasn't a building of the story or the characters. No back story to help cement the foundation of the book. If there were more to the story, it could have been a good book. What I did read showed potential but it needs to be filled out more. It's like a jelly doughnut without the jelly. It was good but could have been so much better if the filling would have been there.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Susan Frances on July 04, 2012 : (no rating)
If a short synopsis had not been provided for Linda Nelson’s fantasy/sci-fi adventure Aaron and Keja: Time Dragon, I would have been completely lost through the entire story. Nelson has an intriguing plotline, but her writing misses the mark when it comes to conveying her thoughts in a manner which readers, who don’t have the advantage of being in her head, can understand.

The crux of the story is about saving a time dragon from being killed. Ky’debaul, the ruler of Orgarlan who oversees the realm inhabited by the Cordan Elves needs to kill the dragon to enhance his own magical powers. His interests are in direct conflict with the Orcs who want to save the dragon’s life. There’s a Return of the Jedi semblance in the themes as the time dragon is taken through a rift in this otherworldly universe transporting them into a new universe. Ky’debaul and his team of Elves as well as a coterie of Orcs go through this rift. In this earthly realm, I‘m guessing, the Orcs recruit the aid of a young girl Aaron who brings on board her cat Chancy, her dog Keja, her neighbor Marshall, and an old man whom they trust Jurgith.

Nelson’s narration is confusing as she doesn’t make clear whose point of view is being expressed. The action in the story ends up muffled as it’s not clear how the characters move from point A to point B. The novel seems to still be in a draft form as the ideas are there, but the telling of the tale loses the reader in the labyrinth of ideas.

Aaron and Keja: Time Dragon reads like an unpolished tale that’s in need of some fine tuning. Perhaps then it could be this generation’s Return of the Jedi.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ntiana Sakioti on June 27, 2012 : (no rating)
In a different realm than Earth, where elves and orcs are engaged in a war and humans are treated like slaves, an evil ruler Lord Ky'debaul finds killing a dragon the only way for his diminishing power to return. Because the laws prevent him from killing a dragon in his realm, he send the dragon to Earth. When orcs learn of this they send three powerful orcs to look for the dragon and return it to its world. There comes Aaron, a special girl that can communicate with animals, her dog and cat Keja and Chancy, and her human friends Marshall and Jurgith. When kidnapped by the elves to help them find the dragon they are thrust into a world of fantasy with surprising allies ( the Orcs) and dangerous enemies. Overall this was a great story although the book had many grammatical errors. The errors though don't prevent the reader from being able to understand what is going on, so they aren't that hurtful. I really enjoyed it because of the great plot and characters and would read a next book to the series if it exists
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cynthia Shaffer on June 10, 2012 :
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

An elven sorcerer, finding his powers on the wane, decides that the only way to restore his abilities is to kill a rare silver dragon known as a Time Dragon. However, since law prevents him from harming a dragon, he opens a rift between worlds and forces one to flee to another world, one where he may kill without fear of reprisal. A small band of Orcs, learning of his plan and vowing to stop him, follow the sorcerer and dragon into the new world. They've heard stories of a human who is destined to play a role in the fate of the Time Dragon. The story is solid and brimming with possibility. The characters are fascinating and I would love to see them fleshed out a bit more. With a bit of reworking and some grammatical correction from a good editor, this could be a dynamite series. I look forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amy O'Neal on June 07, 2012 :
I picked up this book because the story seemed interesting.

The story begins with a group of elves causing a dragon to go between worlds, with the intent of killing the dragon. They lose the dragon when they get into the other world and are followed to there by a group of orcs.

The ending of the book seems, to me, that it should have been the beginning of the next book. I think the last chapter of the book should have been cut out and put into the second book of the story. I understand that you are trying to get interest in the next book, but the story should have an ending that does not seem as if it should keep on going.

The story that was written was good. The writing, however, suffers some grammatical, spelling and word usage issues. I understand that the words ‘through’ and ‘threw’ sound the same, but they have very different meanings. The author of this book should have spent a little money and hired a good copy editor to clean up the grammar and other errors that were scattered throughout the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, and am looking forward to reading the second book of the series. I would hope that the author takes note, and fixes some of the grammatical issues that are in the book. It would make the book a little less difficult to read.

For the story line, I would give this book a 4 out of 5, but the grammar and other errors reduce my enjoyment of the book by about a point, so the book ends up getting a 3 out of 5.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on May 30, 2012 :
Lord Ky'debaul of the Cordan Elves is one ruler in the lands of Orgarlan. His magic is failing and he needs the essessence of a silver dragon, a Time Dragon. He makes plans to destroy one by following a Time Dragon thru a rift which brings him to Earth. He also needs a beastmaster to find the Time Dragon. Aaron is a very special girl she can speak to animals especially Keja the dog and Chancy the cat. Aaron is making her preparations for cold winter months. Aaron used to live with her aunt and uncle who have since passed on. Aaron's friend Marshall comes by to check on her and to do some fishing as well. Marshall is always interested in Aaron's inventions. Marshall is also sweet on Aaron too. The Orcs go thru the same rift as Lord Ky'debaul in search of the silver dragon. The Orcs gather information from the wolves about strange visitors to the forest. Keja and Chancy are told by animal friends that Aaron is in danger from strangers to the forest. Aaron and Marshall go to visit their friend Jurgith before heading into town for supplies that Aaron needs. While at Jurgith's all three are kidnapped by Lord Ky'debaul elves for what reason they don't know. Lord Ky'debaul wants Aaron to find the silver dragon for him. What will Keja do? What will Aaron do? Can the Time Dragon be found? Can Aaron and friends be rescued? Your answers await you in Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ilexx 011 on May 23, 2012 :
(I was given this ebook and asked to read it and give honest review from Librarything.)

While there are indeed grammatical mistakes and verb tense inconsistencies not to mention the occasional misspelling, the author makes up for these in creating a story and characters with heart. It it a YA novel, though younger readers (and older ones like myself) will certainly enjoy it. I liked the juxtaposition of the races- Orcs and Humans forming an alliance against cruel Elves- aided by talking animals who stay true to their species' inherent traits.

I like to think another book will be written to pick up where this one left off. In the hands of a good editor and a couple of workshopped draftings, this tale has the solid potential to be a very good series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on May 11, 2012 :
Review: Aaron & Keja: Time Dragon by Linda Nelson
4 STARS
I listened to Aaron & Keja on my kindle and admit I did get
lost a few times and had to go back and read.
Thier was a lot of different characters in this story Aaron is one
of the humans in this story. She can hear and talk to different
animals. Keja is her dog.
Orc's are the good people. On thier world it is against the law
to kill dragons.
Elves want to kill a time dragon and harness its power so they
send it to a different world where they plan to hunt and kill'
the dragon.
Orc's follow the elves and the dragon to save the dragon.
Thier is a prophecy and both the elves and orc's think its about Aaron.
I am not sure what the prophecy was about.
Aaron and two human friends were kidnapped by the elves. Lots of animals work together to help them.
I was given this ebook and asked to read it and give honest review from Librarything.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: inharket on Dec. 08, 2011 :
This book wasn't entirely my thing- it felt more like a younger children's book, not the Young Adult recommendation. The language was very simplistic in many places, and I found I didn't really get into it.

That being said, the story itself was promising, and with a more polished version of the dialogue and addressing some of the grammatical issues, I think it could be a very solid book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: al gritten on Nov. 18, 2011 :
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for a review. The author has a vivid imagination and I believe she has a strong story line. However, her writing style is awkward and the story is not fully developed in its characterization.

She writes, in many places, in the passive voice which makes the writing awkward and difficult to read. She tends to switch between active and passive voice and while that is an issue, it is not the only issue. She also has several places where her verb tenses do not agree. For example, in one paragraph where she seeks to explain the background to the feud between the elves, she writes, "After Ky’debaul finished his studies, he challenged Sarkus to a battle. This turned out to be a turning of time for the elven population. Their peoples were entered into a time of evil under the new rule of Ky’debaul. All elves had to accept his rule or be executed. Shortly after which, humans entered into bondage in their kingdom. This caused the ending of centuries of comradeship between the two races." This would be a much stronger paragraph in the active voice.

Additionally, the characters dialogue is stilted and the narrative, at times, is forced. This adds to the difficulties for the reader. Also, the story would be more compelling if she offered additional plot details. For example, the two worlds will be destroyed if the dragon isn't returned and the rift closed, but she doesn't explain why. The prophecy of the human and the dog, title characters, is assumed by the other characters, but not really explained so that the reader can follow the interchanges between the various characters.

Finally, she muddies her metaphors, as in one example, "Like a ritual the leaves cross the floor of the forest like that of a colorful carpet..." creating a confusing analogy that is, unfortunately, repeated again and again. All of these issues inhibit the flow of the story.

I believe there is a great story here, but it is hindered by the linguistic problems and mistakes. A really good edit would help this book tremendously along with some added depth to the characters and their dialogue.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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