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Born and raised in England, Charlotte now lives in the Netherlands. She completed her first novel, Draykon, in 2011 and has since written ten more titles across a range of fantasy themes.
on May 26, 2012 :
I am glad that the story left off with the previous books but even if I had stumbled onto this one first, I would have still understood what was going on. I enjoyed the new addition to the characters and I couldn't help but laugh at his possessiveness. It had a sort of an ignorant to the times air about it and wasn't as offensive as I would have usually perceived it. Though I admit, I was hoping for a different relationship for a while, I came around to love this character as I love the main characters.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2012 :
I've always been rather drawn to character interaction; the light, often vaguely sarcastic/humorous tone of the conversation in Lokant, especially in the most unlikely of circumstances, continuously made me smile. Something I greatly appreciate in books that I'm reading. (There is no such thing as smiling too often.)
The books have a faint steampunk vibe to them; it's meshed in with the rest of the story quite well, but I think that any fans of steampunk would be rather drawn to this particular story. I see the technology being elegant yet unpolished; gears and magic, metal and will.
Perhaps the main reason I like Draykon/Lokant is because they have a slightly different flavor than many books I've read lately. The worlds are different, the characters are different, the creatures are different... it really is a nice change.
I liked the first book a little bit more, mostly because it seemed to focus on Landry and Eva. They haven't disappeared from the story-line in this one, but there are so many others that are begging for attention that the story is split up a bit more. I wish I got to spend more time with each of them individually.
Lokant was less beautiful; the tone was more serious, more political than Draykon. You begin to be immersed in the how's and why's and the mystery is slowly revealed.
In the first book, even though I didn't know exactly what was going on, I was pretty sure I knew who was going to end up with whom. By the end of this book not only did I not know, but I wasn't even sure who I was rooting for anymore! (And I'm usually pretty loyal when it comes to my preferred love interests!)
And boys, before you start to worry, any romance is far from the focal point!
So did I like it? Yes. Absolutely. I think that Charlotte will simply keep improving as she writes more books and I look forward to finding out where her imagination takes her.
Should you read it? Do you like fantasy? Then yes, you probably should!
- Beth Hobson of the Ebook Apothecary
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Feb. 19, 2012 :
I loved coming back to this world. I loved meeting old characters that I came to like and it was interesting to meet new ones. Again I was very much impressed by the worlds that exist there, the history, the creatures, the characters, their heritage and abilities. I'm looking forward to the next part!
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)
on Feb. 06, 2012 :
This is the second novel in the Draykon series, and continues shortly after the previous book left off. I love the unique set-up of the Draykon worlds, and the plot keeps me turning page after page, but probably my favourite thing about these books is the cast of believable, determined, flawed-yet-lovable characters. In Lokant we meet a number of intriguing new characters, and there are further adventures for old favourites. If you loved Draykon (book 1) half as much as I did, I think you'll find this a worthy successor.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
Read Out Loud Publishing
on Dec. 26, 2011 :
Lokant is the second book in the Draykon series and it is a fine sequel to the first one. I had reviewed the first book, ‘Draykon’ earlier here. As hoped for and expected, the second book continues with the story of Llandry, with all other characters making an appearance as well. There are a plethora of new characters, who add completely new dimensions to the story.
After reading the first book, I had built up in my head, a direction the story would take. I have to say that the story moved in a completely different but equally nice direction compared to what I had imagined. The book definitely moved into science fiction territory, which I love. SF and fantasy are my two favourite genres and any combination is always welcome (The SF parts are not overwhelming or unbelievable and are credible enough to go down smoothly with the reader). This book really expands the stage on which the story is played out. We find that the three conjoined worlds in the previous book are just a small part of what is really happening. This, at first seemed to me, to be an unusual twist which I could not really digest. But as the story moved forward and things became a little clearer, the roles of everyone in the story became a lot more defined and that is where the fun began.
There are a lot of new characters introduced in the book. There is Kray who is after the Draykon bones and is willing to do a lot of dastardly deeds to get to them. There are all the Lokants each of which seem to be human emotionally, but has powers that no human can match. Others as well, all of whom add new dimensions to the story. The heart of the book, to me, is the development of the character of Llandry. She finds herself in a new form, a new world and with a new mate. Her change from the shy and reserved girl in the first book to a fearsome Draykon in this one is just brilliant. She does retain a lot of her human emotions which had endeared her to me in the first book.
The mystery elements of the previous book continue in this book as well. The mystery of the istore stone of the previous book is just a small part of the larger mystery which plays out in this book. I will, of course, not tell you what the mystery is and let you find it put for yourself. The plot has been magnificently crafted by the author and this book definitely promotes this series into the epic fantasy arena. The author’s talent in keeping the reader guessing and wanting to come back for more is simply fantastic. As usual a number of questions are left unanswered at the end of the book (I expect nothing less from a book in the middle of the series). Why do some people want to reignite an old war? What will happen to the enmity between Krays and Limbane? What is Llandry’s role in all this? What will happen (or not happen) between Eva and Tren?
As the book progresses and the differentiation between Lokants and Drakoni is established, it becomes absolutely clear that a war will be coming soon. The resurrection of Drakons and their proclamation of war is where this book ends. I am waiting to see what role each character will have to play in the coming war. In the end, all I have to ask you is, “Are you ready for the battle?”
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2011 :
Charlotte, you've done it again. Needless to say, I'm hooked. The action keeps moving and the characters are compelling. You know how to end, too. As with Draykon, Lokant stands on its own even as it leads us on the next book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)