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Dragon-riding, Faerie-liberating, Mermaid-manipulating, Vampyre-slaying, Werewolf-taming Literary Alchemist of the epic Destiny of Dragons series.
on Jan. 31, 2015 :
Adventurous and good fun to read, this is one of the best indie books on Amazon, certainly one of the best edited, especially considering that's been achieved by the author herself. I love the cool, simple but effective cover. The pitch made me want to read on and I love the way the book opens; the Emperor's Man walks into the bar and commands instant respect, so nobody would dare cause trouble. Wish I could do that!
After a superb opening it just gets better. I really like the story set up and it leaps right into the action. Its very well written, yet easy to follow with an excellent pace. Its very imaginative writing, with a suspenseful plot that keeps you turning pages. Descriptions are well developed and explained. The author does an excellent job at describing this new, expansive, realistic world and there's also a hell of a cast of characters, embedded in sharp imagery with myriad details that make their environments feel real. Not often do I read a fantasy book where the world the characters live in seem as thought out and well developed as the characters themselves.
The distinct characters show the promise of further and more interesting development as the story goes on, so they practically jump off the page. I enjoyed the entertaining dialogue exchanges, which didn't slow down reading. Kai's adventures kept me engaged, this somewhat common man, working for the Emperor, but possessed with deep compassion unlike any of his peers. It's easy to like him, as well as root for him to succeed, all important for the hero. I do feel sorry for him with the idiot ne'er do well of a prince to look after. I don't see that rotter Len could possibly be heir to anything more than a barstool, even after his changes. Reminds me of our ruling class. Anna is quite amazing, all important in a heroine.
There's plenty of conflict to keep the story moving forward, which in turn will keep the reader moving forward as well. This is only book 1, the introductory book of the series, so it sets the entire series up nicely for the fantasy to grow. I already like the gypsies and the werewolf. Oh and Skander the angel! I also like that the vampires aren't your traditional kind either, hence the Sanguinex naming at a guess.
I do have a dilemma with it though...what happens next? I am reading this series all the way to the end.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)