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At one point in Dianne's life she believed that people grew up and when they did they stopped reading Fantasy. She discovered that life without Fantasy was soon out of kilter. She never planned to be an author, but a chance week at a Retreat Centre led to a story idea that Dianne could not resist. When not writing fiction, Dianne spends her time writing non-fiction, and seeks to help people discover the treasure of their own true selves so they can embark on their own hero's quest. Dianne lives with her husband Doug, his three cats and her beloved dog Thomas.
on July 07, 2014 :
This was a well written story where the author was able to convey and interesting and almost believable concept. It was easy to follow but not so easy that you knew what was going to happen later in the book. It was fun, with twists and a well developing plot as you read through it.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on June 30, 2014 :
The characters in Ben the Dragonborn were fully fleshed out and likeable.
While I'm most definitely not afraid of the water, having swam in pools, lakes, rivers, and two oceans, I completely understood Ben's terror. Rather than getting annoyed at his intense fear, however, I sympathized with him, and yearned that he would overcome it. I owned his fear, briefly claiming it as my own. Me!
That was awesome.
Not only did this story do a spectacular job of making the reader understand fears, but it also showed the dangers and heartbreak that can result if those fears aren't faced. It showed how easy it is for fear and ignorance to create hatred.
But it also showed that hatred brought about by ignorance can be overcome.
The world that Ben entered was populated by both humans and mer-people, and they were about to go to war with each other. Tensions were high, and each race of people saw the other as inferior and vile. This was largely due to the fact that there was little to no communication between the two groups.
Ben and his traveling companions were forced into a situation where people from both groups had to deal with those differences and learn to trust each other.
That is, unless they'd rather die horribly due to natural hazards and wildlife...
Not much of a choice there, right?
Well, I assume you can guess which choice was made. This is book one, after all! The characters all learned to think rather than make quick judgements. I enjoyed that immensely.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)