on Oct. 29, 2011 :
Dragon Stones by Kristian Alva
Defiant Press – July 14,2011
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Emperor Vosper has this plan to kill all of the dragons. They are driven to the edge of existence, almost forgotten about and only talked about in whispers as a wistful memory.
When Elias Dorgumir finds a dragon stone, he gets more than he bargained for and his nice quiet life is completely shattered. Now he must escape the emperor and find safety with the dwarves.
What can I say? I am so excited about this series! I can’t wait to get the second book to review. It has been my experience that fantasy books; regardless of the target age groups are always either really good or really bad. I don’t think that I have ever read one that was just “okay”. If I have, I don’t remember it. This truly was an unexpected delight. Honestly, the only thing that really bothered me was the fact that the action was set in motion with the cliché kid who doesn’t listen to his grandmother because he wants to help out. It is a little cliché but man, nicely done.
What I loved loved loved about this book was that it didn’t bog you down with the history of the land or the details of world building. You start in a time when great battles have already been fought, the evil emperor is already in charge and the people of the land are simply trying to survive. The history is given in snippets at just the right time and you’re never given more than you need. Elias, what a character with potential! There wasn’t a lot of depth given to him, as far as the role that he will ultimately play in the story but I like him. There is clearly more to learn about him and the secrets of his family.
The ending! Oh. My. Goodness. I was at work when I got to the last page, to the last sentence. Talk about a cliffhanger, a sentence that just totally baseball bat slammed to the face hit you. So not fair and I DEFINITELY want more- RIGHT NOW!
There wasn’t a lot heart-pounding action, but there was definite flow. There was definite edge-of-your-seat-can’t-stop-turning-pages attraction with this book. And I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.
Recommendation: Middle grade/Young adult
Rating: Absolutely fantastic, a book that will definitely be kept and passed around to the youngsters in my life! (And probably even some adults)
This book was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest review.
Really? What are you waiting for, go get this book!!
(review of free book)
Dam Good Publishing
on July 13, 2011 :
This book? Well, I don’t know what to say, I really don’t. I don’t want to say fantastic or awesome, the words don’t have enough meaning. From the start Kristian Alva emerges us into her world. She doesn’t info dump or expect us to pick everything up at once. We start simply, with some people slaying dragons in the intro. Then we leave this scene to our main MC, a 15 year old named Alias and his grandmother Carine. Quaint, some description, quite comfortable. I would say I thought it would be something like a modern Lord of the Rings book.
It’s more than Lord of the Rings, this has a lot of that special zing I loved from Harry Potter in it. After Elias finds a Dragon Stone, some history is revealed through his grandmother to him. He doesn’t heed her advice, and terrible things occur which start the adventure the reader awaits. We also start to switch off to the King Mitca and his Dragon Riders, to see what’s going on on the other side of the coin.
It was a little annoying the first time we switched, as I really like staying with a character if I stay with them for so many chapters, but sometimes it can’t be helped. Secrets are revealed, little by little as we begin to travel with the character and his new companion. Even at the very end of the book, the last words reveal a gigantic secret that just made me go ‘AHH?!’
And then it ended.
A part of me hates the fact I read it because I can’t read the second one yet. Hopefully, it comes out soon, I really want it. This book made me cry and ‘feel’ in a good way. I haven’t felt such an old fashioned tug from a book in a long time like this one had on me.
This gets a solid 5 from me!
(review of free book)