Draykon (An Epic Fantasy of Dragons)

Rated 4.11/5 based on 19 reviews
Ancient legends don’t come back to life. Except when they do.

The vast, winged draykoni once ruled the skies of the Seven Realms, uncontested and unstoppable — so the stories say. But they are only tales. Aren't they? A shy young woman is about to learn that sometimes, even the most far-fetched story might prove to be the plain, simple truth.

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About Charlotte E. English

English both by name and nationality, Charlotte hasn’t permitted emigration to the Netherlands to damage her essential Britishness. She writes colourful fantasy novels over copious quantities of tea, and rarely misses an opportunity to apologise for something. Spanning the spectrum from light to dark, her works include the Draykon Series, Modern Magick, The Malykant Mysteries and the Tales of Aylfenhame.

About the Series: Draykon
The discovery of a mysterious gemstone causes chaos across the Seven Realms. The search for the truth behind the strange stone will uncover many more mysteries; bring a long-dead race back to the Seven Realms; and start a war.

Also in Series: Draykon

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Review by: Clinton A. Seeber on July 8, 2018 :
This author displays amazing talent, potential and originality as well as possessing a fairly impressive vocabulary. Unfortunately, I don't know if it is the writer's fault or my own that I couldn't keep people and places straight in my mind and everything got kind of tangled up in my mind and kind of hazy the further that things went. A good read nonetheless.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Review by: Sadie S. Forsythe on March 4, 2015 :
I love the cover of Draykon and was really looking forward to reading it. I have to be honest though, I gave a little groan in the beginning. The first page or so did nothing for me. The language was very flowery. A number of fictional plants were mentioned with little indication of what they were and the word 'with' was used six times in the first paragraph. I was worried. I needn't have been. It settled down very quickly, becoming quite enjoyable.

The story is split between two main characters, Eva and Llandry. Both of whom I engaged with, but I would have enjoyed a little more indication of which of the two is supposed to be the MAIN character. I think it's supposed to be Llandry, but not feeling uncertain about it left me with divided loyalties. I also very much liked their male companions (Tren and Devary). Tren had an especially appreciable sense of humour. It might sound strange, but I really liked that these characters weren't all amazingly talented 18 year olds. Devary and Eva are both represented as 40ish, while Llandry and Tren are both in their twenties. It feels so much more believable when characters are old enough to have become masters of their skills through training, practice and determination, rather than innate talent (which is all too young characters have time to develop).

The environment of The Seven Realms (and beyond) is described quite vividly, though it has a tendency to change, which can be confusing. However, this very changeability is an important aspect of the story. It's worth getting you're head around. Many, many plant and animal species are mentioned and the reader is left to flesh a lot of them out on their own. This is fine. I can extrapolate what a Nivven is supposed to be by the fact that they are ridden and used to pull carriages. Some were not so clear. I spent much of the book thinking a deafly was an animal, or maybe an insect, for example. It's not, it's a flower, the sort one tends to find painted on china.

Draykon leaves you hangin' when it ends though. The whole thing culminated splendidly, but ends before anyone has any answers (or the reader knows what happens to Llandry after the big reveal). That irked me. Of course I want to know what happens next. That's to be expected from the first book of a series, but Draykon literally ends at what I'd have expected to be the peak of the plotting graph. That's difficult...and annoying. Despite this, I would still recommend the book to anyone who likes fantasy.
(review of free book)
Review by: Erica Bridge on June 22, 2014 :
Just started reading because I thought the cover and description don't look too bad. After reading the first few pages I just fell in love with it though! Spend more time reading it then I should have... Going to buy book two now and try not to neglect everything else, again.
(review of free book)
Review by: LG on Feb. 16, 2014 :
What initially attracted me to this book was its absolutely gorgeous cover, reasonably interesting-sounding description, and decent reviews. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, and I ended up spending maybe two months slogging through it.

I wasn't a huge fan of English's writing. It was a little too flowery for my tastes and featured a massive overuse of adverbs. I became very tired of the words “rather” and “quite.” It felt like one or the other of them was used on every single page.

I also became very tired of all the fantasy names – this, from someone who cut her teeth on fantasy. There were weird, almost Lewis Carroll-like names for everything, and I wasn't always sure they were necessary. I didn't need constant reminders that Draykon was set in a fantasy world. “Nivvens” could easily have been called “horses.” The same goes for many of the other things that had real-world equivalents. In some cases, the fantasy names were a little confusing. I couldn't read “whurthag” without imagining a warthog, although I'm pretty sure whurthags had more in common with big cats or other large predators.

I could have put up with English's writing, however, if either the story or characters had grabbed me. That didn't happen. I liked Eva well enough, but I actively disliked Llandry. Whereas Eva was older (maybe in her forties?), competent, and usually had a good head on her shoulders (except for a few blips involving Tren), Llandry was young (20) and appeared to suffer from To Stupid To Live Syndrome. Yes, I know, she had crippling social anxiety and parents that were maybe a little too overprotective. Even so, I didn't think that completely excused her behavior. Even after she found out people were being killed for having istore, she kept a little piece of it around. She followed after Devary like a puppy, despite the fact that any idiot could see she'd only slow him down. I couldn't understand why he wasn't more angry with her when he learned she'd been following him. I mean, he was on a secret mission to deliver the last known piece of istore to someone who might be able to find out more about it. Llandry was well-known as the discoverer of istore. Having Llandry around was practically like having a giant neon sign saying “you'll probably find some istore here!”

I couldn't decide whether English was trying to set up a future romantic subplot between Llandry and Devary or not. On the one hand, Llandry seemed to have a crush on Devary, even though I don't think she realized it. On the other hand, Devary's behavior towards Llandry felt more like that of an indulgent family member than a potential love interest – not surprising, since he was an old friend of Llandry's mother. At any rate, there was absolutely zero chemistry between Devary and Llandry, and I do hope that was intentional.

Draykon's story didn't grab me any more than its characters did. I think it could have, if maybe 100 pages had been edited out. The occasional interesting event would happen, and then there'd be pages and pages that didn't seem to accomplish much of anything. It felt like most of the book happened in the last 60 or so pages.

The story became a little more interesting to me near the end, and part of me wants to know what happens next in the series. However, I'm not nearly hooked enough to buy and slog through the next book, if it's as much of a drag to get through as this one was.

Extras:

The book includes a color map of the seven realms and a glossary.

(Originally posted on http://familiardiversions.blogspot.com/2012/11/draykon-e-book-by-charlotte-e-english.html)
(review of free book)
Review by: Midnight Blue on May 26, 2013 :
Quite enjoyable; a lovely escape. I will be downloading the rest of the series soon.
(review of free book)
Review by: Carol on May 7, 2013 :
This is mostly pure fantasy with an element of mystery and some action as the story progresses. Although the characters were well drawn, I didn't really get drawn into them.
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Kevan Dinn on Feb. 20, 2013 :
I really liked Draykon - not only for its flow and language, but also for the uniqueness of the story. Its one of those books that makes you feel warm when & after you read it.
(review of free book)
Review by: pamela chismar on Dec. 7, 2012 :
I enjoyed Draykon. The story was well thought out, flowed nicely, & had a few surprises. Llandry and Eva seem to share the main character role, and are both very likable. As well as their male companions, Tren and Devary.
The slight horror side of the story keeps you somewhat on edge. The landscape for the scenes are all beautifully described, they sound like places I wish to go.
The ending is a nice surprise but leaves you hanging for book 2. I personally can't wait to read it.
(review of free book)
Review by: pamela chismar on Dec. 7, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed Draykon. The story was well thought out, flowed nicely, & had a few surprises. Llandry and Eva seem to share the main character role, and are both very likable. As well as their male companions, Tren and Devary.
The slight horror side of the story keeps you somewhat on edge. The landscape for the scenes are all beautifully described, they sound like places I wish to go.
The ending is a nice surprise but leaves you hanging for book 2. I personally can't wait to read it.
(review of free book)
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