I don't even know where to begin. All you need to know is that it was awesome. Everything I have read(two books so far), by M.R. Mathias I have loved. I could not recommend this author to you more. If you are a fan of fantasy or stories about magic, or you loved Harry Potter, pick this one up. I feel like this book is right up there with J.K Rowling's writing. And we all know how great those books were. This author needs more recognition. I know he already has a lot of readers and fans. But I wish he was more well known. I wish I knew how to get him there. I suppose I could continue to sing his praises from the rooftops, but there is only so much little old me can do.
I tend to get attached to his characters. Then he has a way of pulling the rug out from underneath you and ripping them away and leaving you devastated. I didn't cry during this novel, not like the last one( I was bawling). But that doesn't mean I liked it any less. It was absolutely fantastic. I got quite attached to the dragons, not as much to the people, but I liked them as well. My two favorite characters were Jade and Herald. Kind of odd choices, and you would understand if you read it(go read it).
The book is very character driven, but that doesn't mean there isn't a plot either. Because the whole story is amazing. It goes by very quickly. And I definitely didn't want to put it down. He writes his characters so well. It's like he really knows the ins and outs of what a true fantasy character should be. Now I will admit, I am not a huge fantasy reader, and I probably won't be after this, but whenever he asks me to read one of his books, I just can't turn him down because I know I will get an amazing story out of it. The descriptions are perfect. He describes battle scenes as if they are actually happening as you are reading them. Dragons whirling and spiraling in the air, people falling from the sky, the glittering of dragon scales, a massive brick wall separating an entire region of land topped with archers and dragon guns...WOW. I need to take a breath. And now I am quite attached to both of his fantasy series and I will absolutely need to find out what happens next.
Bottom line is this: Pick this one up. I highly recommend it. It is an enjoyable read; honestly it's more than that, but there's only so many words in the English language I can use without sounding like a pretentious idiot. It's available on Amazon, Smashwords, AND Barnes and Noble. You have no excuse.
And yes, I reviewed this the same day or purchase, but I read this book last month. The review is posted elsewhere in many places. :)
Whenever a new M.R. Mathias book releases, I can't wait to read it. And lucky for me, I am usually one of the first. He is easily one of the most consistent writers I have ever encountered during my many years of reading. Consistency is a great thing to have when you are a writer. He has the ability to turn out book after book that is of the utmost quality and that never wavers. And he has done it again with Cold-Hearted Son of a Witch.
The author has said to me that this is a transitional book and that's why it's shorter than the rest. That may be true, but it sure didn't make it any less important. The story continues here from the first book, and it's just as exciting and animated as The Royal Dragoneers was. Listen. I am not a fantasy fan. At least not a high-fantasy fan. It's true that I don't have a lot of experience with high-fantasy, but I can't help but love this series. I love these dragons. And I love their riders.
The plot is paced well and the action jumps off the page. It was completely exciting and very difficult to put down. It usually takes me a little bit of time to read through a M.R. Mathias novel, but I finished this one in a few hours. I just had to know what happened next. And the book is also full of dry humor and wit, which is something that I really enjoy. I love laughing out loud when I read and I really adore the author's sense of humor. I think it's great.
I've reviewed more than enough of his books now, and I fear that at this point anything I say will sound like a broken record. I think all of my reviews for M.R. Mathias books sound the same! But I can't help it, because they are all really good and I can't help but repeat myself. There are only so many good things you can say about an author before you start running out of words.
A few quick things you need to know: Cold-Hearted Son of a Witch is a shorter book than The Royal Dragoneers, and will not take you as long to get through. And as always, they can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. This story was a lot of fun and I really cannot wait to continue the story with the next book. There were a lot of fun twists and turns with this one and I am dying to know how the story ends. This is a trilogy right?