Sequestered deep in the capital, the tyrannical Emperor Vosper weaves a plan to destroy all the dragons. He succeeds in driving them to the very brink of extinction. Only a handful of dragons and riders remain; living in exile in the desert. When young Elias Dorgumir finds a carved dragon stone in the forest, it brings empire soldiers to his doorstep, and puts Elias on the run with a bounty on his head.
With some help from his friends, Elias must escape the emperor's wrath and try to make it to the safety of the dwarf caverns. Elias holds the key to the salvation of the dragon race. Is Elias strong enough to save himself and halt the evil that is spreading across the land?
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The narration was excellent. But so was the story. I liked that the story isn't all adventure and good people.
Elias - because he is in the thick of it and doesn't know squat.
Thorin - loved the burr.
The slaughtering of baby dragons was a touch disturbing, which made me want to read on.
I was hooked on this book from the beginning. It starts with a dark scene – the Emperor’s men have been out searching and destroying dragon nests and they have just found one. While not overly graphic, the point comes across loud and clear with the killing of newly hatched dragons. I definitely like my fantasy to have a little bit of a darker side, a more serious side, as this shows there are real consequences for the characters to consider. Then we moved to Elias and his grandma. She was a strong, guiding force in his life and such an integral character before Elias set off on his adventure. Through her, we have just enough background to be very curious about many things: her own past, Elias’s parents, dragon riders and dragons in general, etc. I definitely wanted more and the author delivered.
Pretty soon, Elias comes across the dwarf Thorin (and I think Thorin is actually a half-breed dwarf-halfling, but I could have that wrong). And yes, is Thorin a nod to Tolkien’s work? Thorin and Elias become quick friends, mostly because Thorin has recently fallen out of a tree and needs some healing and Elias obliges. They adventure off together, dodging the Emperor’s men and necromancers, meeting more dwarves, ever heading for safety. The necromancer we meet was freaky scarey and the voice the narrator gave her was quite fitting and a little frightening.
The adventure scenes are speckled with scenes of another kingdom – the last hold out from Vosper’s tyrannical reign. Dragons, their riders, and magic users are welcomed and safe there (or at least not actively hunted by the government). We meet some of the dragon riders, the dragons, and the king. There is an interesting scene involving star fruit (a personal favorite of mine). And in the second half of the book we meet a dragon and her rider who were once imprisoned and tortured by Vosper and his minions. Wow! I don’t know if they are the good guys, good guys gone a little insane, or potentially a chaotic bad element off on their own. I am fascinated by these two and really, really look forward to learning more about them in the next installment.
This was a great start to a fantasy series. While suitable for most (if not all) audiences, it has enough gravity to strongly appeal to most adult readers. The characters have depth and history, the world building is just enough to give scope and interest without bogging down the story. The narration was excellent.
Narration: Here is where I gush about the narration of Adam Chase. I loved his various accents for the different peoples of this book, especially Thorin’s voice and that creepy voice of the necromancer. His female voices were also done quite well, especially for Elias’s granma.
I love any story that has a tale of Dragons in it. I gave this book a read and fell in love with it, I has all the thrills and spills of a good sci-fi. I had a hard time putting this book down,The narrator does a wonderful job, his reading is clear and he makes all the characters come to life. I will read or listen to it again,thats how much I enjoyed this book.
I don't pick favorites because I love them all thats what makes this a great sci-fi book. they all come to life for me so no favorites .
Like i said no favorites, as I said Adam made them all come to life,he is very talented, keep up the good work. You kept me on the edge just when it was needed.
I really don't have an answer for that question, sorry
I am going to read the series and I am sure the other 2 books are as good as the first. Every reader has their taste for what they love, I am a sci-fi buff, I love the fact that I can get lost in there and survive, it's a grand ride, those Dragons can really fly. My imagination soars with the wonder of being in a time and place that gets me away from this reality and lets me be whom ever I want. Never let anyone say thats not real, because for a little while I am the Dragon.
YES....... GREAT STORY LINE
ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE READ IN MANY MONTHS
over all it was good. none stand out , and that was good. usually it drops off in places but this was well paced and riveting
this is the kind of book to make a very good series with but the only thing was it was so short
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