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Dragon Trials Audiobook

Dragon Trials: Return of the Darkening, Volume 1

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High-born Agathea Flamma intends to bring honor to her family by following in her brothers' footsteps and taking her rightful place as a Dragon Rider. With her only other option being marriage, Thea will not accept failure. She's not thrilled at her awkward, scruffy partner, Seb, but their dragon has chosen, and now the unlikely duo must learn to work as a team. Seventeen-year-old Sebastian has long been ashamed of his drunken father and poor upbringing, but then he's chosen to train as a Dragon Rider at the prestigious academy. Thrust into a world where he doesn't fit in, Seb finds a connection with his dragon that is even more powerful than he imagined. Soon, he's doing all he can to succeed and not embarrass his new partner, Thea. When Seb hears rumors that an old danger is reemerging, he and Thea begin to investigate. Armed only with their determination and the dragon they both ride, Thea and Seb may be the only defense against the Darkening that threatens to sweep the land. Together, they will have to learn to work together to save their kingdom...or die trying.

©2015 Ava Richardson (P)2016 Ava Richardson

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-08-16
    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-08-16 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Excellent Dragon Adventure"

    This was an excellent book with a solid storyline and great narration. I was impressed with the writing and thought that all of the characters were very believable. Overall I have nothing but good things to say.

    On the day that happens every 4 years, the young dragons are released from their enclosure to choose their riders. The book centers around the two riders chosen by a rare red dragon. One is a girl from an aristocratic family with a long history of dragon riders, and the other is the unlikely son of a poor blacksmith in the slums.

    The two vastly different riders and their dragon struggle to get along and keep up with their classmates, becoming one of the best performing teams in the school. However, rumors and whispers of trouble in the north are prevalent. Stories of an old enemy returning to destroy the realm reach even the King's ears. To make matters worse, no one seems to care or know anything about it. The two fresh dragon riders are determined to investigate and find out if the rumors are true, and if the ancient enemy has returned to threaten the realm.

    The narration in this book was top notch. She did a great job switching back and forth between the male and female voices. 5 stars for her.

    All-in-all I thought this was a great book and would recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy books.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Engler 10-18-16

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    "Non-romance dragon novel"

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    I enjoyed the narrator, though it was sometimes difficult to tell whether we were in Sebastian's perspective or Thea's perspective. Since they alternate every chapter, it's pretty quick to adjust.

    While the ending isn't a cliff hanger, I was a little disappointed. Despite gathering an entire army, there was almost no action beyond a few minutes from a child. I also didn't like how the entire kingdom seemed to ignore the signs of danger, and I didn't think the author explained it. You'd expect safeguards in place to recognize the problem, at least.

    The rest of the story is a coming-of-age tale. We start with the unlikeable Thea and watch her grow as a team-mate and a person. She starts off selfish and always worrying about her career, then by the end she puts her team in front of her career. I didn't really like the kiss scene since it felt somewhat out of place. I would have preferred they stay platonic without any romance concerns, but I guess the sequels will focus more on their relationship. I was glad this didn't turn out to be another cheesy romance. I'm not sure how I felt about switching between Thea and Sebastian's perspective. I think I would have liked it better if we could follow Thea the whole time instead of shifting focus to Sebastian so often.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Koolaid53 10-12-16
    Koolaid53 10-12-16

    I'm retired USAF and fully retired with a lot of time to read now. Read my whole life so thought I'd give some of that knowledge back.

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    "Holy Cow!"

    Welcome the the Dragon Trials! READ IT. (or in my case, listen) You will not be disappointed at all. If Dragons are your thing, this is a must. If you want entitled bitches, this is your book. If you want struggling to fit in, this is your book. If you just want a great story, this is your book.

    It is a story of history and preservation. The Darkening is starting to show its face again in a land that has been peaceful for centuries. 2 naive and novice Dragon Riders go to seek it out and see what is happening to their country.

    The rest of the story, you will have to find out for yourself.

    The narration was excellent and keep you involved all the way.

    5 stars for this one. Very entertaining.

    "This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-09-16 Member Since 2017

    I am 71 year's old I listen to a lot of mysteries I like cute ones I really like the cozy mysteries I like Christmas mysteries and horror

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    " great book"

    I have always been fascinated with dragon's so I absolutely enjoyed this book. the narrator was very good I received this book free from the author, publisher and or narrator for a honest and unbiased opinion via audio book boom.com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robb 09-22-16
    Robb 09-22-16
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    "Fun, lighthearted fantasy read"
    If you could sum up Dragon Trials in three words, what would they be?

    "Prepare for war".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the fact that it is a lighter take on the fantasy genre, while retaining enough depth to keep the reader interested and looking forward to the next chapter. Also being an animal lover, I naturally took a liking to the dragons in the story and their interactions with their riders and caregivers.


    Which character – as performed by Tiffany Williams – was your favorite?

    I think that Agathea was my favorite performance. While none of the character's motivations run terribly deep, the narrator makes the most of Agathea by really bringing out her internal conflict of living up to her family's name and history vs. what she feels to be right. The narrator does a good job capturing the anger in the character in the early stages of the book as well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have any extreme reactions, but the book did have me smiling a good bit. Almost every interaction between the main characters and their dragon was interesting and fun. The main antagonists, while simple, did provide enough opposition to make me actively dislike them.


    Any additional comments?

    In a genre that can sometimes be very intimidating (especially for newer readers) because so many titles are parts of a larger or very much more complicated story, Dragon Trials stands apart in being very accessible to the reader. This would make a good stand-alone read, or a good gateway into the fantasy world for those looking to try the genre for the first time. The plot moves quickly and without dead spots, the characters are easy to like, and the book ends on a good "neutral" ground between cliffhanger and definite conclusion. Overall a fun read, and a good intro into what appears to be a promising series. Looking forward to the next one!

    ==This audiobook was provided to me free of charge in return for an unbiased, honest review via Audiobook Boom.==

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiasdolls 09-15-16
    Tiasdolls 09-15-16 Member Since 2015

    I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible

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    "A Soaring Adventure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved everything about it. I can't wait for the next segment.

    Author Ava Richardson created such a wonderful world of fantasy and mystery. Her characters were believable. I am looking forward to reading/listening to more.


    What other book might you compare Dragon Trials to and why?

    Dragon Spell by Donita K Paul


    Have you listened to any of Tiffany Williams’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Ms. Williams created a fabulous production. I enjoyed her narration. Superb storytelling. I hope she produces the entire saga.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy via audiobook boom in exchange for an unbiased review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon CustomerBeliever 09-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow"

    Loved this story. Two unlikely people will help to save their world. Thea is determined to follow in her brothers footsteps and become a dragon rider. Seb is a young man who wants out of the poor upbringing that he has. Dragons are released every four years to choose their riders and these two are chosen by the same dragon. The three of them must work together to become a cohesive unit. Through guts, strong will and determination they become the best and are the only ones who believe the rumors that something terrible is about to happen. They use the same skill set they had in the academy to pursue and conquer this danger.
    The narration added to the story. I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook boom. This is worth a credit because it is so well written and engaging.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-18-17
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 02-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Intense fun!"

    In Dragon Trails we get to discover what it is to be a candidate to be a dragon rider. We are going through the trials (trainings) with Agathea and Seb and things are not as they seem on the surface. I could feel trouble brewing on the fringes of their training. For me, this ranked with other dragon books I've read such as Eragon. There is so much wonderful magic woven into the words and narration of this book. Definitely pick up this book! It's also kid friendly for the most part (some fights and little to no bad language).

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A.K. Wilson Loxley, AL 02-11-17
    A.K. Wilson Loxley, AL 02-11-17

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    "Really enjoyed this book!!"

    Loved the storyline! Seb and Thea are so real with their thoughts and emotions! Can't wait to start the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Smith 02-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful tale of dragons"

    It was a nice story. The heroine had some growing up to do. I wish all stories could have a perfect start with the characters, but this story was more true to real life; at least that part of it anyway.

    Life humbles us, and if we are lucky, it teaches us and changes us for the better.

    The story was very well developed. I enjoyed reading it, even though I feel like the target audience is probably middle school to teens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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