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The Royal Dragoneers: The Dragoneers Saga, Book One | [M. R. Mathias]

The Royal Dragoneers: The Dragoneers Saga, Book One

For as long as mankind has been stranded, dragons have been their sworn enemies. But no longer... Sixteen year-old Jenka De Swasso wants nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps and become a King's Ranger. But when he one day finds himself surrounded by vicious trolls, a young pure-blood dragon comes to his rescue and they become bond-mates.
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Publisher's Summary

After struggling for more than two centuries to tame the inhospitable islands where they washed up, the descendants of the survivors of a lost passenger ship are now striving to tame a more substantial "Mainland" they have found.

For as long as mankind has been stranded, dragons have been their sworn enemies.

But no longer...

Sixteen year-old Jenka De Swasso wants nothing more than to follow in his father's footsteps and become a King's Ranger. But when he one day finds himself surrounded by vicious trolls, a young pure-blood dragon comes to his rescue and they become bond-mates.

Meanwhile, the goblins have a new king, Gravelbone, and have allied themselves with the tainted "mudged" dragons to drive mankind out of its lands. Setting his sights on a vast manmade wall, Gravelbone and his wicked hell-born Nightshade, seek to poison the entire human kingdom and enslave any survivors.

Jenka and his companion, a druida warrior named Zah, soon realize that they and their bonded dragons are mankind's only hope for survival. Forced to defy their arrogant king's wishes, the pair set out on a desperate quest to stop Gravelbone's forces and save mankind from its terrifying fate.

With action so intense you'll forget to breathe and intrigue around every corner, The Royal Dragoneers is one adventure you cannot miss.

Hold on to your dragon... your journey is about to begin!

©2010 Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (P)2013 Michael Robb mathias Jr.

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    Ocie Nelson TRIMONT, MN, US 12-28-13
    Ocie Nelson TRIMONT, MN, US 12-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The story was great"

    The story was an outstanding read. The narrator has a good voice but used pauses and inflections that were irritating. We managed to ignore the voice inflections and pauses and just listened to the words

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Baggins Norman, OK, United States 01-29-13
    Baggins Norman, OK, United States 01-29-13

    I am from the Shire.

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    "A well written, and well told action-fantasy."
    What made the experience of listening to The Royal Dragoneers the most enjoyable?

    The story was great. A village boy and some others turn into dragon riders to save a land from a troll who is trying to poison them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Royal Dragoneers?

    When the young dragon Jade gets chastised and then takes off on his own. I was scared for that juvenile wyrm, more than I'd like to admit.


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

    I heard her read Mathias' Crimson and Clover on youtube.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Each chapter ends in a way that compels you to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second M. R. Mathias audio book I have listened to. In both the narrators use voices for the characters. This is okay but distracting at times. It also lends to the drama and anticipation at times too. Mathias' stories are somehow traditional fantasy yet told in a very refreshing way. I hope all four of his fantasy series make it to audio format.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    M. Pepper Paragould, AR USA 04-20-13
    M. Pepper Paragould, AR USA 04-20-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Wonderful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story very much.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the narrator's reading style annoying to listen to. She read in strange surge-like phrases that were distracting. I was almost like a computer was reading to me.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Adedayo Makinde East Coast, USA 11-26-13
    Adedayo Makinde East Coast, USA 11-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Siri would have been a better reader"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator was completely horrible.


    What didn’t you like about Christine Padovan’s performance?

    She would randomly pause at words without any apparent rhythm. The only time she was less horrible was when she got tired. An example would be as follows, note the periods and read the sentences as such "The grey. scaled dragon was tired and was barely able to raise. Its wings to defend itself." Note this is not a quote from the book.


    Did The Royal Dragoneers inspire you to do anything?

    get my own dragon?


    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Opelika, AL, United States 09-06-13
    Jonathan Opelika, AL, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story but terrible narrator"

    The story is great. I have really come to enjoy this author. But I will not listen to another book read by this narrator. She narrates as if reading to preschoolers. She pauses in all the wrong places and doesn't provide a good range of voices. She slurs words a lot. Other than that I would recommend this book and author to any fantasy lover. I will be finishing the series but I'll be reading it instead of listening.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    RMCW k 07-07-14
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    "Narrating was horrible!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was unable to enjoy this book with the current narrating! Monotone! No inflection in her voice! Boring!!!!!!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I was unable to enjoy this book with the current narrating! Monotone! No inflection in her voice! Boring!!!!!!!


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book-horrible narrator."
    What made the experience of listening to The Royal Dragoneers the most enjoyable?

    The characters were very likable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the relationship between the variety of characters. Everyone from the lowly village boys to the portly king.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I started reading on my kindle then switched to the audio version. I wish i hadnt . The narrator detracted from the book so badly that if I had started with the audio version I would not have continued with novel.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Its a good book but the narration is just to annoying.


    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
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