The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator - a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon - one of the rare and mythical High Dragons - makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and lifelong, and Maia's desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world - and of herself.
©2016 Todd Lockwood (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I loved it and would love to see the rest of the series. The book kept me entertained the reader was really nice and left me at a point where I'd like to pick up the next book immediately. If it were available
Despite the 4+ star rating on this book, I struggled with it. The author's language, world building, religion and underlying plot were all wonderful, but almost from the beginning I struggled to like the main character. I can't tell if the author intended this or not, or how much the narration (which was not terrible but also not great) was influencing my feelings about her. I found Maia so self-centered and uncaring about how her actions affected the others around her that by about 3/4 of the way through I just wanted the book to end so I could stop listening to the monologue about how right she was. I am a dragon-book lover since reading Anne McCaffrey's Pern series in elementary school, so I was also disappointed by the way the dragons were represented, which felt like a kind of meld between a pet and a horse. Bottom line, I would suggest getting this book from the library before spending a credit or $ on it.
Narrator over emphasis words and feelings.
Book is well written but at times I lost interest because scenes seemed to go on and on. I found myself skipping through minutes because of this and I rarely do that with a story. Usually the longer the book the more I love it, not so with this book because the story did not move on.
I've listened to this great audio book three times in a row so far and expect to begin again immediately... Wonderfully complex and detailed! Looking for the next book and hope it's soon!
I hope Todd comes out with a sequel soon. I enjoyed this audiobook - it was very well narrated; the world building phenomenal. Can't wait for the next one! #pleasehurry
Learn to raise and train your dragon in an exciting and engaging way, along with bone chilling experiences and adventures!
It obviously reminded of The Dragonriders of Pern series, but also The Chronicles of Obernewtyn. Can't wait for the next book.
This novel is a wonderful, exciting beginning to the series. The world is well thought-through and conveyed, the characters are fairly engaging, and I can't wait to see how the author fleshes out more of the mysterious history of the world in the (hopefully!) upcoming books. Definitely worth the listen and the wait for more fantastic storytelling!
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