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Dragon Called

Deadweed Dragons Book One
Narrated by: Traci Arlene
Series: Deadweed Dragons Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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In a kingdom that has fallen into chaos, one young woman - and her dragon - are thrust into the role of bringing balance to the land.

From the moment Dayie washed ashore as an infant, everyone in her tiny village treated her as...different. She didn’t belong, no matter how hard she tried. So when a vicious, invasive plant called Deadweed overruns her village, she’s blamed and sold to the Dragon Traders for fear of her powers and the mystery surrounding her origin.

After years of service to the ruthless Dragon Traders, Dayie wants her freedom. To repay her debt, Dayie steals a dragon egg. But she winds up with far more than she bargained for when her egg hatches before she can get it to them. Now she must hide her hotheaded young dragon Zarr or risk losing him: either to the Dragon Traders or the Deadweed that’s creeping ever southward.

When the Dragon Traders travel further south to evade capture and Deadweed attacks, Dayie meets a mysterious Dragon Rider named Akeem, who tells her magic is behind the spread of the Deadweed, and that she’s been bonded with Zarr - for life. Now Dayie faces a choice: give up her dragon for her freedom or take her place with Zarr in the Training Hall of Dagban. There, she may have the chance to avenge her parents’ deaths and solve the mystery of ever-spreading Deadweed.

Dayie’s destiny awaits, if she’s brave enough to follow it...

This novel contains violence.

©2019 Relay Publishing (P)2019 Relay Publishing

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Deadweed Dragons

This is the first book in the series and I would recommend reading it in the right order this gives you a better connection with the main characters.
If you love dragon books then this is for you.

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Eagerly awaiting next release!

I requested this since my granddaughters were visiting. Much to my surprise I became invested in this wonderful story. It's written so that young and old can enjoy.
Narrator did a great job with all the characters.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.

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Interesting "Villain"

I really like that the "villain" in this story is so different than in traditional fantasy book. There is no evil sorcerer here (or at least, not in this book of the series...I don't know about the rest). But I don't know yet if I like having a plant as the enemy. There are parts that I like, and parts that I don't. The idea is just so different that I have not yet decided. I loved the personality of the young dragon...somehow it seemed like a combination of part dangerous dinosaur beast and part puppy...a very interesting combination that really seems to work here.

I do like the characters... Dayie is a great, imperfect heroine, and Akeem seems a good hero, although maybe a little too good. The bouncing back and forth between their story lines, each told in the first person, threw me off a few times, even though the narrator did a pretty good job of giving them different voices...they were just not quite different enough for it to be obvious to me who was speaking.

Overall the narration was quite good, although there were several words pronunciations that caught me as strange. Especially early in the book, words like subsequent, conflagration, and ichor, were not pronounced the way I expected, and some seem to have a different pronunciation later in the book. I cannot say for certain that my pronunciation is correct and not the narrator's, but I think there were errors. And somehow, Dayie's singsong Maa Maa Laa seemed to me like it should be stronger and more melodious than presented here. Even so, I really liked the personality the narrator brought to each of the characters.

Very well done and strongly recommended

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review, which I voluntarily leave here.

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Fun new dragon tale

Ava Richardson knows how to make an amazing story and world revolving around dragons! I adored the beginning to this series and hope to be able to continue it. Dayie has to go through a lot of struggles and I enjoyed seeing her challenged and watching her grow. I also loved a lot of the supporting characters and hope to get to know them more in the future books. Definitely a great paced story set in a unique world with lots to enjoy. *I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Good story

Great dragon story. The characters are detailed and well written and the setting is great

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Good book

The writing was good. But I did think the chapter titles were a bit much.