Requiem's Song

Dawn of Dragons, Book 1
Narrated by: Paul J. McSorley
Series: Dawn of Dragons, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
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Weredragons, men call them. Monsters. Cursed ones. People who can turn into beastly reptiles.

In an ancient world just rising from darkness, they are everywhere. Some wander the plains with clans of mammoth hunters. Others are born in riverside huts. Some live across the ocean, where seafaring tribes are discovering the secrets of bronze and writing in clay. Everywhere their curse is the same - they are people who can grow wings, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons.

And everywhere, they are hunted. They hide in forests and caves, dispersed. Many are alone, unaware that others exist. They are shunned, afraid, dying...until a group of these lost souls binds together and stands tall.

A blacksmith in a world of stone tools. A mammoth hunter exiled from her tribe. A traveling juggler and a wandering warrior. An elderly druid and an outcast prince. They are weredragons. They are cursed and hunted. Together they will forge a new tribe, a home for their kind. A dawn of dragon rises. The nation of Requiem is born.

©2014 Daniel Arenson (P)2015 Daniel Arenson
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Requiem’s Song by Daniel Anderson. Narrated by Paul J. McSorley

Always LOVED any paranormal books...this book is no different! Awesome to hear it tho! Goes by faster than my reading lol. Definitely advise anyone who loves dragons & paranormal to read and/or listen to this book/series! 👍🏻👍🏻

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Good story

While I enjoyed the story I did not enjoy the performance. Technically it was well performed yet some of the characterizations got on my nerves. Definitely not a book for children yet the Lyra characterization was, to me, done in a childish sounding manner. This is the one that bothered me the most.

On to the story...It is a great portrayal of self loathing and disastrous consequences. It is a portrayal of struggle and triumph. It is a portrayal of persecution, perseverance, the search for family and carving out a niche with others like one's self and making a place in the world.

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good book

I own this book as well I love it. it has a good plot a week made story line.

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Decent narration for a bad story

This is the first story I've ever read in which dragons, DRAGONS, are the weakest amongst literal Stone age tribes. The author painstakingly describes the transformations that seem powerful ( rippling muscle, shield like scales, claws like swords, etc.) yet these "mighty dragons are brought down by normal arrows and (literal) sticks and stones? DRAGONS. It makes for a frustrating listen.

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Wimpy Dragons, Gross-out story

it's ok. The reader is annoying, but tolerable. The story is interesting enough, but I like my dragons... you know....
powerful? He always talks about their scales covering their bodies, but even still simple arrows are enough to take them down? At every turn the dragons just seem... wimpy. It's frustrating. Also the author seems focused on grossing out the reader with every passing chapter. Don't get this if you've got a weak stomach.
A positive would be, I do like the character of Lyra, and there's decent action.

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Ok story but the performance could be better

The story dialogue was rather cliche and simple. The story itself didn’t have a balance I normally like.

The reader sounded as though he was reading to children. In fact the king in the story sounded like Yosemite Sam. It was very difficult to take this seriously.

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Big Mistake

I forget why I stopped reading Daniel Arenson books litany of repeated whining, childish characterd

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horrible

What would have made Requiem's Song better?

Less flopping around between and less degradation of the main characters. They got beat, raped and killed so often I just couldn't keep track of who was doing what to whom.

Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Arenson again?

Everyone deserves a second chance but I will never listen to this series again

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Decent story, too many unanswered questions.

Let me start by saying I really did not enjoy the narrator. He is skilled, with a good assortment of voices, but I think his character voice choices were not very good. Particularly the female characters. One of the main characters, who does have a legitimate reason for her voice to sound... Impaired, actually sounds like an adolescent male orc with huge tusks affecting the voice rather than the actual physical explanation.

Okay, story.
I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first book Daniel wrote in this world. With that in mind, I was expecting shallow characters, random, dead-end sub- plots, and clumsy, sloppy prose.

I'm very happy to say this book has none of those problems!

What it does have is a big, sprawling cast, a deep history, and complex characters.

In many ways, I'm reminded of A Game of Thrones, but that I feel there wasn't enough time spent on any one thing.

Just from the way its written, I can see there is a wealth of history and character motivations and magic and I just wish more of it had made it into the book.

As it is, it feels like I've just watched a film adaptation that hints at all these awesome things but doesn't actually explore any of them.

I expect much of this is built on with successive novels, but again, I feel that this story was too big to have been told in a 100k word novel.

Now, for my one true gripe about the story:
The Dragons.

Now, I understood going into it that the story was about were-dragons and not true dragons, so, okay, weird idea, but I get it.

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Where are the true dragons?
There's not a word in the entire book even mentioning true dragons.

Do they exist?
If not, how can you explain the existence of a were-dragon? It just doesn't make sense to me.

Now, the bigger issue I have, is why would plain, ordinary rope stop a were-dragon from transforming into their dragon form? It doesn't make any sense. The change is magical in nature, how does ordinary rope prevent it?

I kept expecting an explanation, but none ever came.

And why can humans kill them so easily?

I could go on about this, but the short version is I have tons of questions about the Dragons that were not addressed in any way, shape, or form in the book.

In the end, I'm glad I read it, but I don't know if I'll be continuing the series.

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completely disappointed

was really looking forward to this title. not worth the money. narrator was annoying.

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  • leroy black
  • 01-04-19

lost in the book

loved it can't wait to read the next one in the series and get lost in the book