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Hatch (The Dragons Of Laton Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Stevens
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ammon's job was simple, to care for the dragon eggs in the Nest. It should have been easy, but it wasn't. When the sun rose after the hatch, he had made an enemy of the most powerful man in the kingdom, and he would soon learn that was the least of his problems!


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About the Author

James Stevens (1965-present) is a lifelong New Hampshire resident, a devoted husband and father of 2 children. His first book, "Hatch", was written for his daughters and after much prodding, is now available to the public as the first in the series "The Dragons of Laton".

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  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493595741
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G0KKBBC
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book October 22, 2013
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**This review may contain spoilers. You've been warned.**

I have to start of with this review by saying that I'm older than the target audience, even so, this book was still enjoyable for me. This story is very well written and engaging. The characters are believable and Ammon is a character you can really sympathize with as well as the situation he's been thrown into and you really want to see him make it through this ordeal that not many could handle like he has managed to do.

The bonds between dragons and their riders, while not completely unique, are very well written and leave no questions or gaps on how it works. The author's take on what type of dragons exist and what happens to dragons that don't fit that mold is quite interesting and it compels you to read through the book so you can learn more, as well as find out how that will affect Ammon and his dragon. His take on their sentient qualities are also interesting. These qualities start in the egg and they are willing to kill themselves in their shell so they won't bond with a person with a dark heart.

The only issue I had with this story was Ammon's political/arranged marriage to El. It wasn't the marriage itself that bothered me. It was more how El handled it. It could have been because it was so sudden, or because her grandmother had just died only moments before, or even the fact that she just didn't have a choice in the matter, but the way she acted just after the ceremony was so confusing. She did everything she could to keep her distance for an entire month and then after Ammon makes a choice to go to war she gets upset with him for wanting to leave her alone like she seemed to want.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good coming of age story November 11, 2013
By Soopah
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Thoroughly loved the book. Yes, it's pretty much YA but like what the other reviewers, I'm way off the target audience but I still liked it.
It's your standard orphan boy coming of age story. Just like others of its ilk, boy-meets-dragon is pretty much how it starts. Most people would be turned off by it for the simple reason that the premise has been done to death since forever but I have no problems with it as long as it is done right.
What made it good for me is that the author was able to use such cliche materials and still present it in such a way that it doesn't get on your nerves. He not just shoving it down your metaphorical throat. He's giving the story to go on its own pace so you get to enjoy the development process more.
One other thing that I really enjoy is that the book doesn't suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Some authors like to pack so much character POVs in their novels that it's hard to follow the story or to identify with one character. Just when I'm enjoying reading from one view point, it then suddenly shifts to another character leaving me wanting to skip right through it so that I could go to my favorite character's part again. Some people like that but I find it irritating and frustrating.
All in all, it's a great read for everybody. You might get turned off because it seems like its primary for YA readers but if you enjoy classical high fantasy, you'll enjoy this.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!!! February 10, 2014
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the character development was good. much of the book was predictable BUT there was enough that wasn't predictable to keep one reading. PLEASE all of you writers out there ....PROOFREAD your work!!!!! Nothing kills a GOOD story like missing words in sentences, wrong words used in sentences, and BAD grammar!!! Would have had five stars if not for the aforementioned items.
thanks fora good story. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good story but rife with errors February 16, 2014
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The publishing errors are numerous and many are egregious. They really ruin the reading experience. If I'd paid .99 I wouldn't be so upset, but for 5.00 the author should have provided his readers much better proofreading.

Story was cute, and I read to the end, but I won't be continuing on in the series.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hatch is a great read! October 25, 2013
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I thought this an excellent read! The characters were well developed, their differing agendas were well blended into the story line, and the pacing kept you wanting to turn to the next page. As one of the other reviewers noted, I am definitely older than what I would think the target market to be, but the story totally engaged my imagination and kept me entertained throughout! I can't wait to see what this author offers next.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Characters lack character February 21, 2014
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The storyline was good, I'll give it that, and the world building is intriguing. However, Ammon, the main character, starts out as a simpleton and stays a simpleton. Barely any personal growth apart from that which is magically bestowed. I thought he was supposed to be 17, but he acts like he's 10. Maybe I've been spoiled by intelligent leads in the past, but this guy is beyond dense. His dragon is smarter than he is...which wouldn't normally be a problem if the gap wasn't so wide. There are some lovable characters, but this is overshadowed by writing that seems to be trying to include every 'happy ending' trope ever written. I like the story, it's unique and it's about dragon knights and dragons, one of my fave genres...but it tries way too hard to make sure everyone is 'well-equipped' in the end. (trying not to spoil the ending but lets just say by giving so much to so many, it ruins the tone of the story) Too much too soon in other words, especially if he's trying to write another book. If he does I may read it, but I was so annoyed by the ending of this one that I'm not so sure anymore.

For the age group, sure give it a try, but if your child/teen likes fantasy with smart or cunning leads that can think things through without the constant aid of magical beasts...steer clear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaiting Book Two!
I believe that I'm older than the target audience for this book, but still enjoyed it immensely. A simple story with dragons, a boy and a kingdom (or two). Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jesslyn H
4.0 out of 5 stars Dragons of a different color
Good story line. The orphan becomes a King...it was a great adventure. The story involved a lot of characters you slowing begin to care for. Looking forward to the next book.
Published 2 days ago by Mary Macapulay
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the read
An excellent book and well worth the money. I really loved all the dragons that got developed along with the characters. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Book was well written
Good plot without a lot of vulgar language or scenes for kids. Book had interest ing twists in it without being so dark as some books are.
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Published 5 days ago by Abet
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it from beginning to end!
Couldn't put it down. A enjoyable story and I am looking forward to the next volume. I strongly recommend reading.
Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Very good book that was well written. Kept me interested throughout the whole book. I really recommend it for anyone looking to shake up their reading and try something new.
Published 20 days ago by Lindsey Helvey
5.0 out of 5 stars None
this is a great book for any age reader. if you like dragon tales you will love this book. i read a lot of books and have only left two reviews out of probably twenty five hundred... Read more
Published 26 days ago by APRIL DAVIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Action and adventure with a hint of mystery. best of all No Bad Language or graphic sex scenes,.. both of which are vastly overrated.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT. I am an avid reader of fantasy ...
LOVED IT. I am an avid reader of fantasy stories and have been for decades. My daughter got this from a friend and I agreed to read it to her (she is 8). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tpreist
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding story and narration
I found the story very entertaining and interesting. You really can't ask for a better preformed story telling. Thank you.
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James Stevens (1965-present) is a lifelong New Hampshire resident, a devoted husband and father of 2 children. His first book, "Hatch", was written for his daughters and after much prodding, is now available to the public as the first in the series "The Dragons of Laton".

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