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Introduction (5% of the book, 5 stars). Aranya, the main character, is introduced along with the world and the culture. The introduction pulls you in and I found it very well done.
Discovering her magic (20% of the book, 5 stars). Coming of age stories are a powerful and enticing literary construct, in my opinion, and all the more enjoyable when the person coming of age discovers she has powerful magic. This portion of the book was also extremely engaging and creative. This portion further describes the world and the cultures of the people.
Endless journeys (50% of the book, 2 stars). The main characters spend what seemed like forever to me journeying hither and thither. Each portion of the trip they're weary, in pain, hungry, lacking in sleep, and harried by a powerful enemy. It almost couldn't get through this part as it seemed very repetitive with very little that was new (travel, eat, sleep, get hassled, repeat over and over).
Battle and wrap up (25% of the book, 4 stars). Solid final battle. I was able to picture much of it in my head and I find it reasonably compelling and engaging.
There are some typos which don't generally bother me, but if you're the sort of reader who has zero tolerance for typos, you may want to skip this book.
I like this novel. It is a beautiful coming of age story about a 16 yr old teenager Aranya who just realizes that she can transform into a dragon.
At the beginning, the storytelling was a bit clunky. Enemies have just invaded Aranya's country and this has caused Aranya and her father the king to have a stlited, though heart to heart, conversation that is meant to be informative of Aranya's past. Yet this conversation was more tell than show -as I said stilted - and this was a problem because although we do not judge a book by its cover, we do judge it by its beginning. My advice to you however is... DON'T.
I promise you, you'll only have to suffer a chapter (if you even suffer at all), after that it is smooth sailing.
Ok, here is a few points I like.
World building (5 stars): what's not to like about a 'cloudscape' world that is made of island-realms suspended in the air; where people do battle using 'dragonships'; where those with magical powers are shunned; and where dragon no longer live amongst humans like they did?
Since flight in such a world (whether via ship or dragon) is important for traveling between islands, I am happy that the mechanics of flight were explained at some length and not glossed over or taken for granted or with a grain of salt.
I must say however that the description of other races, such as pygmies, is not particularly convincing nor comprehensive.
The world building is not particularly complex, but it is not simple either. More importantly, it is consistent.
Plot (4.5 stars): The plot never lags, this is more good than bad. There are times when I wanted the author to give Aryana more breathing space (but that is just me). At other times, he was right in giving her no reprieve. Interludes between battles are far between. A major problem is that half of the book consisted of journeying from one island to another: from home to prison to Odya's hut to prison to faraway land, to hut again, to home again. I think the author could have cut down those scenes a bit.
I liked the relationship that develops between Aranya and her rider-friend and the amusing, funny banter that sustains it. I cannot talk more about relationships lest I spoil the plot but apart from her friendship with her rider, Aryana makes friend with a uptight priest, a 'dragonet', a two century old cantakerous and lecherous old man (whom Aryana was first introduced to while being nude much to his delight), a prince who almost bought her from a slaver, an enemy officer... Well, you catch my drift. Aryana makes friends in unusual places.
Romantic interest... Well who wants to kiss a girl who can turn into a fang-faced dragon? Hmmm, I think I mentioned an enemy officer... No not the first one, the second. So, I guess I didn't mention him at all ;).
The wars are well-described and they have kept me interested and tense. I am grateful for that. The writer certainly have technical proficiency in describing the aerial warfare that is so crucial to the battle scenes in the book.
Magic system (4 stars): the magic system is not particularly complex. Dragons it seems can master many powers such as lightening, acid breath, healing, lightning, storm, etc... Aranya is unique in that she can do more than one type of magic.
I'll end this by saying this is a moderately well-edited book (some negligible mistakes) . The reason I put this in my comment is that many a times I have bought kindle books with a slew of grammatical or structural mistakes. This book is just FINE.
Dragon shape shifters. Fierce princesses. Evil Princes. Magic. Fate. Hidden destinies revealed. Epic battles. Pygmies. Romance. Betrayal. All this and so much more can be found within the pages of this sweeping fantasy tale. Once you start, you won't want to stop.
I love all of the characters in this book. I love the way Aranya struggled to learn how to be a dragon after the first time she shifted. I love the fierce and yet fragile Zuziana. I love conflicted Yolathion, struggling between duty and honor and matters of the heart. I love the warrior monk Ri'arion, who starts out as one kind of man, only to reveal many deep layers beneath his stoic exterior. I even love the endlessly beautiful and terrible and fascinating world of islands and mountains and the vaporous cloudlands. I love dragonshifter books and this is one of the best I've read in a long time.
My only complaint is that the story drags a bit in the middle. I think it could have been well served to have certain parts removed to make it a tighter story. But aside from that mid-story slump, Aranya is a novel full of passion and adventure. The battles between dragon and dragonships are particularly breathtaking and told in perfect detail.
This is an excellent book. If you love dragons and dragonshifters as much as I do, and if you want to be swept away on an epic fantasy adventure, then I would highly recommend Aranya.
I must say I *loved* the banter between characters in the book and enjoyed the description of different cultures, the story, the action...after I picked up the book again later in the day I read until I was finished and found myself laughing quite often and fully engrossed in the story.
My only complaint is the main character's name, which in Spanish means "spider." I had a hard time with the visual of a spider human turned dragon so I mentally called her "Ariana" which still fit.
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