- Series: Bentwhistle the Dragon
- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503315282
- ISBN-13: 978-1503315280
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past (Volume 1) Paperback – October 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a delightful and educational adventure−everybody should make it a point to learn the authentic facts about these lovely creatures− for children and adults alike.
When the actual story starts the author moves us to the present times, to the Earth we seem to know. The thing is, there's a whole world just under our feet. The world accessible only to dragons in their original form, as well as in their human bodies.
The blending of human and dragon worlds is perfect and extremely detailed. You can find out not only how it will all happen to exist, but also how the dragons can travel so fast and what's their favorite sport. Actually, the descriptions are so detailed that you'll find out not only the name of the sport, but also the game rules, the team members and how they happened to get their names. I think these are the details that kind of put me off. I do enjoy a good world building, but I think I got a bit overwhelmed here. Too many details, too little action
Each of the characters also gets their own story. Obviously, Bentwhistle, as the main hero, is especially well developed, but the author does not forget about the others. You will get insight into their lives, work, free time. You'll see exactly how they fit into the story and how they influence it.
This review was hard for me to write. For some strange reason, this book and I couldn't get along. It's a pity because both the story and the world building seem great! Oh gosh, that would make a fantastic movie!
So yes, I didn't manage to finish reading this book and I've decided to finally stop trying, but it doesn't mean you have to follow because the story is good, the world and character building are fantastic and it's all about dragons :).
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I tried to get into this book. It sat on my TBR list for two years while I picked it up, set it aside, picked it up again, set it aside… again. I just couldn’t get into it. I’m not a huge fan of high fantasy, to begin with, but it was clear from the outset that I was going to have a problem mostly with the way the book was written. To be honest, the writing was weak. There was a lot of the author telling his readers what was happening, without putting any effort into showing them the world so they could come to their own conclusions. The narrative was written in an extremely passive manner and was littered with cliché phrases.
Quote: In spite of its size the dragon was clearly agitated, roaring occasionally, scraping the large claws on its feet along the top of the rubble on either side of it, and banging its tail into the ground intermittently. (End of Quote)
Why “in spite of its size”? That has nothing to do with the fact that it was agitated. Why are you telling us that it’s agitated, to begin with? Why not show us with the roaring and the scraping and let it speak for itself?
Quote:As the apparently inevitable drew closer, the sprinting knight managed to find a little more speed and at the split second before hitting the tip of the flame, dived headlong towards the cobbles. (End of quote)
Why “apparently inevitable”? There were so many instances of “apparently” and “seemingly” just in the first chapter that I grew frustrated with each new reiteration.
Quote: “For all intents and purposes, yes,” said the knight. (End of quote)
Why not just say “Yes.”?
Quote: “I require no reward. I’m sorry for the loss of life and damage to your city,” the knight replied in a heartfelt manner. “I have companions who as we speak are making their way there with great haste to assist with what has happened this day, among them healers and engineers. I ask that they are allowed to help out as best they can, and also that you not address me as Sir, as I have not yet earned that title, but by my name: George.” (End of quote)
The lack of appropriate punctuation aside, the dialogue was heavily crafted and monologue-esque. It didn’t feel real. I kept pushing, but by the end of the first chapter, it was clear that the entire book was going to be written in this way, and I just couldn’t push myself to keep reading. When I start a story, I want to be gripped by it. I want to be pulled in and several hours later find myself staring blankly at the last word of the story wondering how I got there so quickly and why it had to end. I didn’t have that with this. There may be a reader out there somewhere (probably a middle-grade reader) that will absolutely love this story, but It isn’t for me. I’m setting it aside and moving on to something a little more thoughtfully crafted.
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received a copy of Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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