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- Publication Date: November 5, 2014
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- Language: English
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Call of the Dragon (Return to Avalore Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Rhia has always felt different and isn't sure why. When she runs into Drake, he is able to tell her that she is the long-lost queen of his otherworldly homeland, Avalore.
The pacing is tedious. Most of the book involves Rhia and Drake being in danger, fleeing to a safe place, flirting or making love, getting back into danger, and repeating the cycle. The world-building is muddled. Avalore is vaguely drawn -- the women wore silk gowns, but they had canned soup, photography, and cursed like modern Americans. Did they import technology from our world? Did they invent these things on their own? Threads of the story are inconsistent -- at one point, Drake says he stayed up all night to research an exception to Avalorian customs. But when Rhia invokes the exception, everyone in the crowd instantly know what she's talking about. Why did Drake need to research it?
With more details about the world and some improved plotting, this could have been an entertaining read. As it is, it's just too difficult to get into.
Our heroine is the savior of her people and the hero keeps telling her she HAS to return to Avalore to save them but there is no explanation as to what exactly she will do. It's never explained so is it simply her presence that does the trick or what?
She is also told that she will be presented with a predestined mate she will have to marry that has been chosen or discovered through meditation or something by a council of elders. It's not very clear how the process works or if the elders choose who ends up with who or if they divine it somehow.
Finally, the solutions to a lot of the problems had by the characters are ridiculously easy and a little dumb.
I felt like the author knew where she wanted to go with the story but wasn't as certain of how she was going to get there.
The story is pretty standard for this genre. A human is integral to the survival of another world, except they are not really human. Hero from the other world finds human, explains what is happening, escorts human back to the other world, and eventually, there is a happily ever after. The fun of the story is in the details of how this proceeds, what the various characters are, and what the worlds are like.
This story has different versions of the characters from the other world that we usually see. Dragons are just the beginning. The bad guys also come in multiple flavors, as they age, they change. The characteristics of the various species are interesting. There is also a difference in how things affect men vs. women.
The world itself is not as complex as it could be. There is enough information to understand the story, but it could use more depth. I didn't really like the role of the Elders, but that is one of the things I don't like. Their role made more sense after reading the prequel story, Flickering Light. Still, rigidness gets to me. That being said, the story had me invested in it enough to draw out my emotions. Always a good sign in a book.
Overall, I recommend this book if you like the Genre.
Drake has spent many years searching to the Queen of Avalore where his people live. The people need the queen to return to bring the light back to the land. It is by chance that Drake finds Queen Rhiannon while she is under attack from one of the beasts. He comes to her aid and helps her escape that this begins an exciting journey to her homeland and the defeat of the beasts from the dark lands.
The action never stops when an enemy within the kingdom of Avalore must be defeated and then Drake and Rhia face the ancient traditions to challenge them so they can become mates.
Call of the Dragon is full of action, hot dragon romance and lots of badness to be defeated making it an exciting paranormal romance full of spice.
This book has a very strong female characters who seems a little bit too trusting to be believed in. There is no real deep reasoning on her action. She is impulsive and let herself be pushed around a little too much, which at length tended to be annoying. She knows stuff, I grant her that but she always seems to wait and change her mind later.
I enjoyed the world and the magic even if it wasn't pushed far enough. The healing parts were really great and the use of colors in the writing was really awesome. The villains were also nicely developed. I would have loved to see more on their point of view because their big plan didn't make much sense explained from the side of the nice guys.
I wasn't a big fan of the romantic relationship and the yummyness of the male character was a little bit too repetitively emphasis, yes he is awesome and protect her and he is gorgeous but I'm not sure that's sufficient to make a relationship. Bite me the taciturn, sulky type is not really my cup of tea so this might be a reader's flaw.
If I have one real complain it's more about the ending. The task was supposed to be difficult and I would have loved to see an entire book for the heroine to travel the country to fix it and find the missing mate. It didn't happen, instead she relied on body language and poor cold reading. I think it deserved a bit more.
I would recommend this book to all fan of fantasy romance. It will take you places. (less)