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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 27 minutes
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- Audible.com Release Date: February 14, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NAIGY95
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Daughter of Dragons: The Legacy of Dragons, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Here is a slightly spoilery analysis of what I think went wrong in this book.
Firstly, the plot of the book is basically the same as that of the first three books of it's parent series. This, by itself, is not bad. The problem is that various parts of the story make it feel less compelling. The basic plot is basically two kids going on a journey while hiding from those who would seek to harm them. Again, not a bad plot. However, in pillars of reality, every step of the journey has a clear goal. They're trying to get to this city for that reason. The journey is interesting to read, but it also flows well with the overall conflict of the story. That is sadly lacking here. The main characters are doing the same sort of journey, but they have no clear end-goal for any step of it. It's basically just them being constantly on the run. This ends up hurting the book because the way that the conflict of the story gets resolved has little build up and wasn't really a product of the journey itself, which makes the journey that the main characters were on (at least 2/3 of the book) seem unnecessary. Some minor justifications are thrown in to try and mitigate this, but it nonetheless still feels that way.
The other main problem i have with this book is the dynamic between the two main characters. Namely, the way that one of them does virtually everything important while the other is just there to keep the conflict going and act as a romantic interest. Again, compare that to pillars of reality, it's parent series. The two main characters in that series were both equally important and relevant throughout the series, and a main draw of the series was the way that the two opposite characters (highly emotional mechanic and emotionless mage) interacted. They were also both important to solving the various problems they encountered. In Daughter of Dragons, that dynamic is completely missing. The main female lead solves all the problems and comes up with all the plans in the story, while the main male lead contributions are negligible.
I realize that I'm comparing Daughter of Dragons to it's parent series a lot, but I feel like i have to because it's so blatantly a rehash of the same overall plot of the first half of that series. Which is another concern i have about this book. Pillars of Reality was, as a series, hard to put down because one book flowed naturally into the next while creeping ever closer to the overall conflict that was clearly established in the first book. This book does neither. There is no overarching conflict established in this book that would define a series, and the ending seems (to me, anyway) neatly wrap things up without setting up the next book at all (an vague prophecy does not count here). This means that there is very little to guarantee that there actually will be a series, which is disappointing because (so far) John Campbell write really good series. The fact that this is his start to a new series makes me nervous about the series as a whole. I really hope that his next book is better.
Also, this book felt like a young adult coming of age novel and kind of a trite one, with all the expected buttons pressed and no surprises at all.
I found myself wondering if the author did it because of some sort of contract, and didn't really care anymore. Certainly, by the end of the book, I was struggling to care.
To a small extent this seems like a repeat of the first series. But writing in the Hero genre requires conflict, leaving home, having fantastic adventures and the Hero returning home, changed for the better.
On this summer vacation I've had the time to read a lot of nonfiction and fiction. Many times I've had to force myself to finish a book by a big name author, often not caring how the story ends, my "suspension of belief" in shreds, and not knowing or caring who the characters are. Not this book!
Daughter of Dragons has a story I could not put down; a great mixture of science and magic; and characters I liked, loathed, and about whom I gave a lot of thought.
As the daughter of a mathematician and an engineer, I, like Kiri, sometimes felt I lived in the shadows of my parents. Though I was great at math and science, I remember vividly the day my parents and I were casually talking when I told them I really didn't want a career in either field. My Dad in particular was so genuinely astonished and supportive. Somehow he knew that though kids lined up after school for me to tutor them in math, my real strength was in the teaching itself. And my Mom pointed out that my interest was in history. Such great parents. And that is part of the great writing here: taking Mari and Alain to a different level as adults and parents, even though most of their actions are off stage.
Mr. Campbell has interesting characters, unusual ideas, lots of action, and a great sense of humor.
At the moment I'm also re-reading Moby Dick and think about my many happy years at the shore and sailing. To me one of the best parts of Daughter of Dragons was the storm at sea. Terrific writing.
I liked, sadly, the part where Mari and Alain, heroes of the first series, had to live in fear from enemies overcome in the first series. It's true that often the character of a person is defined by her enemies. Wars are often the "easy" part; winning the peace takes much more time.
Science fiction at its best makes the reader think about her own society's problems and way by which to overcome them.
In retrospect the first series was partly about seeking the lost knowledge of earth. Be careful what you wish for is obviously going to be a large part of this second series.
And may I say, I have Mr. Campbell's books both on Kindle and in print because they are so interesting and re-readable. I highly recommend Daughter of Dragons, as well as Mr. Campbell's other books.
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