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Deathsworn Arc 1 : The Last Dragon Slayer (Volume 1) Paperback – July 8, 2013
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My latest read is The Last Dragon Slayer. The plot is a fantasy standard but that doesn't have affect the story experience in any way! The book is a little on the short side so not all the characters or subplots get a full treatment I would have liked but the story is engaging and kept me turning pages. One set of characters, Vashni and Korhan, brought a new angle to the usual fantasy fare and I really liked their dynamic.
I enjoyed it enough to continue with the series. I'm curious as to what befalls the party in the next installments and look for to finding out!
The characters are great, and dialogue is well executed, which both moves the plot forward and lets the characters come to life. I ended up really liking one character in particular, the female elf Vashni, and having a caring but strong female character on a quest is a really terrific choice. Her scenes were always excellent, and one in particular at the end was very moving, which is a testament to how much I came to be invested in the characters.
There's a lot to think about, too, in this book. There is a theme about "The Truth" that runs throughout, that is a way of looking at the meaning of life. I like the depth this theme offers and how it helped us understand the character's motivations.
The book provides both an intriguing resolution, a plot twist and a cliffhanger at the end--which is quite a feat! I highly recommend you join in jumping in to this series for an intriguing escape and a winning quest.
Saul is a wizard who is given a mission by Empress Jade to find and slay Noble Dragon. He takes with him a small team and goes to look for Silius Mendelson who is a known Dragon Slayer. Silius is said to be the last person to have seen the Noble Dragon. There are rights, elves, bandits, thieves, six mysteries stones and adventure all the things a good fantasy needs. It is a lighter than most fantasy I have read, but it is only the first book in the series. It is well worth the read and you need to experience for yourself. I just love some of the witty things the characters say.
I enjoyed reading this book. The author will set up a very cliché plot or twist and then turn it into an unexpected outcome. Nothing, remarkable but still unexpected. Her characters are vividly described and I very much looked forward to meeting her Noble dragon and reading about his typical dragon mentality from this authors point of view. Which of course didnt happen for a while. I believe this book would be better suited for the younger audience. Not a bad book to read but its still a very typical fantasy nothing really remarkable about it but the writing was good at least.
It reads similar to a D&D adventure, but not in a bad way because it's quite well plotted and structured. A band of merry adventures containing a wizard, a barbarian, and a warrior go on a mission to slay a dragon. Along the way, they have a couple of side-quests, and acquire a few more companions.
It's very "preachy", though. And not in the subtle way that The Sword of Truth series is preachy. This one is really in your face, as the author rams his own morality down your throat. Morality which I can understand, but don't subscribe to.
Editing-wise, the spelling and grammar is almost at 100% - although I need to mention that one's interest is "piqued", not "peaked". The commas are all over the place, though. It's very disconcerting, and ruined my immersion completely. To use an old adage, there's a big difference between "Let's eat, grandma", and "Let's eat grandma"!
But if you like quick, easy to read fantasy, and don't expect the language to be too period appropriate (the characters say "yeah" a lot), and you happen to agree with the morality presented in this book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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