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Dirt Paperback – October 27, 2015
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"This story is multi-layered and there are so many layers that it really is an in-depth read. Yes you can read the surface and understand what happens, but when you really dig deep you realize that there are so many more layers, and most of them have social implications." - Fang-Freakin-Tastic Reviews
"Very imaginative and a good story of rescue in a hostile environment. I have to buy the next book in the series!" - Theresa, Goodreads
About the Author
C.C. Hogan is a writer and musician who loves good humour, good wine, the odd whiskey and to spend as much time telling stories as possible. He tries not to be embarrassed about including the odd dragon amongst his eclectic selection of friends. Find out more at cchogan.com
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I love the dragons in this story. They are not your typical fire breathing sort and the author gave them such interesting personalities. The wizard is also not your typical spell casting magician.
Dirt is a little longer than I was expecting so it took me a few days to get through the whole book. Here and there I found a few errors missed in the copy edit but for the most part those did not slow my reading. The book ends with a cliffhanger, which doesn't bother me; I tend to enjoy series' and will read the entire series. I give this a four out of five stars
Mr. Hogan creates an original story. As Farthing embarks on the adventure to rescue his sister, he meets magicians, dragons of many sorts, and fights many battles. I love the fact that Farthing and his companions are not super creatures endowed with super powers. They are normal people making the best of their situations and spurred on by a sense of "family." It is very easy to identify with the characters who, though fantastical, have flawed and endearing qualities.
This is the first book in the Dirt Series, which is the beginning of the Dirt Saga. This is fortunate for us who enjoy these characters on their heroic adventures. As a bonus, the author's website provides maps, histories of the characters, and "anything and everything to do with the world of Dirt." Thus, Mr. Hogan, provides a "Dirt" experience beyond the books. What a wonderful idea!
The only drawback to this book is that it needs editing. I found that the lack of hyphenation between compound nouns and adjectives made for difficult reading. If you can overlook this flaw (the reason I gave the book only four stars), you will enter a fantastical world and captivating story.
CC Hogan somehow created a world that somewhere along the way became my world. It is my world. Familiar. Characters I have known all my life (including some very unique dragons). I have two beautiful sisters that I have to look after (when they are not managing me).
There is a very old/young magician who became a friend, a dragon Be- Elin who sometimes purs for me and a host of other lovable Characters I met along the way to the Bind.
How the heck did I become Johnson Farthing!!
This is an epic fantasy unlike any I have come across before and so immersive I lost myself in this world of Dirt. Wow!
Dirt by C.C. Hogan from the cover looks to be something for middle school aged readers, and while that age group would be able to read it and get something out of it, maybe even pull meaningful lessons about friendship and unity, as an adult there were things that I was able to learn.
Dirt, the country/continent is a very poor country, well let me back up, it is not necessarily a poor country, just the inhabitants of this particular city are poor, and I am dirt poor. The main character Johnson Farthing, or Mr. Farthing is an older teenage boy who is an orphan with his younger sister, Rustina. His sister who works for the prelate, think prince, of the area, was kidnapped along with the Prelate's daughter. Although the prelate doesn't seem to care about his missing daughter, Johnson is frantic in hopes of finding her. Even though he is poor he has friends that are worth more than their weight in gold. He meets a Wizard, who is a drunkard, and then a dragon, like a real, blue and white, Dragon. Oh and this Dragon and the Wizard have a history, and it isn't pretty.
So with the three of them setting out to follow the ship that took his sister, Johnson learns more about himself, about the wizard, and about the complicated history that is prevalent not only in dirt, but between humans and dragons. The story of the crossing on the back of the Dragon is a tale of mystery, humor, racial tensions, and friendship. Once they reach land, and real land, not the islands that are full of dragons, or the one that is uninhabited they find themselves lying to survive, and then telling the truth to save their friends. Oh by the way, along the journey they begin to pick up what could be considered orphans by choice, or by fate. Regardless, by the time they reach what they perceive as their final destination, they have a ragtag group of five, that without each one, their tale would have been much shorter, and probably a lot more painful.
So like I said at the beginning, this story doesn't have the violence, sex, or language that you may find in adult fantasy, but the lessons you learn about friendship, perseverance, and what it means to be family. The kind of family that doesn't require blood, but the desire to put your life on the line for something and someone not yourself. For what looks to be the authors first real series, the world building is wonderful. The author really immerses the reader into dirt and into the lives of Rustina and Farthing. Here is the thing, the author doesn't just immerse you into the continent but also the social conflicts that arise when you have two different species AND different economic entities.
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