- File Size: 728 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publication Date: December 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DEVF6UG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Disk Of Dragons (Saga Of Sinnesemota Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I found Rev easy to relate to. He’s a human in a world that doesn’t care much for our kind. There are also Orcens, reptile people, which are one of my favorite fantasy humanoids. There are also Chisen, cockroach people. I’ll admit that picturing them gave me the creeps a little. Plus there are other creatures like vampyren and goblens in this fantasy world to add elements of pure evil. I enjoyed the histories given at the beginning of each chapter. They added depth and immersion to the world.
My favorite character was Gabryel. She’s strong and feisty, and I enjoyed most of her scenes throughout the story, and her involvement in the Order of Grey Women. Rev is an awkward schoolboy when it comes to this fantasy vixen. I also enjoyed the magic system and the poetic language style that appears in several of the passages.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
I adore fantasy novels. When I was offered he chance to review Disk of Dragons, it jumped to the top of my list of books to read. Johnson's world is one of the most curious and creative I've found in fantasy in a long time. Writing a human character as a minority struck me as odd at first but the more I read and the deeper I entrenched myself in the universe of this book, the more sense it made!
I did struggle to read past some grammatical and punctuation errors, but as a writer myself I'm somewhat more meticulous than the average reader regarding commas and semicolons. I don't think it detracts from the overall story and I would definitely recommend this story to any looking for an engaging read.
Johnson has crafted a world of different races that have different ethnicities within them, which is something you don't often see in fantasy. The reptilian people are not all alike, the insectoid race has different factions and nations, and interestingly, humans are the outsiders in this particular book's setting. This is one of the book's better qualities, lending the reader a sense of uncertainty and wonder to match that of the protagonist as he navigates this foreign land.
There's some great history woven in with little snippets at the start of the chapters, and some short, internal monologues that are beautifully poetic at times. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire book:
"What is the fury of a righteous man? Those who commit evil always have some niggling uncertainty, an unquenchable fear they are in the wrong and must someday pay, but the righteous man has no such doubts, and slices through his foes like a sword splits twine. The heart of shi is directing the will with certainty."
This book has some very colorful and enjoyable characters (Skarii was one of my favorites, as little as she is actually in the book), but one of my issues with it is that the main character isn't one of them. I found him frustrating most of the time, repeating the same dumb mistake over and over. Much of the time, he felt like a pawn of powers and events, rather than a catalyst or problem-solver. I expected, after a time, that he would stand up and sort of take charge of things, but despite flashes of leadership and altruism, it never really happened on a consistent basis.
As far as the plot, overall it's pretty good, but there are some plot points that just don't seem to add up, and others that get resolved "off-screen" or as an afterthought, which at times makes the resolutions feel forced. Some of this goes back to the main character seeming like a pawn of other powers, almost like he could only bring to pass things they wanted to. In other scenarios, it felt like things were forgotten, so they were tied up with a bow after the fact. The main story is woven around a murder mystery that the main character must solve, but at times, the investigation just completely falls by the wayside and becomes an afterthought. In the end, the passage of time seems to be the biggest problem with the story; if the timeline were tightened up, other things would follow suit, and this would be a much stronger and more enjoyable tale.
All in all, the bones of a good fantasy story are here, but they don't quite feel like they've been assembled perfectly. But there is promise here that could be fulfilled in further works down the line.