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That is how I stumbled upon this amazing specimen. I paid $0.99, read the first chapter, and was hooked. I finished it within three days, and by the end I was sure I would have bought this book if it cost me $12.00 or more. (I'll admit, I'm cheap and honest.)
The story is from a dragon's perspective. It is also a very well thought out and developed story, as it does have twists and turns, and I enjoy the surprises as they come. And as I think this is important to say, the ending left me satisfied and happy. A wonderful, almost poetic book at times.
I must protest Amazon's one-size-fits all forcing of checking boxes to describe a book before allowing a reader to post a review. As a reader, it's insulting to think their one-dimensional tags can replace a reader's viewpoint or what a reader finds appealing enough about a story to write a review over.
This story is the purest of fantasy, with human interaction, but it is not a human tale. It is beautiful and moving, thrilling, terrifying. Though dragons aren't portrayed in any way as perfect, humans, where they interact with dragons, come off as vicious and vindictive in the aggregate, although individually, some are kind and honorable. I was utterly enthralled, reading late into the night, finally finishing the following morning. This is a keeper, I definitely mean to re-read it.
As with all my reviews, I do not like to tell you the story or give any of the story's arc away. That takes the fun out of if for you. But I will tell you what I did find about this story that I loved.
From the very beginning, I was intrigued with the dragon and how he perceived himself. As his world got larger his perceptions changed. I cared what happened to this dragon right away and throughout the whole book. Each and every experience shaped him and changed him profoundly. Some positively and others negatively. But this is true even for us and our everyday lives. Yet, that is what makes this fantasy so real and made this dragon so very real. The descriptions of the environment, emotions, living conditions, all of it brings you right into the story. I was very much a part of it and not an outsider looking in.
I know I could not put this book down and even when I did I could not stop thinking about it. Once again I have a new author to follow and look forward to more of her books. I enjoyed this novel. It was refreshing to have the story all in one book instead of a series.
I don't give five star ratings easily, this story deserved it.
This is one of the best dragon fantasy stories I've read. I think the only thing I didn't care for was the middle quarter or so was incredibly reminiscent of Black Beauty. However, after a sequence of events, the book felt original again. The culture of the world was well thought out, the characters interesting and understandable, and the plot intriguing.