Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon Kindle Edition
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From the Author
- ASIN : B01J4ZD684
- Publisher : Working Tiger (July 26, 2016)
- Publication date : July 26, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3533 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #346,231 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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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.
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.
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.
In the country of Remus, a rare black dragon is born in the wild, catching fish and vainly preening over his unique appearance. His life of freedom is cut short, however, when he's captured by humans (whom he calls "sticks") and put to work as a fishing dragon. At first railing against his captivity, he eventually befriends a slave boy named Rue, and admires the mighty Dragon Flights, dragons and riders who defend the land of Remus. As the black dragon changes owners and names over the years, going from plow dragon to carriage dragon to fighting dragon, he dreams of reuniting with Rue and joining the Flights... but destiny has other plans in store for him, and soon he must decide how far he is willing to go in fighting a war that spells only destruction and slavery for his kind...
The writing in this book is serviceable, even decent, but not masterful. There are a number of grammatical issues and sentence fragments, and quite a bit of repetition. But the story itself is a surprisingly epic one, a tale of a creature seen as a beast and property by humankind but with his own dreams and desires. There are a number of parallels between this book and "Black Beauty," in my mind, but not so much that this book seems like a ripoff. Indeed, the Roman-esque world the author has crafted and the unique aspects of dragon physiology and culture, as well as the dragon's journey, struggles, and triumphs, make for an original and captivating story.
The dragon himself, who goes by many names over the course of the book, is a fascinating character. He can be vain and arrogant at times, but at least he acknowledges these faults in his narration, and sees actual consequences for his mistakes and arrogant behavior. His growth over the course of the novel is both painful and compelling to read, and I couldn't help but cringe at his struggles... and cheer at his triumphs. The human characters are a little flatter in comparison, and some seem so cruel towards their draconic charges that it's ridiculous, but I did like the character of Rue (even if I'm still not clear on what a "soul boy" is), and found his journey an interesting one as well.
While it has its flaws, "Dragon of Ash and Stars" is still an excellent fantasy novel, with a compelling story about a dragon and his place in his world... and his journey towards finding his own destiny. And while this book stands nicely on its own, I would love to see more stories in Remus, especially about its magnificent dragons.
Top reviews from other countries
If you’ve read Black Beauty, you’ll spot similarities between the plots. Both books describe human cruelty towards animals. Although there are acts of human kindness, the book can be an uncomfortable read. Some readers have described Dragon of Ash & Stars as depressing. It can be, but this is a story about resilience and the struggle against losing one’s sense of self.
Since a dragon is telling his story, Stormfall’s narration takes a little getting used to. Stick with it, persist through the pain and humiliation Stormfall endures and shrug away a convenient coincidence that occurs in the final third of the story. If you do, you’ll be rewarded with a satisfying conclusion.
Set in a world which is both like and unlike ancient Rome and Greece, dragons are found both wild and domesticated-or should that be enslaved? We follow Stormfall -or Snake -or Warblood-or any of his other names - through many places and situations, thoroughly engrossed in his life.
The book is extremely well written and the characters remain consistent throughout, with believable growth and motivation. The draconic mind is unlike the human one, but is nonetheless intelligent and relatable.
I am so glad I read this book. Happy ending? Well let's just say it wasn't what I was expecting! Buy it. Now.
I would recommend this to any dragon fanatics such as myself. It is fun, fast and the ending might leave you a little bit weepy…
My rating: 3/5 stars
Dragon was very unusual , the characterisation was excellent and the way the humans behaved was diabolical it was sad his rider was killed but the
reader was surely on the side of t h e Dragons