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Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon Kindle Edition
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The book takes place in an alternate Greco-Roman style world where dragons are enslaved for a variety of roles and where dragons can understand human speech yet have no words among their own kind. Stormfall's life takes him through most of these roles and the cruelty "sticks" (humans) can inflict on other living creatures. It's a dark journey with a few bright spots as he encounters sticks that are kinder, one of whom is the "soul-boy" he allows to ride on his back. The narration by a dragon means that a few plot points are never fully explained (what exactly is a soul-boy?) and details can be sparse on the sticks but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. Repetition of key phrases are used to reinforce certain imagery and the cumulative effect really goes into full force in the last 10%, taking you on a flight of imagination and emotion and poetry.
The cover tempted me, the prose hooked me, and it earned 5 stars for making me cry.
I don't give five star ratings easily, this story deserved it.
Stormfall's story begins when he is a baby dragon with a very limited worldview. Over the course of the book, Stormfall's narration becomes increasingly insightful and poignant as he learns from each new, often painful experience. By the end, I think we could all learn something from this wise dragon, especially regarding how we treat our fellow creatures.
Like H. Leighton Dickson's other works, this book features beautiful descriptive passages and masterful world-building. I love how the dragons call humans "sticks," and how there are special humans who can essentially read a dragon's mind. I also love that we got to see the "science" behind how dragons breathe fire - very cool.
The flight scenes are truly breathtaking, each one a rollercoaster ride of death-defying drops and equally nail-biting ascensions. I could feel the wind whipping through my hair every time.
This book really grabs onto the reader's emotions and doesn't let go. Whenever the dragons sang, their music would lift up my soul. And anytime someone snapped a collar around Stormfall's neck, my heart broke right along with his.
Dragon of Ash and Stars is a book about the majesty of wild, untameable things. It is a book about freedom. But most of all, it's a book about Stormfall, a dragon who will live in your heart long after you've turned the last page.
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