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Dragon Fate (War of the Blades Book 1) by [Hallowell, J.D.]
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"...masterfully blends traditional fantasy with a somewhat more modern writing style. The worlds, the characters, and the plots were well defined, well developed, and creatively imagined. It was a wonderful read that you're not going to want to miss!" - Indie Review magazine, March 2013 issue

About the Author

J.D. Hallowell, author of the internationally-bestselling epic fantasy novels, Dragon Fate and Dragon Blade, writes fantasy and science fiction. He lives on the Space Coast of Florida with his wife, his son, and his Great Dane service dog.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1031 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Smithcraft Press (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OT9IKO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,166 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This novel is a breath of fresh air. It is a moderately paced easy to read story that kept me enthralled throughout the entire book ( for the second time). The sound writing seamlessly moved between descriptive and conversational styles, where the characters were a mixture of heroes, villains , dragons, beasts, other unusual fantasy fanfare but with a uniqueness that added depth, colour & humour creating a truly rich often laugh out loud enjoyable story line. Well done Mr Hallowell, I love the series so far. Highly recommend for reading 5++.
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Well written and engaging characters. If you love books with dragons, don't hesitate to read both books. I couldn't put it down and soon as I finished this one I jumped right on the sequel. Books written for any age. I say that because I've just recently in the last year started reading fantasy novels at the age of 55 and have been lucky to pick the best of them so far. And this series is one of the very best by far.
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I have to say at first I thought this was going to be a little boring. Then I got caught up in the adventure of the story. I rarely read a book that makes me want to run to the next adventure. Some make you want to read but this one makes me hunt for and get the next one. The characters and the world seem to be bound by fate and rule with guile. I love it. Truly a excellent story.
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I wonder if it is possible to have slice-of-life fantasy (or fantasy slice-of-life). Either way, that is essentially what this book is. A man stumbles upon a dragon and then goes on his merry way, eating, drinking, traveling, camping, occasionally talking to people, and learning about the care and upkeep of a dragon. It rolls along this peaceful path for a good 80% of the book (and I read it on a Kindle so it was actually 80%, as opposed to a generic long time expressed as 80%).

The anatomy, social and biological requirements, etc of the dragons was incredibly well thought out and detailed. The reader, along with Delno, learns a lot about dragons, how to be a good person, and even a little basic physics (though it's not termed that of course). I enjoyed that....or I did after I stopped waiting for it to turn into an action adventure along the lines of Eragon and accepted that Delno and Geneva's relatively peaceful daily life was the story. There was a little adventure in the last 20% of the book, but I thought it almost felt tacked on. Delno had an answer to every challenge, everything went according to plan, and with one notable exception he only met trustworthy friends who were more than willing to defer to his authority. There was never any sense that he was even taxed by anything he encountered. He was a little too perfect in every way for that. Oddly, though, since I had by that time decided that his actions were important more as an example of a moral existence than as a series of events I wasn't too bothered by his glittering perfection.

The writing was very descriptive. If you enjoy your fantasy a little more on the philosophical side this is the book for you. If you're looking for a heart stopping grand adventure this one might present a bit of a challenge.
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I enjoyed both books tremendously. I loved the detail on dragon lore and care. I also greatly appreciate books that do not have cliff hanger endings. I read them both in one weekend. My only complaint is there are no more books to read.
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I really like books that contain som piece of magic and dragons. When I started reading my first thoughts were Eragon, but when I got a few pages further I realised it was so much more. Very much more. I don't want to say much about the book, only thing is, if you like well written books containing dragons, magic, action and romance, get this one and move to the sequel when u're done ;) No regrets.
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Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell follows the exploits of Delno Okonan, an army lieutenant looking for something more in life. Trying to escape the political pressures of the city, Delno climbs a nearby mountain and finds himself face to face with a dragon. Fate intervenes and intertwines Delno's life with that of the young dragon hatchling Geneva. The bulk of this book revolves around Delno adjusting to having a dragon around and to being able to use magic since magic is frowned upon in the northern kingdoms.

J.D. Hallowell's Dragon Fate!

Dragon Fate is a new take on the dragon rider fantasy stories. Not as gritty as say Bazil Broketail but more enjoyable (in my opinion) than Pern (before you fuss at me, know that I love Anne McCaffery. I just didn't particularly like her Pern books. I enjoyed her Tower and Hive books much more.).The interplay between Delno and Geneva is truly what drives this book and keeps it from dragging.

This is a fantasy that is centered around the growth of the main characters. The external conflicts serve to foster and illustrate that growth. I found all the characters to be engaging and surprisingly not predictable. I have to admit to being completely sure that one of the first characters that you met that is central to Delno was going to betray him at some point because isn't that what happens in every fantasy book ever? I was pleasantly surprised when he didn't betray the main character but have a sneaky suspicion that the author is just setting you up for a greater betrayal in later books.

The characters are written in such a way that you truly do care for them (even the villain...okay maybe not the villain but definitely his dragon). The plot twist toward the end of the book shouldn't have surprised me but it did.
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