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Dragon Fire: Book 2 of the Cael Stone Paperback – October 8, 2013
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This book took a little longer than usual to get and hold my attention, but once it did I couldn't stop reading it. This is a very fast paced and exciting book. Just like others are saying, this book is a bit like Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings and Eragon. They are also saying Harry Potter, but I don't really see it. I know this has dragons and elves, but other than that it really isn't like Harry Potter.
"After learning the Queen of Galia wishes to destroy her, and sent men—including her father’s killer—to Alyria to arrest her, Erynn and her friend, Adena, fled Caraden Castle and set out on a journey to find her birth parents and the Order of the Cael, a group she hopes can help her. Blamed soon after for murdering the King of Alyria, they now find themselves hunted by Alyrians and Galians.
In their race to escape, they find themselves hampered by two things: there are only two bridges out of Alyria and both are heavily guarded—and they have also learned of a Galian plot to kill the Crown Prince of Alyria and the only possible solution to warning him in time lies in the completely opposite direction.
Choosing to save the Crown Prince—and possibly achieve justice for her father at the same time—Erynn sets out west with Adena to try and locate an old friend, who she hopes has the falcon they need to send an important message. Along the way, she discovers more about who she is and why the Queen of Galia wishes to destroy her—and the destiny it seems she may have been born to face." -Goodreads
I thought I would just use their (Goodreads.com) description of the book for a change. I don't even know if I could describe this book, there is just too much to it.
I really like this book, even if I didn't fully know what was going on in the beginning. I liked it so much that I am going to be buying the first one very soon. Word of advice; never read books out of order. It can make things very confusing or very interesting. :)
I highly recommend this to anyone who's interested. It is well worth checking out. It is very interesting, fast paced, plenty of danger, well written. Just a good read all around.
While the first book felt like it ended in the middle of a story, this one at least wraps up one portion of the saga while it still leaves the future wide open! My biggest complaint is simply having to wait for the next book!
1. While the first was an enjoyable read, this one was an example of truly inspired story-crafting. I was shocked to see it had only one review. It deserves more attention.
2. I don't (yet) own this book, so I needed to write my review before the loan expired. (After reading book one and a sample chapter, I was intrigued. But I wasn't prepared to fork over $5.95 for a title still in need of minor edts copy-edits. Halve the price and charge $1.99 for first, and I'd purchase four copies of each, as is, thereby [mostly] satisfying myself and three friends with similar tastes.)
3. Because this book (which tells, admittedly, the BEST story I've read so far this year) is grossly under-reviewed and nearly as over-priced for its present state, I fear the series might disappear soon. That would be a shame.
Ruttan is close to brilliant, but the editor in (not to mention that most of my friends write or edit for a living) won't let me say, "Buy book now!"
I just realised that I failed to actually review the book. (In my defence, it was the middle of the night, and I was writing on my very basic Kindle.)
As I wrote above, Ruttan is close to brilliant, and so is the book.
Exciting and fast-paced, but in no way lacking in depth. The characters are fully drawn, and the plot is intricately woven.
I like the character Erynn, and I do want to see her succeed. I suspect that warning the Crown Prince will prove only the beginning of her tasks, that she will also need to locate her mother, learn to work with a dragon, and of course destroy the Evil Queen. In the meantime, however, unless the title refers to the one bird sitting in the falconry, l do wonder why the author ends this book so abruptly. (I mean, besides wanting to make us buy the next book.)
At any rate, the series appears to have multiple layers, and I like that. I also enjoy most of the twists--though I regret some of the plot-necessary deaths.