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Dragon Fire by [Alvarez, Pedro L.]
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"Fast-paced action. Thrilling fight scenes. Romance, dashing knights, pretty princesses...everything you'd expect from a fantasy tale, with none of the cliches. [The author] seamlessly blends together elements of magic, mystery, romance, action and adventure into one perfect tapestry to create a story that went places I didn't expect. ...Dragon Fire is a beautifully-written, completely captivating novel." - Jade Varden, author of the Deck of Lies series.

"This fantastic story flows seamlessly like a waterfall in paradise. It is colorful, refreshing, and every bit as powerful ... Alvarez takes you on a journey from which you will never want to come back. Rugged and sensitive, something here for both sexes. Once opened, this book reads itself to you." - Marty Priest, author of Earth Champion

"[Dragon Fire] has a spell binding plot and excellent characterization. The writer manages to weave a love story into a suspense novel and does so with strong characters and plotting." - Jacqueline L. Hines, author of Inheritance From a Stranger.   

"Dragon Fire is serious writing... captures the reader's imagination with well developed characters and excellent delivery of dialogue." - David J. Dove, author of EverDawn

"If you like strong-willed female protagonists who overcome overwhelming odds, is calm, capable, and courageous... (she's like Joan of Arc - but better), you'll like this book." - Fate, Amazon Book Reviewer

About the Author

Pedro L. Alvarez is a Cuban-born writer who immigrated with his parents to the United States at the age of 8. He grew up in West New York, NJ where he first discovered the joys of reading and writing short stories. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1696 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1470130777
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SBC58A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It seems I must be the dissenting opinion. I read the other glowing reviews of this book and wonder. Maybe I have an earlier version (March 15th, 2012) and the reviews were written about a newly edited version that I haven't seen? Maybe there's something else I don't understand? If this was written by someone in early college or high school, it is an awesome book, but to take its place beside professional fantasy novels, it needs some attention from a talented editor experienced in content editing, line editing, and copy editing, and maybe even a little consistency checking.

The story is wonderful. The author's imagination is fresh and vibrant. The characters are done well. The plot and action are also done well with a few places that are truly fresh and surprising. I would never use the word "formula" to describe this fantasy book.

There are some passages that are truly beautifully written, but then there are lots of others that make my teeth grind, especially when the word choice is just plain discordant. That's when I put the book down and go read something else for a while. It's a beautiful story that would benefit from some general cleaning up that an editor's eye could bring to it.

I find myself very conflicted about my opinion of the book. On the one hand, I couldn't wait for it to be over so I would cease to come across those messed up passages, but on the other hand, I couldn't just stop reading because I had come to care about the characters and the land of Paraysia enough that I had to know how it ended.

All in all, it wasn't a very enjoyable reading experience, but the imagery and ideas were impressive.
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Pedro L. Alvarez has done a great job of holding the reader's attention throughout this amazing story. Dragon Fire is well written, has a spell binding plot and excellent characterization. The ambitious Delcan strives to become far more than just a farmer's son. He sets his sights high and in the process, falls in love with Princess Aria. The writer manages to weave a love story into a suspense novel and does so with strong characters and plotting. Well written, good story. I gave this one five stars.
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Let me disagree with those that say the characterization is well done. I thought the main character (Delcan) was pretty much worthless and found myself frustrated with him throughout most of the story. As far as a love story, the princess and Delcan seem to fall in love after talking once or twice without any real development in their relationship (felt very forced to me and not really believable). There is a prophecy that is spoken of often, but it doesn't really come to pass as you would expect, so you wonder why the author wasted so much time with it. There is talk of gods that once watched over the land, but this too seems to be a red herring and is never expanded upon. The whole key thing didn't really get explained very well at the end and was pointless in my opinion. This is a stand alone novel, maybe if it was a 2 or 3 book series, it could have been developed better, as a lot of plot threads were introduced but never completed. The author has potential, but I wouldn't recommend this book.
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The book was very well-written and had a nice flow that didn't have the story getting bogged down in any one spot. The world-building could have used some work; you really don't know anything about the area outside the kingdom, how things came to be, or get any explanation regarding magic, religion, otherworldly creatures, etc. that crop up. But, all in all, it was a fast-paced adventure packed with treachery, rebellion, revenge, and all that good stuff.

The product description is a little misleading. Delcan is 'a' protagonist, but makes no worthwhile contribution to the story and is all around useless. It is clear after the half dozen times our 'hero' faints in the princess's arms that Aria is the one the author spent all his time on. If you like strong-willed female protagonists who overcome overwhelming odds, is calm, capable, and courageous and an apparent strategic military genius to boot (she's like Joan of Arc- but better), you'll like this book.
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I found Dragon Fire to be mediocre in both plot and characterization. All the characters were 2-dimensional, either entirely good (if occasionally stupid) or entirely bad. In addition, I found the geography of the kingdom to be totally unbelievable: An island so small that two boys on foot get from their 'totally isolated' village to the main citadel in 2 days? On foot? And yet the bad guys haven't figured out where their biggest enemy is hiding-in-plain-sight in 30 years?

Nothing original in the magic, in the love story or in the background. I kept hoping there would be something important in the weird forest or even in the magician/dragon, but it ended as formula-driven as it started.
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Full disclosure, the author is a good friend of mine.

Pedro gave me the first few chapters of this book several years ago. Since then I have relentlessly pestered him to finish the book. After numerous rewrites and quite a number of years, I was thrilled that the book was published. (Particularly because it meant I could FINALLY read past chapter 35).

The story started off straight forward enough, and you can almost see the end in chapter 1... Two young men embark on a journey to save the world. But that's not quite how the story plays out. I enjoyed being surprised by the little twist Pedro put on the typical fantasy novel.
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