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I have been a fan of Brian Godawa’s Chronicles of the Nephilim series since first hearing of them a year or so ago. I was delighted when I saw that Brian was developing a new series, the Chronicles of the Watchers to speculate on the role of fallen angels (Watchers) in other parts of the world, after the fall of the Tower of Babel. His choice of China for his kickoff book was great for me in that I am a long time practitioner of Korean and Chinese martial arts, and have an interest in the mythologies involving some of the larger than life warriors associated with those arts. It was great having a plausible Watcher-based explanation for some of these myths.
The storyline of The Dragon King, includes political intrigue and deception as west met east, monsters, a quest for real dragons, magic and even a cross-culture love story. Those familiar with the Chronicles of the Nephilim series, will find some familiar antagonists. Clearly the Seed War continues into a new venue, with the possibility of salvation in the future. While it would be helpful to have read his other work, this story effectively stands alone. The Dragon King kept me reading from late afternoon until almost dawn the next day. Long, uninterrupted reading times are typical for me whenever I pick up one of Brian’s stories, so I timed the event to coincide with a Friday night and Saturday.
I loved The Dragon King and I recommend it to any who are interested in speculative fiction and especially to those who either have read, or are planning to read Brian’s Chronicles of the Nephilim series. I am looking forward to his next installment whether it is a sequel to this novel or a story that happens in another venue.
This book is a page-turner! I finished it sometime after 1 am one morning.
Here are some of the things that impressed me about the writing;
The author expertly creates a sense of place for each of the locations in the story; there is no sense of 'sameness' when the characters travel from one place to another. The characters are believable as real human beings, complete with idiosyncrasies, character flaws and virtues - there are no placeholders here. The characters, through their actions and interactions, are able to convey some surprisingly deep and resonating truths about human nature. The action was well-described without being tedious, the battle scenes moved along quickly, yet with enough detail to rivet the reader.
Here are some things that impressed me about the story: The descriptions of Greek and Chinese culture matched everything I had already known about each of them (which is not insignificant) - Mr. Godawa has done admirable research for this book. The intriguing blending of the various ancient mythologies/stories was absolutely eye-opening (and caused me to do some research of my own!). The author seamlessly and very plausibly unites several disparate ancient cultures' mythologies/written traditions in a way that has the feel of a key turning in a lock - His ideas here do indeed have what is called ' explanatory power.'
This book was a joy to read and the story kept me riveted until the final page. I heartily recommend it.
ON another note, if you like to try and find typos in books, you won't find many in here, if you find any at all. I was very pleased about that aspect of the book.
I'm looking forward to a cinematic rendition of the tale.