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The Dragon Star is epic. Think Game of Thrones (without the dragons) epic. The world building in it is incredibly detailed. Going back to my sci-fi roots, it reminds me of the world Herbert created for the Dune series, and, more contemporarily, the one that Hamilton created for the Void in The Void Trilogy.
The plot outline description above should give you an idea of the scope of the book. What I find incredible, though, is the attention to detail that is demonstrated. There’s an entirely new world created, with new races of beings and a whole new pantheon of gods that interact (or do they?) with the world. The stories in each of the seven arenas all offer a different view of the people of the world of Onaia, and as the plot develops, the stories start to converge. While it is possible to stick with just one arena (through hyperlinks in the Kindle version), I would recommend that you read the book as written – moving from one arena to another. Sure, you’ll miss some of your favorite characters as you read the other arenas, but the actions that occur in those other arenas inevitably affect what’s going on in the others. And frankly, my “favorite” storylines would subside and be replaced by another one. The inclusion of the maps, the cast of characters, and all of the additional material at the end really help flesh out the world. Again: epic!
I think, though, what makes The Dragon Star stand out is the writing. It’s lush without being pretentious. Breedon knows how to tell a story: when to linger on a scene, and when to move on. The story is interesting and moves along at a good clip – which is a must in an epic of this size with as many disparate storylines running through it.
But I want more!! How many more “Episodes” are there? I’m guessing another novel with about 7 more episodes. The good thing about this is that it doesn’t feel like you’ve gotten halfway through a book and then are left hanging. (though there is a revelation at the end that really makes you want the rest of it now!). An earlier reviewer said that they thought that The Dragon Star would be a good movie, but I don’t think a movie would do it justice. I see this as a nice, long mini-series.
Actually, I *do* see the world of Onaia and its people when I read it. And that’s what a good book should do. I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to discover a new world.