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The Dragon Within Paperback – June 25, 2014
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About the Author
"Melody Jackson is an author and lover of all things geek, especially anything related to Doctor Who. She lives in the unbearably hot state of Arizona, (at least it's a dry heat) with her crazy family, as well as a menagerie of animals that includes her four siblings, two cats, and one grumpy chinchilla."
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The second complaint is the same one I have for most books any more where there is inter-personal relationships, one or more of the characters do not want to be forthright with the others. This faked, self imposed drama gets old very quickly. Telling each other half truths, lies and withholding information is really cliched. Tell the truth and then let the two duke it out with either fists, pistols at ten paces or kiss and make up.
World building was moderately good, but there was not nearly enough background information to make me really want to care about what happened to them. The only exception to that was Treya. Her predicament is unique. Unfortunately, she's kept so far in the background once she's introduced that reading onward waiting for her to re-appear is too much of a chore.
A suggestion to the author for the sequel for this book. Chapter breaks should be a hard page break, starting off with CHAPTER XXX. If you want to put in quotes, one or two font sizes larger than what you normally would use, no change in color, and either Italicize them or enclose them in quotes. Two hard returns, and then start your chapter text. You have to format so it's compatible with the most basic devices in use.
This was an awesome book! I loved it! There were some confusing bits near the beginning, but they were fairly easy to push through. The characters were extremely enjoyable and the world was well-developed.
There was no map in the front of the book, unfortunately, but that has nothing to do with the story, really. It's just a nice thing to add when you're a fantasy author.
The story may have been slightly improved with one more round of editing, since there were a couple of typos that were missed, but all in all an awesome book and a book that I would read over and over again.
I can't wait to read the sequel.
Thank you, Melody Jackson, for this free book to review!
What I liked:
1. The Christian aspect, although it only started near the end.
2. How certain characters realize that there are bad parts to us all, but we can't let them rule us.
3. How in the author's note, Melody makes the point that none of her characters are the chosen ones or whatever. I love Harry Potter, but honestly, there's only one person "chosen" to do good in the world? Isn't everybody? So I really appreciated how most of the characters were ordinary mortals.
4. The cover, title, and general idea. I have begun to love dragons!
What I didn't like:
1. As I said, I am not a pacifist. If someone is trying to kill you, it is morally acceptable to kill them in self defense. Toran and Kaena, however, didn't believe that. I ended up with an image of the bad guys as zombies, since they never died.
2. The plot holes, mostly around Treya. If she's half dragon, why are her parents human? Why is she called a queen, when she was a slave? How did she become a slave, if she wasn't born into it?
3. Jardan. Enough said.
Actually, I'll expand on that. ;) He continually betrays Kaena, and not only while he's possessed. There are times before that when he'd be relieved to know that she was okay, but then remind himself to tell Mavet all about her whereabouts. Jerk.
4. Everyone's writing style improves with time and practice. I think The Dragon Within needed a little longer to grow into its full potential.
Would I read other books by Melody Jackson? Absolutely. I know her voice, just like all writers, will develop with time. I can't wait to see where she goes with hers. :)
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