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Dragonfly Warrior (The Mechanica Wars) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 21, 2013
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Jay Noel was born in New York, but he lives in Missouri with his family. He received a degree in English from Southeast Missouri State University. Jay has been a prolific blogger for over eight years, and he's a regular contributor to CultureBrats.com and inkPageant.com.
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The world building is well integrated into the story and character plots. It is active, progressive, and utilizes many of the story tropes of multiple genre's. I was just a little overwhelmed by the steampunk technology;I lost a bit of interest in the story when the western/samurai story line gave way to modern artillery, and much of the timelines for the alternate plots did not align, but the characters were complex- hero's and villains alike - and intriguing.
I give this a 4 star rating. While the characters and world building were excellently drawn, and there was enough action and violence to intrigue me, the overuse of modern warfare detracted from the steampunk subgenre. I recommend this book/series to readers who enjoy the Star Wars, Rift War, Indiana Jones, Shannara Chronicles sagas.
You’ll love Noel’s clear and vivid descriptions and the colorful characters will remind you of Jules Verne without any of the old-fashioned writing or ruffled shirts. The fantasy plot describes every detail without being boring and culminates in a gigantic battle at the home of an evil arms dealer. The prince faces challenge after challenge and finds disappointment where he had hoped to find honor. Who will break the samurai code and what happens with the ‘Sacred Quest’? Put on your leather wrapped goggles and get set for an adventure that will leave you steaming ahead for more!
With big-screen style settings, fast-paced action and brilliant dialogue, the mere act of reading Dragonfly Warrior, will make you feel like you’re at the movies!
My point then is I was prepared not to like this book, but I did. Since I haven't read any steampunk before what it actually reminded me of is Star Wars. Zen is like a Jedi in that he has a sword and a mystical ability that helps him fight. When he goes in search of the "Sky Sword" he meets a scoundrel who also happens to own a very fast ship--sound familiar? And then they meet a a woman who's very tough and capable--but does not turn out to be Zen's sister.
Thinking of it that way probably helped and also I don't think it took the steampunk to ridiculous extremes. Not like for instance "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" where they had a fleet of SHIELD helicarriers in the mid-30s. Say whaaaat? Although there was (briefly) a mechanical spider thing most of the technology like airships and cars were plausible in the late 19th Century as there were already hot air balloons, rudimentary cars, and even at least one crude submarine in the Civil War.
Besides Star Wars I suppose it plays out like one of those fantasy books where there's a party on a quest. It just so happens instead of fighting dragons and wizards they're after the "Machine Boy" who to use another Star Wars reference reminded me of young Anakin Skywalker, though less annoying because he didn't go around asking teenage girls if they were angels.
Anyway, it's a fast-paced, action-packed read that's written very well. There's nothing to dislike, even for someone who doesn't like steampunk. I'm looking forward to the next book.
That is all.
However, I found lots of typos or downright errors and for me the story dragged. The author tells me no-one else has complained of the slowness of the pace so maybe it was me.There were also at least a couple of occasions when I, as the reader, knew something and couldn't comprehend how the characters had come by the information. I will, in all likelihood, read the sequels.