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This is the story of an orphan adopted into the royal family. Of an evil man with a secret bent on taking over the throne. Of a dragonet with the courage of an ancient dragon. Of a dragon who defies rules and taboos. Of an order of warrior monks who train a royal ward. A story of abuse, longing, tragedy, courage, danger, love, and magic. It was witty with many pages making me laugh out loud. It was scary with many pages making me wish they'd get the battles over with and hope my favorites are still alive and well. It was sad with pages that made me weep for all that was suffered and lost. It was hopeful with pages that made me glad to see bonds of friendship formed, tried to be true, and strengthen.
The mystery behind Lia is slow in unraveling but by no means is it a drag. The story is equal parts heart-stopping and slow-moving. And the Dragons! Such complexity to them! Everything from their color to their magic to their mannerism even their anatomy is in this story and I loved every minute of it.
I will not give away any spoilers. I will say the writing is superb! The story is epic! There are no one-dimensional "main" characters. You'll love this story. And I purchasing the second book as soon as I hit "submit" on this review
Boy, was I WRONG! What a fresh, new, interesting, intriguing, lush, scary, beautiful world Marc Secchia has built here. I almost could not put this book down from beginning to end. Real, deep, intense characters that you cannot help but love from the heroine to the dragons. No one is perfect or all powerful, but everyone is sure trying hard. Well, but the bad guys who are - BAD. But wait, maybe...
Well, I don't want to spoil it for anyone. But trust me - this is a great book if you loved fantasy and dragons once, but got tired of the retreads. Here, at last, is something rich and new and wonderful.
The plot is fairly standard for fantasy, but the focus is on the characters. Specifically, the relationships between Lia and her dragon friends. This was a really fun read that I completely enjoyed.
Secchia has created a rich world with a nice take on dragons here. The dragons aren't the traditional evil, nor the modern super-friendly, but instead have a complex society of their own. It was really fun spending time with them, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
If there was one flaw, it was with the plotting. It does move a little slowly. I don't mind this, because the book is character driven, and most of the time is spent developing and exploring relationships. I love books like this when it's done right, and Dragonfriend does it very well. There are a few fight scenes to keep the political plot and mystery surrounding Lia going, but, if you're expecting action packed, it's not.
Four stars, easy. Possibly five if the next books in the series are just as good or better.
Dragonriders of Pern wishes it could be this good.
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