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- Publisher: 80 Pages, Inc (August 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B014759IZG
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Dragonlands Omnibus: Hidden, Hunted, Retribution, Desolation, and Reckoning Kindle Edition
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The children of Hutton’s Bridge wake up one morning to discover that all their parents and other adults are missing, and their town is surrounded by impenetrable fog. Eighty years later the last of those children dies just before sending her great-granddaughter into the fog to hopefully discover how to lift it and free the townspeople from its tyranny. But the world Tressa and her friends Bastian and Connor find when they are able to make their way through the fog is worse in many ways. They encounter an evil ruler and work to defeat her. They encounter danger and treachery and are separated and changed. All is not as it seems.
This volume could be read as a stand-alone story, but you would be missing so much.
Tressa meets dragons of all colors – yellow, green, red, and black. The yellow dragons do their best to torture her to death. Her father and the other adults of Hutton’s Bridge have been turned into red dragons and try to make her one of them. The green dragons she meets are children who help her escape from the yellow dragons. And the black dragons appear to help in the fight with the red dragons. Meanwhile, Bastian is healed of the wounds he received fighting Stacia, the evil ruler of the blue dragons and forms a connection with his healer. They find Connor in the cave where he has hidden the blue dragon eggs and try to protect the dragon eggs and the baby dragon that has hatched from one of them.
There is still more treachery in this episode, and though some things are explained, many more questions are uncovered. In this case, it is better to have read Hidden first, and you will definitely want to move on to Retribution to find out more.
The dragon eggs are stolen. Tressa goes with the black dragon, Fi, to the Charred Barrens and is turned into a black dragon. Bastian, Connor,
Elinor the healer, and Jarrett, Tressa’s friend from the Black Guard who has been helping her in her quests, journey to the Isle of Repose where they meet an evil creature known as The Keeper, who turns Jarrett into his thrall and uses him to try to destroy the dragons. He begins by destroying all but one of the blue dragon eggs.
There is a big dragon battle where the black and green dragons form an alliance to fight the red dragons. Jarrett attacks them all. Bastian is killed. Tressa stomps Jarrett, but he is still not definitely killed. Tressa takes off after the Red Queen to find out why she is attacking the other dragons.
The Red Queen claims to have been looking for Tressa all along to be her heir and takes her to a deep dungeon beneath the Red Castle where there is a major demonic creature trying to break through from the land of Desolation beyond the mountains that border the Dragonlands. It turns out that the reason everybody has been so desperate for the honey from Hutton’s Bridge has to do with keeping this demon under control. They are on the verge of running out.
By this time the treachery and deceptions are at least hip deep. You don’t want to stop here.
The mysterious gray-cloaked man named Donovan who has been appearing intermittently throughout the series steps forward and claims that if he can just take Fi to Desolation they can somehow defeat the demon Decarion and save the Dragonlands. Tressa insists on going along. Donovan insists on draining blood from them so they can’t change into their dragons, promising them that when they return to the Dragonlands, all they have to do will be to drink some dragon blood in order to change back again. It is all a major hoax on his part. He gets Tressa to free the adults he lured out of Hutton’s Bridge eighty years ago and turned to stone. Just why is not clear, except that their cries have been irritating him. It turns out that they are ghost dragons.
Somewhere in this adventure, Tressa turns back into a dragon again despite supposedly having lost that ability. When they set out to return to the Dragonlands, she cannot change back into her human form so she cannot fit into the portal they came from. Donovan takes Fi through the portal and suggests that Tressa try flying over the mountains. Tressa nearly dies trying.
Meanwhile, the green dragons pick up Bastian’s body off of the battlefield on the Isle of Repose and bring him back as a green dragon. They want him for their warlord.
Meanwhile, Decarion is just about to break through into the Dragonlands. But Connor thinks of a plan he thinks will get rid of him.
Nobody is out of the woods yet. Keep reading.
As Donovan comes nearer and nearer to unleashing his minions on the Dragonlands, Tressa tries to enlist the aid of all the dragon communities again. But they all want either to escape or to hide, or they have already been reduced to almost nothing. Just when she fears she will have to fight Donovan single-handed, she suddenly discovers the ancient Vulture’s Tower, which is magically hidden until they are desperately needed.
This is the final battle for the Dragonlands, and it will decide whether the dragons and their people will be able to live as free people, or whether the whole place will be forever in Donovan’s evil power.
hope to read her other works as she develops as a writer and see a vast improvement because the talent is there.
The dialogue and travels to each realm was enough to keep me hooked. I had to know where they were going next.
Unfortunately, I found the entire series lacking in the following:
1. All of the fight scenes felt rushed with more telling than showing.
2. Scenes were sometimes jagged as the motions of the characters were left out. It was quite jarring that someone would be talking to someone in the inn and in the next paragraph are somehow talking to someone else in another building altogether. That was really annoying.
3. A cohesive back story explaining why there were five different cultures of dragon would have been very nice. That being missing left a huge hole for me. A prequel series could clear that up. Just an idea...
4. How did the dragons become so numerous? I can't explain why I ask this question without spoilers, so I won't. Again, prequel series could clear that up, too.
5. His did this magical realm actually work to have the Desolation to the east, and a previously unknown continent to the west? Did that western continent also have magical properties?
I could go on, but I won't. I was really expecting something truly epic because of the reviews and the fact that its listed that she is a USA Today Bestseller.
I might try more of her novels in the future. We'll see.
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