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Dragon's Curse (The Dragon and the Scholar Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- The story has some cool twists.
- The characters are reasonably well-developed. Most of the time, they're even lovable. Sometimes the attitude of a character or two will get tiresome, but I suppose that lends to credibility because even the nicest people can be occasionally exasperating.
- There are occasional curse words in oddly casual uses that made me raise an eyebrow because otherwise it's perfectly suitable for MG. I'd still say it's mostly suitable for kids, but I guess that depends on how strict people's no cursing bans are.
- Although I would definitely classify this as a fantasy story, there are elements of mystery, romance, and adventure.
- The big twist may or may not be predictable but it's satisfying nonetheless.
- The plot moves pretty quickly. Shannon and Ewan are probably the most well-fleshed out characters. Martin's a tad flat, but he fulfills the role of friend, mentor, foil, pretty well.
Conclusion: Excellent start to what's sure to be a wonderful series.
Let's not kid ourselves this book is staggeringly stupid. And, really? Once you have your expectations lowered be prepared to enjoy it. The main character Shannon is, as far as female protagonists in a romance novel go, thankfully savvy and clever. She's explicitly stated to be a feminist, but I felt the book went out of it's way to stress how feminist she was. As a reader, you'll find yourself agreeing with her and concurring with her opinions often. Shannon is thoroughly likeable, but when the only other woman in the book is this psychotic evil saucy minx, it feels as if the book goes out of it's way to MAKE her likeable.
This was a breezy read on a lazy afternoon and for all it's faults was a great distraction with a nice protagonist and a believable romance. Although I feel the author's use of tropes and female characters still exist in the Middle Ages.
This is just an honestly beautiful story, in fact it reads a lot like a fairy tale of the Princess Bride variety. Okay, it's completely different from the Princess Bride(don't hurt me die-hard fans!), but it has that sort of flow if you know what I mean. I feel like this story would appeal to a wide variety of readers, of most ages from young teens to adults. I also feel like fans of some romance, science fiction/fantasy, and(of course) dragons in general, will really love this book.
I really liked the dragon in this book--that's all I'm going to say! I've tried and tried to come up with a way to mention all my favorite parts without giving the story away and I just don't think I can do it so I'll just say this--if you're looking for a great book to read, one with great characters, a well developed setting and a writing style that keeps those pages turning so fast you're at risk of a paper cut then Dragon's Curse is the book for you!
*I received this book for review from the author, but this in no way affected my opinions as expressed in this review.*
Edmond has been badly burned and poisoned by dragons. See, his brother got eaten up by a dragon, leading to the death of his dad. Edmond tried to kill the dragon in question, but this became a campaign against all dragons. Which worked fine until he got chewed up.
A dragon comes to live on a nearby mountain, and Edmond froths at it, but he’s too sick to do anything about it. Shannon, however, is fascinated. But she’s also being stalked by one of those puffed up jock-type knights that we all love to hate, and he tells the king that he’ll kill the dragon if the king will give him Shannon for a bride.
Seeing as this is horrible and awful, Shannon goes to the dragon to warn it off. Except the dragon is just as smart as she is, and snarky, and funny, and lonely, and likes for her to read him books. After the dragon defeats the knight, she does just that … and we begin to suspect that there’s more to this dragon than meets the eye.
This book is kind of like The Enchanted Forest Chronicles for a YA audience. (You know, Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, etc. by Patricia C. Wrede). I say an older audience because of the insinuation of what the knight wants to do to Shannon, and the growing romance between her and the dragon. (The final book is called Dragon’s Bride. We can kind of see where this is going.)
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