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I give this book five stars. It's a classic fantasy read where good versus a great evil. The author didn't give any secrets away, and the plot is thick and filled with surprises. There's a lot of action, and I don't believe this story was lacking in any way. I can highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy reads.
As for my clean rating, I am very impressed with the writing of this author. Although there is death that is to be expected from an epic fantasy, there are no curse words or sexual content-not even kissing. This book is clean enough for middle grade children, yet it's perfect for adults also. It's an adventure you won't outgrow.
If you love stories involving magic and dragons, then I suggest you give it a try. I'm a *cough* older woman, yet I highly enjoyed this book.
Fifteen year old Kira and her father had lived happily but quietly together from when she was very young. On the day their lives were to change forever, they were at the market place. Ifor Goran (Kira's father) was talking to his friend, Dr Jan Hingel when suddenly a cart appeared, being pulled at speed by an out-of-control horse. In its path was a young child, in terrible danger. When Kira opened her eyes again, the child was in his mother's arms, and Dr Hingel looked shocked and pale...not by the almost accident but by what his friend Ifor had just done.
As Kira and her beloved father hurried to put the town behind them, she was confused. Her father was frantic but wouldn't tell her what was wrong. When they were suddenly surrounded by soldiers, her father arrested for breaking the oath and he was taken away, her devastation was complete.
Living with Dr Hingel and his wife, Kira couldn't stop thinking about her father and his days in the horrible prison where no-one escaped. When she overheard one of her father's students, Arun, talking about going to the prison, she decided to join him. She wouldn't be dissuaded, and the ensuing horrors, encounters with dragons, with evil wizards and the Lord High Councillor had her courage and determination tested to its limit.
Would she be able to save her father from the arrogant and evil Apharis? Was she strong enough to overcome her greatest fear?
The action in this book is full-on from the very first page. The characters are well developed and extremely likeable. Even the dragons have characteristics of their own. I used to think I wasn't a fantasy-lover....until I read Katie Stewart's books! Highly recommended.
Following the death of her mother when she was very young, Kira, the young storyteller has been brought up quietly by her adored father without knowing that her father is a wizard banned from using magic following his role in a man's death. When he inadvertently uses magic to save a child's life he is sentenced to death and Kira's life is turned upside down. Kira sets out to somehow rescue her father and seek help to overthrow the evil wizard Apharis who seeks to control the Council and turn her country back into one ruled by Wizards. A nicely paced story with a good strong plot and plenty of action (and wonderful dragons!)
The challenge with believing the impossible is knowing just what is impossible means. Kira. Struggles with the Counsellor’s advice and at every step she finds another thing that demands her belief.
The character of Kira walks the fine line between helpless girl and a Mary-Sue. She feels very much like a real person with her own set of foibles and fears. The same is true for the other characters. Even the villain is shown as a whole, if misguided, person. The dialogue works well and maintains a consistent voice through the book.
The plot had a nice number of twists and turns. It was easy to keep track of what was happening, but impossible to predict with any accuracy what was coming. This is a real achievement since I can often outline the plot of a book after a couple of chapters. It kept me interested and involved right to the conclusion.
Mark of the Dragon Queen is an independently published novel and it is what indie novels should be. It is professionally written and polished. The story is interesting and complex and the characters are well rounded and empathetic. Katie W. Stewart has more than one surprise in the plot of this book and it is a delight to read from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and young adult.