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The Mountains of Sorrow: An Earth Dragon Fantasy Adventure (Elemental Dragon Fantasy Adventures) by [Iseult Murphy]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MKTVFH3
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 24, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3147 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 103 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

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Iseult Murphy started writing at a young age, entertaining her family with magazines that she wrote and illustrated as a child. In her teens, she won several local and national short story competitions, including three time overall winner of the RDS Young Science Writers competition, and had work placed in international writing competitions such as the BBC Wildlife Poetry competition.

Iseult is drawn to horror, fantasy and science fiction, as she feels that the most difficult aspects of life can be best explored through the lens of speculative fiction.

She currently resides on the east coast of Ireland. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, art and spending time with her animals.

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Iseult Murphy’s ‘The Mountains of Sorrow’ is a little bit of everything if you’re wandering down the Science Fiction & Fantasy aisle. There are evil robots that wouldn’t be out of place in Star Wars; glimpses of dragons that Anne McCaffrey might have once considered; squirrels akin to the dæmons of ‘His Dark Materials’ and a bit of magic we all enjoyed in David Eddings’s work. Murphy brings these together in a two-hour read with some success.

Murphy’s heroine is Rowan, a Woodwitch of Glardock. As the story unfolds, we discover her secret heritage, and the motivation behind her journey becomes clear. What starts as a simple desire to prevent the destruction of the land by the queen’s star magic (not as lovely as it sounds), Rowan is not the one destined to murder Queen Zelda. Murphy invests soundly in portraying this character, easily the most rounded of the ensemble. The use of familiar squirrels to depict Rowan’s emotion is charming at first, but it does become tiresome as the chapters race past. Ultimately, we learn of the wrongdoing against Rowan’s family and see her restored to her rightful place in the end. Her trusted sidekick is Argento, the somewhat mysterious guard. It’s not clear if Rowan and Argento’s relationship is anything more than professional, but the third act reveals his purpose: the shrine to the earth dragons.

‘The Mountains of Sorrow’ is centred by two types of magic: the evil star magic destroys everything it touches (obviously favoured by the wicked queen) and the good earth magic, which is Rowan’s most important weapon. But before that, there are the android creatures that protect Queen Zelda. While the lack of a detailed explanation of how the magic works is positive, it is unclear how robot guard dogs fit into this world. Perhaps they may have been better described as metal creatures (rather than ‘constructs’); however, Murphy would have been better served to name her antagonist after a non-Nintendo icon. Suffice to say, evil is the technology that ruins the planet, and good is wielding natural forces in a way that everyone wins – except the wrongdoers. And this natural energy comes from elemental dragons so that all ties up nicely.

Murphy’s novella trips along at an incredible pace, maybe a chapter every six to ten minutes. Most end with a natty dialogue-driven cliffhanger, which is equally charming and cloying. As we race through, things do slow a little, as if this is a marathon and not a sprint after all, but then, like all good athletes, Murphy digs deep and tears through the end of the story at breath-taking speed. This is a shame because readers always want to enjoy a book’s climax.

In all, Murphy has done a good job with this novella. The words are well-considered, and the story, although single-faceted, does what it needs to do. Yet it lacks a certain magic that has nothing to do with dragons or robots or wicked empires, possibly because the quest every epic fantasy needs is not clear from chapter one.
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