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That’s a line from “Mouth of the Dragon,” a book filled with poetic descriptions and longing of the soul. In an age where ninety percent of what we read is comprised of grammatically incorrect Facebook memes incessantly shoved down your throat, “Mouth of the Dragon” hits you like a round-house kick to the face. This is a book to make you remember why you learned to read in the first place.
In some ways I feel ill-prepared to review at this moment as this book requires some incubation time. The titular dragon, for example, is less a physical being than it is a common ailment. Men and women are taken by the dragon and they cease to be themselves. Yet the dragon seems to have a kind of hive consciousness as well. I was reminded something of the dragon from John Boorman’s Excalibur.
Walking through a wasteland of bloodshed and war is Chaelus, the hero reborn. Even he is hard to describe as I believe he is heroic, but rarely is he given the opportunity of choice. Chaelus focuses the novel, but he is a character of potential force more often than action.
Mainly, “Mouth of the Dragon” exists like a dream. I’ve only read through it once and I don’t think that will be sufficient. It’s a complex work, beautifully written, and it doesn’t give away all its mysteries at a glance. This is a story worthy of study with tormented characters and a deep sense of spiritual loss and rediscovery. The writing is first rate, and this book is not easily compared to other fantasy novels.
My only concern is that this book might prove to be too difficult for impatient readers. Don’t push. Just sit back and let this novel wash over you like an ocean. The dragon is larger than the novel, which is as it should be.
I relish the prospect of being able to get my teeth into a novel that’s presented as a gourmet meal. A work where the plot is composed of many layered courses – each defined and integral to the overall story – and each aspect of which allows you the opportunity to savor it fully.
In “Mouth of the Dragon,” Tom Barczak treats us to a wealth of fine dining, for it is evident from the outset that a great deal of forethought and preparation has gone into the execution of a storyline that can’t be rushed. You have to take your time to appreciate the ingredients, components that initially seem to contradict in intent before blending together in a way that fully satisfies your literary palate.
Select examples abound, and though your anticipations are frequently raised, Barczack dexterously keeps you hanging there, balanced on a fulcrum of suspended expectations where you have to await the addition of yet another layer of text until your craving for fulfillment is satisfied. What’s more, the narrative is as poetic as it is profound, creating an eerily dark and moody setting. And yet, there’s nothing dreary about the world that Barczak has created, for his account possesses an elegiac quality that actively conjures vivid scenes in your mind of a once vibrant landscape now blanched of life by an insidious malaise that has been allowed to creep in through the shadows most pay scant attention to.
You can figuratively see the decay eating away like a cancer at the very fabric of the land – hear the lament of a dying people too consumed to do anything about it, or care – taste the wormwood as it poisons their morality – feel the corruption riddling their bones. Superb.
It is through the skilful use of such prose that Barczak fabricates a growing web of tension, a building desperation that compels you to bleed for those caught in the bitter unfolding of a brutal prophecy as it makes you crave the gratification of instant recompense for those who have unjustly suffered.
“Mouth of the Dragon” a complex, transient, many layered banquet, expertly woven together into one of the finest stories I have read in a long time.
Very well done, a thoroughly enjoyable first-rate effort.
He is, a talented architect, building a world filled with towering obstacles, dark, hidden passages, and luminous archways. He carves out a treacherous path for those struggling to fulfill, and defeat, destiny. Then guides them on a dark, epic journey to slay the dragon that dwells within the souls of all those tortured by internal, invincible, demons.
The hero, Chaelus, a resurrected wraith, is haunted by the past and future. He is championed by knights forbidden to kill, tortured by loves lost and gained, and destine to lead them all to the worst kind of death imaginable. All the while, reminding us there is more than one kind of death. And, sometimes, life after death is a walk through hell, before a glimpse of the gates to salvation can be revealed.
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