- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Jr.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 28, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B76C5TU
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The Royal Dragoneers: The Dragoneer Saga, Book One Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
The author made a spot-on combination of familiar fantasy tropes, interesting cast of characters and dynamic plot with plenty of surprises. Of course, there are goblins, trolls and other well-known fantasy creatures, with dragons being the main star. Sometimes I wish more authors take time to develop new and original fantasy creatures, but I totally understand the decision to go with something readers are familiar with.
Since this is the first book in the series, it has often an ungrateful task to set up a world, introduce us to characters and laws of this fantasy realm. It is clear that the author has more than enough experience and skill to do that relatively seamlessly, without too much blatant explaining to the reader. It is all nicely woven into the plot.
The plot is fast, exciting and interesting, I love the use of magic and the whole system of it and the care that is put into developing characters like Jenka and Zah. And I love how the dragons are not just copied and pasted from other fantasy works, there is actually some original elements about them.
I don't want to spoil anything so I will stop here and just recommend this book. I'm really interested to see where it will go in the next installments in the series.
The story begins with Jenka, a teenage youth who is stalking a stag through the woods. Hes left with no option but to guard the downed stag through the night to prevent scavengers from getting to it, but ends up mixed in a fight between a young dragon and trolls. He helps the dragon, and is in turn saved by it from the trolls and given a little of the dragons magical strength. The next day hes found by people from his village, and he stretches the truth of the encounter a bit, but his notable deed is still found to be worth of becoming closer to his goal of being a Kings Ranger.
To make a long summary shorter, these events see Jenka in the midst of a war between orcs, goblins, etc and humans and dragons. The lack of friendship humans and dragons share, having a history of hunting and eating each other, makes this all the more difficult.
The writing is adequately detailed, bringing the world and its various inhabitants and their quirks alive. Sometimes the pacing is faster or jumpier than it needs to be. Some sentences are a little too long for their own good, and become a bit confusing and peppered with too many commas. However, for the most part, it looks fairly well edited and each character has a unique voice. The book is also a good length, providing a few afternoons of entertainment.
I'm not sure about the negative reviews on here, but I suspect there could be an element of the green-eyed monster verses the dragon going on!
This is an author that should be watched out for in the future. I would highly recommend his novels to all fans of the fantasy/action/thriller genre, or indeed, anybody who likes a good `meaty' read. Well done, yet again, M.R. Mathias.
Another highly recommended read.