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- Print Length: 541 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542603455
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- Publication Date: November 25, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSRT0C7
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Now with Hualiama’s Dragon Friend trilogy, there are eight books detailing the fantastical Island World. Fantastical world building is an understatement. The rich history intricately woven into a weighty, world-sized tapestry defines a culture as complex and complete as any on Earth.
To understand this story, you must read the first two books of Aranya’s Shapeshifter Dragons series and the Pygmy Dragon’s two book Shapeshifter Dragon Legends series. You don’t need to read Hualiama’s Dragon Friend trilogy to understand her or Herimor but it does add richness to the characters Aranya meets this go around (but on the other hand, discovering that history, its mythos, and personalities of lore along with Aranya makes for a better story).
In the 548 pages, there was joy, devastation, mystery, boredom, mysticism, frustration, worry, doubt, angst, anger. The near poetic prose had me feeling them all. With constant poetic twisting of my emotions, do I admit to bouts of tearful reading? There were times I had to stop reading to clear tears of exalted joy … and of crushed heart. How does Marc Secchia do that?
While the picture-painting was incredibly vivid and intriguing, the long descriptions of the under the Cloudlands world and inter-Rift are monotonous when they aren’t downright boring. Too much of a good thing is … painful. I found myself trying to skip past parts but important dialogue was scattered throughout the expositories. I dare say that I would have welcomed about 148 pages less description.
I do greatly appreciate the author’s writing style with his poetic prose, fancifully brilliant metaphor, vivid scene painting, and extravagant vocabulary word choice, but this installment was too much for me. Having to look up the definition of one or two words every other page or so is good exercise, but five, or six, or ten is burdensome and exhausting. I got lost too many times and had to re-read many passages to figure out what was going on and who said what; especially in the first third.
I assumed this was the last third of a trilogy. With 40% of the book left, it was clear that this is not the case. The fourth book is promised “in 2017.” It’s going to be a long year. And, while I've relished visiting the Island World and love Aranya, I’m hoping that the fourth book sets the World right and declares peace and love ever after.
If you liked the Dragon Series so far, you’re going to enjoy this installment. Strap in and get ready for an internal-organ wrenching ride!
But I love this series and this book continued the story line.