A prophecy of murder.
An elf hunted by dragons.
One man who risks everything to save her.
Nachal is a human that should not be having prophetic Dragon Dreams. But he does. Every night he dreams of an elf running through flames, trying in vain to outrun the Rebel Dragon Obsidian. Every night he sees her fall. Sees her eyes close. Feels her heart as it slows, and then stops. Every night, through the connection of the dream, he dies with her. It's a spiral that he can't control, and it's slowly driving him insane.
Auri is an elf raised by a powerful human king not of her own blood. Left behind by the mother who perished far from the elven isle El'dell, she seeks to forge her life among the humans. Her journey takes her to the land of her heritage. To a place that holds both a haunting betrayal, and a miracle that just might save her life.
Together, they become embroiled in a conspiracy where destinies are intertwined, love is born in the fallout of ultimate sacrifice, and the only path to victory lies through the searing flames of dragon fire.
©2011 Dusty Lynn Holloway (P)2015 Dusty Lynn Holloway
"Action Packed Adventure"
Dragons, Elves and Humans all in this action packed fantasy adventure. This is the first book in this series. From the first page to the last, you are swept away to another world and you are glued to the book until the end. The writing of this story is detailed and the world comes to life before our eyes. You can feel what the characters feel. No matter what they go through, you can feel each emotion, struggle, battle, love and pain they all feel. The development of this world keeps you entertained and you won't want to put this book down. Can't wait to see what comes next in this series.
"Classic High Fantasy!"
Dusty’s eloquent descriptions and the way Rob read them. I also loved the banter between the characters.
Hmm. I guess I would say a bit Lord of Rings, but with more romance like Twilight.
I loved, loved, loved how he did the dwarf’s voice and the dragon. Totally my favorite characters. I was smiling as I listened, and laughing at the jokes.
This made me eager to listen to book 2! Which I will listen to for sure!
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend.
Dragon Dreams is the first in the Chronicles of Shadow and light, Dusty Lynn Holloway has an incredible imagination, and I think this book let her go wild with it. The audio version really did an amazing job bringing this book and all of her ideas to life.
Chapter 8: The gates of Bremgar.
Auri. Beautifully performed by Rob Goll.
Yes. Definitively, a book you want to listen to all in one sitting.
The narrator, Rob Goll can do a wonderful range of voices. You can tell he had a good time reading the book too though, because his narration is animated, full of emotions and he does amazing sound effects, making the listening experience most memorable.
"A Fun and Magical Tale"
Finding one's destiny.
I don't read many fantasy books but I enjoyed listening to this tale. The characters of the sea dragon Drashmere and Wolf were the most interesting to me, as well as Liran the elf. I would have liked to hear more of Drashmere and his history, especially.
Rob is an excellent narrator and I really enjoyed all of the creative and versatile characters' voices he created. His ancient dragons, dwarves, elves, and humans all sounded like very different, distinct individuals and I even noticed some different regional accents, such as the dwarf's! All of those traits made listening to the story fun. Rob also portrayed the emotions of the characters well in his voice, which made them all the more convincing.
If only I had time. :)
I will probably give more fantasy books a try! I would have liked further explanations of just a few points in the book (without creating spoilers here) like some vague details about the reasons for certain conflicts, why or how certain magical elements worked, or how characters have special knowledge of other characters. Some of these aspects could have been developed a little more more within the story, but overall it was fun to listen to.
"Good but lacking in some areas"
I am not sure how to review this. On one hand the story was captivating, and there were many times I found myself smiling while listening. On the other hand there were also many times I found myself rolling my eyes at the things the characters said/did/didn't say. I don't want to ruin anything by spoiling things, so I am going to try and be as vague as possible here ...
First - the story itself. Overall it was a good story, but I never found myself sucked in. There was talk about a past war, and a war brewing, and then all of a sudden (it seems) the war is here now. And these characters are pivotal to one side winning or losing. And there were secrets revealed and quests accomplished, yet at times it all seemed pointless. Like the story would have gotten the same message across if some of it had been cut out.
Next - the narration. I am super picky about men doing female voices. It is rare to find one that I enjoy. And this narrator is no exception. I think it is just difficult for a man to do a woman's voice without making her sound ... dumb? But fortunately most of this story is male POV, so it isn't often an issue. Though I do have 1 complaint - he often made the male lead sound like he was shouting. I am not sure if it was the voice, the accent, or what. But he did a great job making each and every voice distinct, which is always an amazing feat.
Finally - the characters. While not a romance story IMO, there is still almost a love triangle, which I think muddies up the story some. One man is more of a father type figure and the other is the obvious choice. No it isn't resolved in this story. And I didn't ever really connect with the characters as much as I like. But I did find myself wanting to continue the story, to find out what would happen with them, when they would meet up, and how things would be resolved or not.
Conclusion - While I enjoyed listening to the story, there were some issues that are pet peeves of mine. Of course that is going to affect the overall enjoyment of the story for me. However, I did like it enough to continue on to book 2 right away, and look forward to seeing where things go from here.
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