Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.
But all that is gone. Humans, only barely coming into their own in the world from your memory, have taken over. They have erected cities made of stone and steel erupting from the earth like stalagmites reaching for the high blue sky, and developed sciences that have overshadowed even the glory of old magic. This is not the way it was supposed to be.
Meet Tesser, the Dragon. He who walks in any form and flies the skies free of fear. A Dragon Among Us is Tesser's story. Walk with him as he learns the human way,and discovers the dark truth about why magic has really faded from the world he calls home. And, just maybe, humanity will remember why Dragons were most noble and most savage creatures again. Welcome to The Reemergence.
©2013 Christopher Philbrook (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
"Tesser, the Dragon of Life"
For 20,000 years, Tesser has slept beneath the earth. Now, he's awake, and walking around in human form. He is arrogant, of course, but he has the right to be: Everything that lives on Earth has Tesser to thank for it's existence, for he created them all. (There are also six other dragons, each with their own special gifts, and each is also necessary to the health and well being of the planet. And each, I suspect, will get their own book!)
One of the six is dear to Tesser, his sister, Kowula (sp?) the Dragon of Magic. He hasn't been able to communicate with her since his return, and he's worried. Because of her absence, magic has all but disappeared from the world, but when the magic comes back, creatures that were once thought to be only myth, begin to reappear, too -- causing chaos for the mundane humans, as they struggle to understand the new world order.
Pretty great, right? Ultimately, this story is fun, original, with a (very) little romance. And while the human characters are a bit cliche, and the humor can be crude and juvenile -- and the women talk about sex like especially sophomoric young men instead of women -- the dragons more than make up for it! There's a fair amount of violence, too, but it often made me laugh -- in that way dark humor with a side of horror often does.
The writing for the dragons is what I really loved. They are both innocent and ancient at the same time, and their views on what the humans have done to the world they created is really funny -- or at least, it would be -- if it wasn't also somewhat true.
BUT -- I will admit that I almost returned this book after the first few chapters, because of the crude male oriented humor. It made me think that this might be a book geared toward teenage boys of a certain age, and therefore not for me. Eventually I realized that the humor in Tesser is like a comic book -- which I think is exactly the point. The whole book has a comic book feel!
Philbrook does write that when Tesser came back, he learned the language and the modern cultural references from watching Jay and Silent Bob movies. That tells you all you need to know about the author, his point of view, his sense of humor, and what to expect from the characters he writes. If you don't like Jay and Silent Bob, you probably won't like this book, either. (I LOVE Kevin Smith, so there you have it.)
I found it very easy to ignore the flaws to get to the good stuff -- because there is some very good writing here, and a very good story to tell. (I'm already onto the 2nd book, and it's just as well done. It deals with the vampires taking over Las Vegas!
James Foster gives a brilliant performance, lending Tesser the gravitas and world weary pathos of an immortal creature seeing the state of his creations after a long absence. Also, the frequent inner dialogues of the characters must have been tricky for Foster to perform, but it was clear from the first line that they were inner dialogues. I also REALLY appreciate that Philbrook wrote them without all the 'he thought' or 'she thought' after each one, that a less experienced author might have included unnecessarily.
I loved this book, and hope to enjoy the whole series!
Highly Recommended to fantasy lovers, dragon lovers, Kevin Smith aficionados, and people who love their violence with a lot of dark humor. (But please note that the violence and crude language does make it inappropriate for younger kids.)
loved the concept, narration, characters. my only wish is that audible would developed rating or warning for language. this would warn me not to let my teen listen
"Worth a credit and your time!"
I'm terrible at writing reviews and doing the books I read any kind of justice I'm not a writer. I'm a reader (listener). :-) Having said that.... This book was about a dragon, a man, a woman, a wizard, magic, and good vs. evil. It was kind of a love story. Part action. Part suspense. A little bit of comedy. Completely entertaining.
Having said all of that, I will sum up my review in terms an Audible reader can appreciate. Was this book worth a credit? ABSOLUTELY! I found myself reading (oops listening) to this book way more than my average listen. It was very entertaining and unpredictable. James Foster is a master narrator and adds life to all of the characters. Time flew by as I listened and I found myself taking the long way home so I could keep listening.
It's definitely worth a credit and a listen.
"I dont think the author has ever actually communicated with another human being."
There is a lot of clunky exposition in the book that involves a character speaking their thoughts aloud so that the reader knows whats going on. Also the women in this book are very... Sex-crazed? I don't know if thats the proper word to describe them, but it seems very unrealistic. For example about a minute after almost being raped a woman is aroused by a naked hobo vigilante. Alot of dialogue and interaction seems fake, and the whole book feels like a B-rated action flick.
"Fun book and different take on dragons"
Of late, I have become increasingly leary of Series books. I have tired of cliffhangers and series that go on and on forever. I want good stories that flow well,spins a good tale and has an ending that satisfies. I took a chance on this book "Tesser" even though it states it is book one of a series and I am glad I did. This is not your usual dragon book and it held my attention the entire time. I enjoyed the author's concept and the narration fit the story.Even though it's clear at the end of the book there is more story to be told about Tesser, his friends and family, the ending of this book was complete and did not leave you with some blazing question about what next? So THANK YOU Chris Philbrook for writing a wonderful story that is complete. When the next in the series comes out I will buy it.
This one was special. A week later, I'm still thinking about the story and sent my sister an email to recommend she read it. Well thought out story and very likeable characters.
"Not Your Typical Fantasy"
This book is told from an incredibly unique perspective. The dragon, Tesser, is an almost timeless entity that is far more than a big flying reptile that breathes fire. I loved how he experiences the modern day world through ancient eyes.
It's hard to compare this book to anything I've read previously. It's singular and unique.
I'd listened to James Foster perform other books that were WAAAAY different than this, so I had slight trepidation. He put that to rest in a few short minutes. He absolutely NAILS this.
Tesser's depth and insight are so believable. From his first encounter with the darker part of human nature to understanding, with benevolence, the struggles of humanity. Tesser is both breath-taking and gut-wrenching.
Typically, I don't venture too far into the fantasy genre. This book won't change that as I can't imagine many other books from the genre being comparable in delivery. It's imaginative. It's clever, witty, and even hip. I took a chance because I like so much of this author's other works. I was not let down. At. All. Can't recommend this one enough. Entertaining as hell.
"Cute but shallow and unsatisfying"
I doubt I would be interested in another Philbrook book, and although Foster is a good reader and actor he needs to work on making sure he gets all the words right
He has a good style and is very easy to listen to, but he mispronounces some words, He might just be reading too fast, looking too far ahead, but when he refers to a threatened girl as the "frightening" girl instead of "frightened" and even worse uses the word "providence" instead of "provenance" in reference to an antique, it is jarring. But overall he does a very good job, has a good voice and handles the various voices well.
It's too superficial and fluffy to make a decent movie or TV series
The book is very superficial and would appear to be directed at a Young Adult audience, except for the gratuitous and plentiful vulgarity and profanity. The whole idea of reading fantasy is to suspend belief, but once you accept the fantasy of an ancient dragon coming back in modern Boston and trying to learn how to function in our society the book skips over far too many details and has the dragon character suddenly acquiring detailed idiomatic English with no explanation of how this happens The author seems to think that constantly using not just profanity but vulgar sex-related phrases will make it sophisticated or modern, and that incessant references to music and bands will make it relevant to some audience---again, the target audience would appear to be YA but for the profanity. The sexual content seems to be based on a very juvenile concept of what is sexy. The book just seems confused about what it is and what it wants to be.
It feels as if it written by a precocious high schooler. I can see what the author is trying to achieve, but he always falls short. Sometimes the dialogue is just stilted and pretentious, sometimes it tries too hard to be edgy, but it never really rings true.
"A Good Read"
I got this book via audiobook boom. Overall this was a funny story to me. there were many lol moments as Tesser acclimated himself to the new world that he awaken in. He was the top predator when he went to sleep so when he awaken he just continued in that role. He set about learning how to live in his environment rather than trying to make his environment work with him. That to me is what a true leader does. Tesser is inherently good and therefore he showed that through his actions. I liked the story overall.
"Tesser awakes beneath the streets of Boston"
Tesser, the dragon of life; one of seven dragons given to the earth. After an induced sleep of ten thousand years Tesser awakes beneath the streets of Boston. His mission before the sleep and the only mission now is to protect the beings of earth from the darkness; the evil daemons from across the veil. Tesser wonders why the magic has gone from earth and he pledges to bring the magic back. People initially are understandably scared and Tesser’s first goal is to gain their confidence, explain who he is, and why he is here. Quite the unique story and very interesting if you have any interest at all in dragons. There is a second book that I’m aware of. I’ll have to check it out.
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