Seventy-five years ago, the dragons fell from the sky. We thought they were just meteorites - six terrifying explosions rang the world like a bell. When the dust settled, we went on with our lives as though nothing had happened.
More than a decade later, five of the eggs hatched. The dragons that emerged were small and weak. They kept to the shadows, working in secret to persuade people to do their bidding, offering magic as payment and reward. Years passed...and still we didn't notice the evil growing in our midst.
The war began suddenly. Survivors called it the "apocalypse" - nine billion people killed in an afternoon. Then the dragons revealed themselves, burning huge swaths of what remained, taunting and mocking and murdering the survivors.
Four leaders arose: the Wizard, the Dragon Rider, the Monk, and the Dragon Slayer. Allied with the rebel dragon, they waged war for years until they, too, were defeated, scattered, or killed.
When the war ended, only one dragon remained...but that single dragon was enough to plunge the world into tyranny.
©2015 David A. Wells (P)2016 Podium Publishing
even as part of a saga, this is not a complete book: no catharsis or resolution or minor victory. It just ends. Shame because it wasn't a bad story. Feels like half a proper book has been rushed out to make a bit of cash.
this was my first audio book, I was half way through reading another book when I came across this and for the last 12 hours I have pretty much non stopped listening to this story is would recommend it to anyone!
since listening to audible books ive only come across three authors and three narrators and david a wells has writen some good stories and the narrator derek perkins is brilliant at bringing these characters alive with each own voice.
and when i listen to him i find myself lost in that world.
"I tried so hard to enjoy this book"
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The world building was awesome and I was really interested in the lore behind the world he was creating. Yet, I couldn't finish the book.
The audio performance was good, but there was a serious lack of imagery and if there were some descriptions, they were pretty vague. This led me to be taken out of the story many times, as I had to try and figure out what each character looked like by the voice the narrator had given them, on top of their vague descriptions.
Not only was the imagery not really there, but his over use of "[name] said" made the book feel lazily written and not as expanded upon as it could have been.
Honestly, if the imagery and better descriptions were there, I probably would have finished and enjoyed this book, as the world is a very interesting one. That being said, when you can barely visualize the characters nor the environments, it leads to a very confused reader and a rather lackluster book, no matter how good the story is.
Derek Perkins of course.
To be honest, it felt cut short...like the story was just beginning and then TA-DA it's over (until the next book) but not in a cliffhanger sort of way..in a "I had to get a book out by my deadline and this is what you got" kind of way.
It's interesting, but frustrating...and believe me I'm into a lot of unfinished series right now and I just don't feel the sense of closure at all that you even get from reading one book.
Homer. My feet hurt.
...this is a silly question.
It's a good start to a series, but it does end abruptly. You do care for the characters and it's a little bit of a Mary Sue..or..Gary Stu? the guy version? It's a very interesting post-apocalyptic setting which is the most intriguing to me that I think I'll seek out other books of that genre, but for all the build up there was no climax or anything, just a ''oh this happened and now the book is over."
Maybe wait until 3 books are out before you start with this series simply for the fact that the story is a bit forgettable at this point. The 2nd book is due out this November so that's a good thing, but honestly this book doesn't hold up to others as far as writing goes...still a fun listen.
Derek Perkins is a gem as always.
Great book worth the cost will read all three. Just about anyone could enjoy the story line.
"New twist to the usual dragon fantasy."
The young man who is the main character. It shows that he has been home to shoulder a great responsibility but also has the natural aptitude and great character traits allowing him to evolve through suffering and a go getter attitude becoming the wizard his grandfather hoped he would become. Also , love his relationship with his dog
The savior of the world lies in the hands of an unexpected source.
Don't hate his brother too much.
Derek Perkins is wonderful. Kudos to David Wells for wonderful story writing. Great character development and imagination. I listened non stop for 3 days couldn't put it down!
"I truly can't wait for the next book."
this book was amazing! I'm the next one. hopefully it won't be too long. Great storyline I wonder if this will be put into a movie?
great story took me about two days to finish it couldn't put it down love the characters loved the plot and audible hurry and get Book number 2
I believe this is a first for me. I literally wanted to kill a fictional character. I prayed that the author would kill him off. This character made it a struggle to get through the book unfortunately. Not sure if I'll get the next book in the series.
First let me say that I did enjoy the storyline of this book. I believe it could have been an excellent book. The reason for the low overhaul rating is due to the authors overuse of the word said in his dialogue. After a awhile all I heard was John said or Frank said or Ben said. It was so bad at times I almost stopped listening go the book. There is nothing wrong with using the word said in dialogue but when it is used in every sentence for half a page it becomes redundant and I can't believe an editor or publisher did not point this out. If you can get past it then it is worth the listen
"A brilliant beginning!"
I listened to Mr. Wells's Sovereign of the Seven Isles series and really enjoyed the books. He's brought his ability to tell a great story to a whole new level with this book however. He creates a mesmerizing post-apocalyptic world combining sci-fi and fantasy in a brilliant and original way and pulled off one of the most enjoyable books I've read or listened to in a few years. I have the second book downloaded and eagerly await starting it. I would recommend this book to any fan of the sci-fi or fantasy genres and I believe it's a great book for anyone who enjoys a good story to grab up even if you typically don't follow these genres. Give it a try, I guarantee you won't regret it!
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