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Dragon Ascending

Vanir Dragon Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Christopher Dukes
Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

"Extraordinarily entertaining and innovative." (Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game)

A perilous quest, to find the missing king, and win the heart of a beautiful princess. What could possibly go wrong?

Edrik, son of the murdered Drake regent, never gained his dragon magic and cannot shapeshift into his dragon form. Unfit to marry his love, the Princess Lissara, Edrik embarks on a dangerous mission to prove himself worthy. He seeks Lissara's missing father, the dragon king, before an enemy usurps the throne. 

Unfortunately, the search for the king brings Edrik to a dungeon located in human territory. Inside the prison, Edrik discovers the missing king, whose captors are unaware of his true identity. Edrik must rely on a grubby young dungeon keeper to help them escape without disclosing that his companion is the dragon king. But the dungeon keeper has a secret identity as well, one that will change Edrik's destiny forever.

©2018 Amy Beatty (P)2019 Immortal Works

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  • michael martins
  • 04-07-19

A different dragon story.

Dragon Ascending was a very entertaining book. It is a different dragon story, the dragons in this book can take human form or more accurately they can change from human form to dragon form which I have not seen very often in most other stories. The characters are very interesting especially Mudge. The story mainly follows the characters or Mudge and Edrick(Rolf). Mudge is a young dungeon keeper who is much different than you would expect. Edrick is a drake which is a dragon in their human form he is on a quest and has been imprisoned in Mudge's dungeon. They develop an interesting relationship along with the other prisoners of Grubbarch(Styg) and Finn(Other Dragon). An interesting journey soon ensues and their is quite a bit of action, romance, humor and danger. There is much more to it and quite a few surprise twists along the way but I don't want to give anything away.

I would definitely recommend the book it was very fun and entertaining. There is a bit more romance than some people might like but my main complaint with it is how oblivious some of the characters are to each others feelings but that is often the case in these types of stories. The narration of Christopher Duke was excellent and I really enjoyed his voice and accent, my only minor complaint is he takes a lot of deep breaths between sentences which if you actually notice and focus on can be distracting, but it really is minor and if you aren't OCD and don't zone in on it is almost not even noticeable.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Dave G.
  • 25-06-19

Great Take On Dragons A Bit Too Much Romance

The world that the author is creating in this book is one where dragons have a human form and can "ascend" into dragon form. I thought the book started off a bit slow but it picks up around chapter 6. A bit too much romance for my liking but I stuck it out since I enjoyed the story overall. I thought the narrator did a good job of giving each character a distinct and compelling voice. However, the narrator did repeat lines but this only happens 2-4 times at most from what I remember, so it didn't affect the overall flow of the storyline. I think this series has potential and if you like dragons and romance I'd recommend it.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Cheri
  • 22-11-19

Captivating

This book was hard to put down. It had just enough surprises and unpredictable elements to make it an engaging read. It had an unusually different idea of dragons, and a very spunky heroine. If you are looking for something with romance, action, and unlike traditional fairytales, this would be a good choice.

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  • Luke
  • 17-06-19

Wait, what? It's over? But I want more!

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Let's start with the bad first, to get it out of the way. The recording sometimes phased in and out and wasn't masterfully edited. Sometimes he resaid something in a different way but the first way wasn't edited out. Toward the end, there were sound issues, but I could always hear everything. I do think the book is better suited for print in general, due to the descriptions. For example, the sizes of the dragons and some of the scene descriptions were there, but at the speed of audio it was hard to visualize what was being described. But this really only applied when they didn't spend much time in a location. The more time spent, the fuller my image was.

Now onto the good stuff! I loved this book and can't wait to share it with my wife. I didn't expect this to be a fantasy romance, and at first I was a little confused about the dynamic between the two, but that was clearly intentional. I loved the reveal in the middle and sometimes I wanted to shout "no, you idiot!" or "just tell her!" But the inner world of each character is so well defined that it makes complete sense why they act the way they do, and it's relatable. This is a strongly character-driven story, and I absolutely love that.

The climax was a little too fast in my opinion. I got distracted for a few seconds and totally missed the "end". I thought "wait, what?" I also didn't pay enough attention to character descriptions at the beginning because I didn't realize that Mudge was black... So again, I think reading would have been better for this book, but I mean that in a good way. The vocabulary and word use was intricate, and that doesn't lend itself to audio. But I definitely enjoyed the book and plan to listen to it again and then buy any sequels that come out. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-06-19

Great story!

I really enjoyed this story from start to finish except for 1 thing. I wanted to smack a bit of sense into Mudge at times. It fit the story and is all part of growing up, but sometimes I felt it was a bit much on the whining. Besides that 1 thing, this is a great book! I would be interested in more from this world of dragons.

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  • Sarah
  • 05-06-19

Super cute love story!

I was hooked right away and even though I figured out the first major twist right away I was delighted when I discovered I was right. Charming characters, interesting world. I'm looking forward to the sequel!

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  • Jonathon
  • 03-06-19

Amazing book! Poor narration.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


So many audio issues, sentences read twice, names pronounced different multiple times, mumbles through sentences, and near the end of the book his volume fades in and out constantly (sounding as though he is moving away and closer to the mic), etc.
But the story is amazing! One of my favorite stories and made me put up with the narration issues just because of how interesting it is and has plenty of twists and turns that keep it interesting with good action that isn't over done.
If you like dragon's at all give it a shot but if you have a choice read it don't listen.

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  • Paul Vasquez
  • 31-05-19

Adventure to Come and Save the DAY!

This was a very good story about a group of people that can shapechange into Dragons (Sometimes) who go on an adventure to try to find and save their King. When the King disappeared years before, another Dragon stepped in and took over as King. That Dragon that took over was Evil and Cruel. They find the old Kind in a Dungeon Cell with the Dungeon Master controlling all. They all escape including the Dungeon Master who ends up ......well I will not ruin it. It was a Very good Listen. I receive this Audio Book for Free in exchange for an unbiased review. Excellent!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-19

Midge's Secret. Spoiler!

Once you learn Mudge's secret the tenor of the story changes considerably. If you enjoy the romance genre this is the book for you. If not, it gets pretty repetitive and dull.

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  • Michael
  • 24-05-19

A Great Read

An intriguing twist on the typical dragon story. Characters are interesting and well developed, though there is a feeling that more back story is coming in future books. The ending is a little clumsy but well-intentioned and leaves me looking forward to the next book. The author does a really good job of pacing events and keeping you guessing as you progress through the book, she has a distinct style that has detail but isn't labored. I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of her efforts.