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Dragon Called

Deadweed Dragons Book One
Narrated by: Traci Arlene
Series: Deadweed Dragons Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

In a kingdom that has fallen into chaos, one young woman - and her dragon - are thrust into the role of bringing balance to the land.

From the moment Dayie washed ashore as an infant, everyone in her tiny village treated her as...different. She didn’t belong, no matter how hard she tried. So when a vicious, invasive plant called Deadweed overruns her village, she’s blamed and sold to the Dragon Traders for fear of her powers and the mystery surrounding her origin.

After years of service to the ruthless Dragon Traders, Dayie wants her freedom. To repay her debt, Dayie steals a dragon egg. But she winds up with far more than she bargained for when her egg hatches before she can get it to them. Now she must hide her hotheaded young dragon Zarr or risk losing him: either to the Dragon Traders or the Deadweed that’s creeping ever southward.

When the Dragon Traders travel further south to evade capture and Deadweed attacks, Dayie meets a mysterious Dragon Rider named Akeem, who tells her magic is behind the spread of the Deadweed, and that she’s been bonded with Zarr - for life. Now Dayie faces a choice: give up her dragon for her freedom or take her place with Zarr in the Training Hall of Dagban. There, she may have the chance to avenge her parents’ deaths and solve the mystery of ever-spreading Deadweed.

Dayie’s destiny awaits, if she’s brave enough to follow it...

This novel contains violence.

©2019 Relay Publishing (P)2019 Relay Publishing

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The best book on odeo book for in my opinion

This book was so good i like these books that are books you should advertise on the frunt page

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  • Suzannah
  • 12-02-20

Definitely young adult but...

It’s odd that the author has a lot of twenty and thirty year olds acting like teenagers. (At one point I could’ve sworn they described a thirty-something year old as young which I thought most young adults would disagree with) And although the main character is supposed to be young, she often has the temperament/behavior/thought processes of a small child instead of a teenager. If not for those odd discrepancies that had me wondering if the author changed her target audience a few times, I would have rated the story higher but things like that were too distracting. The narrator’s mispronunciations of a lot of words were also very distracting. The simple words weren’t distracting (“feel/fell”; “tail/tell”) but some were astounding (or at least I only heard of one way to pronounce the word “similarly”. The word charcoal was also pronounced “char-a-coal” but perhaps that’s what it was called in that world). Her attempts at character differentiation were also distracting as I tried to figure out who was who occasionally. Either I adapted or she got better with time as far as characters went... however her odd pronunciations did not abate. They happened randomly and just enough to kick you out of the story as you pondered how and why. Neither the book nor the narrator are as nearly as bad as I seem to make them out to be it’s just that both should be on another level of good of it weren’t for minor yet enough-to-kick-me-out-of-the-story-and wonder-about-the-creator type of things that happened throughout the book.

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  • murphyfields
  • 20-12-19

Interesting "Villain"

I really like that the "villain" in this story is so different than in traditional fantasy book. There is no evil sorcerer here (or at least, not in this book of the series...I don't know about the rest). But I don't know yet if I like having a plant as the enemy. There are parts that I like, and parts that I don't. The idea is just so different that I have not yet decided. I loved the personality of the young dragon...somehow it seemed like a combination of part dangerous dinosaur beast and part puppy...a very interesting combination that really seems to work here. I do like the characters... Dayie is a great, imperfect heroine, and Akeem seems a good hero, although maybe a little too good. The bouncing back and forth between their story lines, each told in the first person, threw me off a few times, even though the narrator did a pretty good job of giving them different voices...they were just not quite different enough for it to be obvious to me who was speaking. Overall the narration was quite good, although there were several words pronunciations that caught me as strange. Especially early in the book, words like subsequent, conflagration, and ichor, were not pronounced the way I expected, and some seem to have a different pronunciation later in the book. I cannot say for certain that my pronunciation is correct and not the narrator's, but I think there were errors. And somehow, Dayie's singsong Maa Maa Laa seemed to me like it should be stronger and more melodious than presented here. Even so, I really liked the personality the narrator brought to each of the characters. Very well done and strongly recommended I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review, which I voluntarily leave here.

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  • Craig A.
  • 04-04-20

Very good read

Not the best narrator that ava has had but a very good story all the same, I could see this shaping into a classic

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  • trufriends
  • 22-03-20

good

an orphaned girl steals a dragon egg; a series that young adults would enjoy listening and/or reading.

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  • Dee
  • 21-03-20

Definite pleaser

This book made me so mad! It was a very well-written, Cinderella-esque story and I found myself in constant anger at Dayie's mistreatment. Ugh! The fact that she rose above it, figuratively and literally, was good and all but I seethed for many hours. Dayie is the main character. She was sold into servitude because her village thought she was a witch. Her new owner, Fawn, was a piece of work, and Dayie's existence was miserable. Until she met Thump, the dragon. The metaphorical shoe fit perfectly. The narrator had a really nice voice but she did mispronounce a few words ('oh-mahn" instead of "o-man" for example.) All in all, this was a great listen and I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 09-03-20

If you want dragons and unique magic here you go

Narrator: ok differentiation Language: PG Sex: G Violence: PG Story: this was an interesting story and I’d definitely listen to the rest of the series. The main character kind of drives you nuts because she is rather flippant in her progress towards becoming who she is meant to be. I found the storyline or moderate to fast pace and entertaining enough to keep you interested. If you enjoy tales of dragons and unusual magic this will be a great fit for you! —I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Michelle Bever Books
  • 30-01-20

Magic, Dragons, and Adventure

Daye was an orphan girl with a way with animals that was bought by a not very nice woman trader. The trader's family had her and her son steal dragon eggs to sell to the South. Daye's egg cracked early and bonded with her and it was a red dragon. Daye's bonding with the dragon led to a new awareness and confidence about her self. Daye met with the wild bunch and their leader but it was not what fate had led her to. She was led to be trained by the seven and being the first to bring their own dragon with her. She made a name for herself with the seven and later became one of the seven. I am looking forward to a sequel to this wonderful novel.

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  • Margaret
  • 28-01-20

New twist with the plants

This is the thirteenth book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I have enjoyed every one. Her books are not complicated or overly descriptive, yet she has created a wonderful world in which each dragon series gives us a glimpse into a different corner of it. That makes each series somewhat unique- I like that. The publisher’s summary is very good. There is not much for me to expand on without giving anything away. The comments on the Torvald dragons and their training make me imagine we may eventually see the Tarvald and Dagban riders interact. This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Traci Arlene ) and I would listen to another. She does really well narrating this book. Her performance brings the characters to life. She gives each character a distinct voice and emphasizes their personalities. There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Layla
  • 14-01-20

Deadweed Dragons

This is the first book in the series and I would recommend reading it in the right order this gives you a better connection with the main characters. If you love dragon books then this is for you.

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  • Cindy
  • 23-12-19

Eagerly awaiting next release!

I requested this since my granddaughters were visiting. Much to my surprise I became invested in this wonderful story. It's written so that young and old can enjoy. Narrator did a great job with all the characters. This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.