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Dragon's Future

Dragon Courage, Volume 1
Narrated by: Esther Hardcastle
Series: Dragon Courage, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

Every child of Woolpren dreams of becoming one, but only a few are chosen. Now, 10-year-old twin brother and sister, Ruskya and Duskya, have been selected to join an elite group of riders: dragon riders. Full of awe and excitement, the twins leave their mother, and their home, to train for their new lives.

Fifteen years later, dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. One day, Ruskya is at the general store in town when a man announces that he is recruiting new dragon riders. Ruskya goes undercover, and discovers that there is another colony of riders with their own agenda - a quest to find a mysterious plant that could restore the dragon population, or destroy it. When a battle erupts between the two colonies, it's up to Ruskya and his friends to fight for their dragons' future, and their lives.

Follow Ruskya's quest as he finds courage and friendship in this exciting middle grade fantasy series by Kandi J Wyatt.

©2016 Kandi J Wyatt (P)2017 Kandi J Wyatt

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.YA Fantasy that will blow your mind.

The story, the characters, the pace -- everything is perfect There are so many other things left unsaid, only a fraction of the story told in this installment, in spite of its overall complexity. Dragon's Future has the potential to become a worldwide phenomenon with an upcoming movie, but the series has the potential to become a representative of a unique and daring wave of YA literature. This being said, the sequel cannot come fast enough! Esther hardcastle made me cry, laugh,gasp and her narration was utter beauty.Especially at the start of the book .It was tenderly heartbreaking.I have listened to another book that she narrated but it is so wildly different I couldn't believe it. I enjoyed the other one but didn't fully realize her range and how much power she could pour in to the words of this enchanting tale weaving a spell around the listeners .I have never read anything by Kandi J Wyatt before but now I will be actively looking for other books by her.Together author and narrator a total dream team.Bold, imaginative and incredibly thrilling, Dragon's Futuresets the bar up a notch with this vivid portrayal of duty versus free-will. This blend of fantasy with just a touch of dystopian flavor will make the readers devour every word, delighting in a gorgeously written story about freedom, destiny, Magic and so so much more. It's an instant favorite of mine and I hope that if you haven't read it yet, you will pick it up on the first occasion, because Dragon's Future is worth every praise it got. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion .

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  • Platypire Bob
  • 29-08-17

Bob @ Platypire Reviews

I requested and was granted a code for the Audible version of this book.

I like the characters, and I really enjoy that the dragons and riders have a real feeling relationship, and that they argue and fight rather than getting along all the time. Like family. The description are quite vivid for some of the things, and really made a clear picture. This wasn’t always the case, but in general I enjoyed and could picture the tale that was being presented. She definitely put forth effort!

The wording and writing style felt extremely choppy at first. I couldn’t get into it because it just sounded so odd. It smoothed out a little ways in, but never quite enough for me to be able to get lost in the narrative. I think this was made much more noticeable because it WAS an audible, versus me reading it myself, but I still feel like I would have noticed. I give the book a rating of 3.

Now, the narrator. She just doesn’t match the story, for me. Her tone and emphasis felt all wrong, and I really felt I was being read ‘at’ rather being told a story. Hopefully that makes sense. Her voice is very clear and concise, she has a good tempo, but this story was not the one, I think. I can’t quite figure out what genre she WOULD be good at, but with her voice, I know there’s one that’s perfect for her. 2.5 – 3 Stars.

Overall, this was an okay read. Dragon’s, coming of age, and very interesting relationships between said dragons and their riders.
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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • 17-07-17

Not all dragons are the same.

What didn’t you like about Esther Hardcastle’s performance?

She made this story very hard to get through. Her voice and the tempo is something that drove me nuts. She has a monotone voice and her inflection seems to just be nonexistent. I do not think I can listen to another book from this narrator.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about dragons. The story follows Ruskya and other dragon riders. Dragons have been around and plentiful however after a couple of years dragons seem to be going extinct. There are not as many as dragons as there once was. Ruskya is on a mission trying to find out why dragons are disappearing. Come to find out things are not what they seem.

A war is brewing and no one seems to know why certain dragons and riders are attacking innocents. There are so many questions that need to be answered and we do not get them until the end of the story.

This story is a good one and I will continue the series but only via Kindle or Paperback.

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  • Gorelenore
  • 20-05-19

Dragon's Future Review

I was very interested in this fantasy when I first read the synopsis. Dragons and riders and mystery, it was all so intriguing. I received the audiobook from a publicity agent and got into it pretty quickly. I found myself putting off listening to it and it took me a month to get through it, but it wasn't the story that was putting me off, it was the narrator of the audiobook.

The story is about a pair of twins that are chosen to be dragon riders, an elite group taken from their small village every so often. They are chosen by these dragons to ride them and they set off almost immediately into their new lives.

Later in the story we learn that there is another group of riders and they are looking for a way to find a mysterious herb that is said to help with new dragons and furthering the line. There is a lot of action in all this plot, but there are also a lot of characters - the twins, their dragons, their trainer and his dragon, their mother, the other townspeople and dragon riders and it made it hard to keep track of everyone. I think if I had read the book it would have been ok, but the narrator had the same voices for many of the characters and it was very difficult for me to keep track, on top of that the names were all very similar as well. That was my biggest issues though.

The battle scenes were very good and the characters all grew to some extent. I liked the communication between the riders and their dragons and the mystery that unraveled through the story which made for good pacing. I loved the dragons! Overall it was a good tale and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't the best audiobook I have listened to in terms of the narration. I would have liked more depth in that.

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  • CAP
  • 24-01-18

Fun MG Dragonrider Tale

This was a cute story. I love dragons, and this world was very interesting. There are dragons in the world, and dragonriders go out to collect children from the land to become new dragonriders. Though there is little information as to why since it's such a peaceful land. It's only told that they're for protecting the people and keeping the peace, perhaps like a Jedi Council type of thing. There doesn't seem to be much danger to warrant protection, at least in the past. This tale weaves a story where a few dragonriders break off the main ones over a disagreement. There's action, and a bit of a battle. I listened to the audiobook and can see why she had a few complaints on the narration, it was a bit slow, with some words over enunciated. It made it a lot easier to listen to when I changed my speed on my mp3 player to fast. I know this is considered a Middle Grade to Young Adult novel, but my largest complaint is the intelligence of the characters. Often times situations lead to dialog, which there is a lot of dialog in this book, it seems most of the world building is done through dialog, where when the characters are talking, they reach a conclusion that I saw several lines down. I just felt that, "How did it take them that long to figure this aspect out?" If it were one or two times, I wouldn't have thought much of it, but it happened several times, where the characters seemed way too slow to comprehend something that should have been common sense for the world. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, the dragons are interesting, the communication is cool, and the characters are interesting, if not a little confusing between Duskya and Ruskya.

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  • Nickie
  • 14-09-17

A Vivid Adventure!

If you could sum up Dragon's Future in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Adventurous And Lively

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon's Future?

At The Very End *no spoiler alerts here*

Which scene was your favorite?

When The Twins Were Chosen By Their Dragons..

Any additional comments?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • Jade Silhouete
  • 04-08-17

There be dragons here, and there.

This is one of those cute story's that makes you just want to keep listening. If your a young reader be warned there is talk of death but its not graphic and its short, it is also important to the story. I cant wait to listen to the next book.
I was given this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review, thank you so much

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 16-07-17

Great!

What did you love best about Dragon's Future?

I loved the world building and characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragon's Future?

The fight with the Turquoise Rider.

Any additional comments?

Great story all around. Loved the dragons! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • TU
  • 10-07-17

A decent YA fantasy book

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

This was a pretty decent fantasy book, though it is a YA one. It was a "coming of age" style story involving dragons and humans and their relationships. The narrator was good and the story held my interest. I'm contemplating playing this one for my son to see if he would like it.

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 06-07-17

Coming Of Age Tale with Dragons

I liked the story and enjoyed the relationships between dragon and human. It was a little difficult to follow in Audio since the names are extremely similar sounding. It took awhile to get into the story and there were parts that did not keep me engaged but for the most part it was a likable tale. Esther Hardcastle sis a great narration, I have no clue how she kept all of those names straight. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Believer50
  • 23-06-17

Surprised

I am not a reader of YA fiction often but this book was very good. The bond between dragons and riders was incredible. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded. As I listened to the book I begin to realize that for each set of twins born there was a set of dragon twins born as well. The father's disappearance was worrisome. I loved the interaction between the twins, Carol and the new rider. The narrator was very good and I understood the difference between the twins names very well. I got this book via audiobook boom.