Dragon's Lair

Dragon's Lair
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn

Eon (Eon, #1)Eon by Alison Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I wish I would have read this book when it first came out. It has absolutely everything that I have wanted in a book, at least recently. First off the story is about Dragon spirits based on the Chinese Zodiac, and the culture is very Chinese, which is amazing to me. There is the complexity of court intrigue as well as the double standards of men and women that was present in the ancient cultures. This book flows very well, and very quickly, I was able to read this book in less than 3 days, which was refreshing as I haven't been able to read a book like this in that fast in a long time as I have been working. I love the writing style and the imagery that is used. It is used very well and while it gives you a sense of what is going on around the characters it does not take away from the characters. The characters also play their roles very very well. Each one has a specific niche that they fit into and they fit into that niche very well. All of the characters feel very real, as if they are literally jumping out of the page and playing the book out for you right in front of you. The twists and turns in the book at times made me mad as they didn't always go the way I wanted but they kept me reading and kept me interested. Some of them were predictable but they were exactly what I wanted them to be, an that made the book so much better. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Dragon Literature or even Chinese literature. I can't wait to read the next book and I believe the Author should work on some prequels about 500 years or so prior to this story.

Now for my favorite Character, Definitely Eon/Eona, but I also like Rilla. I like that she is devoted to her son Chart, as well as to her masters, even after she is freed. Both Rilla and Eon/Eona are strong female characters in a male dominated society. Even though they are strong they do have their weaknesses and that makes them all the more real, which I have noticed is a common trend in modern novels.

For my least favorite Character, Ido and Dillon. I don't like Ido because he is the villain and just someone that you want to hate if you like the main character as he is the perfect foil to Eon/Eona. While she is soft, kind, and learning, he is brash, angry, and full of himself even though he does not have all of the answers. I didn't like Dillon because of how his character changes through the book, granted he was being drugged but at the same time i think his ending could have been better.

So I highly recommend this book for someone who likes dragon novels or novels set in China or Chinese like cultures.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Dragon Fate

Sorry for the time between posts, will try to be more consistent Dragon FateDragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would say this book is a 3.5. The reason for that is that it is a really good book, the characters are well developed and the interactions between the characters are awesome, but as for actual story there isn't much of one. I mean there is an overarching plot with some very good twists thrown in but at the same time the story did seem a little generic to me. Maybe i have just read too many dragon books, lol. This would be a very good book for the first Dragon book someone reads as there are many good ideas presented but for someone who is used to reading more detailed and innovative dragon novels I don't think it would be for you, but that is just my opinion. The characters work very well together, and I don't mean that in how they interact but in that their styles work together well. I do like the concept of magic that is presented even though it is a fairly common view of it, there are some new ideas that i liked, primarily the correlation between prayers and chants to magic. I do also like the writing style of the author, he allows the reader to get used to the characters slowly and learn with them. The downside to this is that the progression is fairly slow. The main action scenes of this book are well done even if they are typically short. The chapters of this book are short also, max being about 10 pages, that is no problem to me as it does keep the story flowing.

My favorite character in this book is definitely Delno and his dragon Geneva. They are both strong lead characters and they are very respectable individuals. I also like how Delno uses his brain over his brawn in many ways. I did like Rita, but that may just be that I am a guy, read the book to find out why. And on that topic there are actually none of those scenes but that fits this book, though the book does say that the scenes occur.

The characters i had the most contenpt for was definitely Brock. The main reason that I don't like Brock is that he assumes that Delno is as learned as he is in being a Rider while he tries to teach Delno to not assume anything. I just wish that this didn't come out in the book i wish that it had. I didn't like Simcha but i liked him more than Brock for the reason that he was for the most part logical in his actions, though his reasons are not logical at first their reasons are eventually shown.

So I would recommend this book to get people into dragon books but i am not sure how much i would recommend this for an avid dragon reader.

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