Customer Review

Reviewed in India on 24 April 2019
I usually love stories with dragons. This book had one on the cover and a good rating here, and without further ado, I purchased the book.
It was a good read, even if muddy in parts.

So the good things for me, in no particular order:
1. Dragons & Wyverns

2. The women : The rulers, the warriors, the dragon riders, the dragon slayers, the mages, there are strong women through out. Interestingly enough, women are not put on a pedestal here, we see that many traitorous machinations originate from women too.
P.s : The queen is a character I felt nothing for as we started out, but her character arc is very well done.

3. Absolute normalcy of queer relationships throughout the book settings. People of the upper echelons of society may not join in "companionship" because of their social status but their same sex relationship is not a taboo.

4. Love & Romance : While the setting and backgrounds are romantic in ways, the narrative is not needlessly peppered with hidden looks of longing and visions of heaving bosoms.There is plenty of love in the book but it's not only of the amorous kind. It's also love towards family, motherland, country, people, traditions & beliefs.

What I did not like were the descriptions.

Introductory descriptions are important, that's how we have the image of the person. The main characters should be described well, or at least memorably.

While the clothes were described well, I struggled to put a face to many characters. Maybe it's that I unwittingly skimmed it, but I did not notice Ead's description nor Tane's. I first noticed Ead's description maybe half the book in, which is very late.

The eastern dragons were also not described well. Other than a curt mention regarding the number of toes and a point of wings nothing was mentioned. Nayimathun gets a slightly better description, but it feels half done.

I also would have liked a description of what about be considered an average wyverns in general, but in all fairness the Wyverns and their genetic inter-breeds were described a little more.

I also did not enjoy the final war scene. It was a little confusing (Who peeled away the scale from no name? Was it Tane or Nayimathum with the broken sword?)

While I am glad this is a stand alone book, I would have happily read this book divided into three with more details about the characters and more information about the creatures & mythology involved.

I feel like this is a prequel to something big planned for this universe, as there too many loose ends and too many unexplained phenomena.
This felt like reading the hobbit, ignoring the sheer size of this book of course, which makes me wonder if there is an equivalent to LOTR coming up?
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