Dragon Outcast: Age of Fire Book 3
Written by E.E. Knight.
Narrated by David Drummond.
Of the original clutch on the egg shelf in Dragon Champion, the one we always wondered about, the Copper with a maimed front leg is the subject of this installment. Oh to what levels we sink when desperate enough and then some of us find the grit to climb back up.
The Copper, unnamed by his parents due to being outcast, survives the treachery he caused in the Lair to go deep, deep under the Earth. His diet became a collection of unmentionables, he kept the company of disgusting bats, he hid under the prows of Dwarven river boats and escaped into a land ruled by his own kind…The Lava Dome.
The Tyre adopts him and names him after a well regarded ancestor. He gains title, respect after a fashion and even finds love while overcoming life’s…disabilities. Then he is ambushed by treachery again and must become a leader.
If I’ve managed to spoil anything for you in these three paragraphs then you should really stop reading reviews. I’m giving this a four out of five. I may be impatient but I’m ready for the surviving siblings to meet as adults. This series is fun, action packed and the story is vividly told with descriptive language leaving you reaching to wipe at imaginary Dragon droppings. Enjoy!
The First Key of Kalijor
Written by Paul Lell
Katrina and Rianna Thorindal are sisters who live in the massive city of Rathalon in the land of Kalijor. They set out on a quest driven at their mother’s request, one of them anyway, to find an old friend who has turned evil and turned their other mother into a Gollum. It seems like Riana is having increasing trouble keeping her blood from spilling out of her nose and flying off in uncontrollable rages. I’ve known some women like that.
Ree and Willhelmina work as couriers for a gnome like man named Xavier. He has them trained in advanced combat tactics and outfitted like seals to run important errands for Solidarity Online, a solar system spanning online interactive gaming company. Industrial espionage is literally war.
The girls-women are in and out of the game so much that real versus virtual become a blur. Exotic characters in the game could be NPCs or they could represent players from the outside wheeling and dealing on the inside.
The action is fairly consistent and the characters stay true to themselves as things develop leading to a lot of entertainment. In Kalijor many type of people are involved ranging from Elves, Dwarves and Trolls to half-breed dragons and satyrs. Outside many people in society have chosen to physically alter themselves including many gene level mods leading to almost the same level of variety.
This is the first of a series and I’m giving it a four out of five. You can also check out his website for all you would need to embark on a table top RPG of Kalijor. Great work Paul Lell!
Blood and Bane: The Dragon Sage Chronicles
Audible Audiobook version.
by CJ McKee
narrated by Wendy Anne Darling
The Realms of Arydd are ruled in cooperation between King Ra’saad and the Dragon High Council of Three. The go-between and stave mentor, Galddor, is hard taxed in this story by dealing with wayward pupils bent on creating chaos and exacting revenge. Elves, goblins, mountain dragons, sea dragons…plenty going on and all the sidelines are used in telling this tale.
Wendy Anne Darling’s voice is delightful to listen to as she narrates the story. This work is a great escape and I’m giving it five stars in this version. Well done.