Friday, 10 July 2015

Book Review: The Dragon's Call (The Dragon Throne Book 1)



General Information


Publisher: FantaFire Press
Year of publication: 2012
Number of chapters: 28
Number of pages: 238
Author: K.W. McCabe

Plot summary: (blurb)


In a war-torn world, a careless act of destruction wakes a creature of myth and legend - a dragon. Mankind unites to battle for survival, but when dragons enter the fray in human form... humans lose. Three decades later, Cecily lives in an enclave with her father and brother. Ignorant of life before the war, she placidly obeys the restrictions imposed by dragonkind. Stifled by court life, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, commits a petty crime. To avoid punishment and chronic boredom, he escapes to the enclave. His arrival sparks increased tension when he meets Cecily. She realizes the limitations on her freedom, and Derek discovers his life is built on a lie. Their forbidden friendship threatens to splinter the separation between their people, but something more dangerous occurs. A mysterious killer has kidnapped Cecily's mother - and seems to be stalking Cecily. Derek and Cecily must defy the rules of their society to find and stop the murderer before Cecily is next.


Positive points


This was a great story. It kept my interest from the start. One of those stories where you want to keep reading to see what happens next. It wasn't too predictable and the pace of the plot was just right. It picked up nicely as the story unfolded and ended leaving you wanting more. Great job!

Negative points


There is not much that is negative, but if I was to be really fussy I would say that a little work could have improved the emotions side of the characters. There was a tendency to tell the reader how they felt instead of showing and the use of adverbs to describe certain emotions. But it didn't take anything away from the enjoyment of the plot.

What makes this book unique


It has dragons that are people! What could be more unique than that! It was an interesting concept.

Overall impression


A great story well worth a read. It will appeal to all kinds of readers. Young adult, dragon and fantasy fans, and even a hint of teen romance.

My rating


A very well deserved four stars! If it wasn't for the telling I would have given it five.





Where to buy The Dragon's Call


Amazon US


Amazon UK



Meet the author



K.W. McCabe has loved fairy tales, Sci-fi, and fantasy all her life, and has been writing stories and poems of that nature since she could first spell. She has worked, in the past, as a library assistant, a baby sitter, a counseling hotline intern, and as a case manager. She maintains that art and writing can only be done when inspired, and inspiration comes from a sufficient amount of laziness. Currently, she is working on Dragon Kin.

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