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Draykon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Excellent!

To me, this book epitomizes the fantasy genre almost as well as "Sabriel" by Garth Nix. Charlotte's style is smooth, polished, and most of all, extremely readable. This book is a great read for anyone who likes fantasy, and I will definitely be getting the next in the s...
To me, this book epitomizes the fantasy genre almost as well as "Sabriel" by Garth Nix. Charlotte's style is smooth, polished, and most of all, extremely readable. This book is a great read for anyone who likes fantasy, and I will definitely be getting the next in the series.

posted by 11724760 on August 4, 2012

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

At first, DRAYKON seemed a bit juvenile, with winged fairies liv

At first, DRAYKON seemed a bit juvenile, with winged fairies living in
trees and an insecure young protagonist, but after a few chapters, the
book really grew on me. The world-building was unique, with three
different planes of existence and multiple realms within the “...
At first, DRAYKON seemed a bit juvenile, with winged fairies living in
trees and an insecure young protagonist, but after a few chapters, the
book really grew on me. The world-building was unique, with three
different planes of existence and multiple realms within the “middle”
plane that aligned themselves with one or the other of the “upper” and
“lower” planes. As the characters traveled through the world and the
plot unfolded, the complexity and true depth of the story was revealed.
However, while I enjoyed the story, and it was fun to read, nothing
hooked me to the point of never letting go. It was like taking a stroll
through a lovely park, rather than riding a fast and furious
rollercoaster; enjoyable, but not thrilling. Characters: *** 3 Stars
Llandry is an immature twenty-something, afraid of crowds and insecure
in her own skin. A young jeweler, fame overwhelms her when she discovers
a rare gemstone and uses it in her designs. As the story progresses,
Llandry starts to take some risks and attempts to assert herself, to
mixed results, but I enjoyed seeing her grow and develop. Eva is almost
an opposite to Llandry. She’s older, wiser, and confident in her
abilities. She is also friends with Llandry’s mother and as their worlds
collide, she provides a good foil for the younger woman. Devary comes in
to the story as a mystery, and stays that way. I’m not sure if he is a
love interest, a babysitter, or just a friend of Llandry’s mother, but
he does help bring Llandry out of hiding and into the world, literally
and figuratively. Plot: **** 4 Stars Draykon moved along at a nice
easy “goldilocks” pace; neither too fast nor too slow. The author does a
great job of twisting together different plot lines until they finally
meet toward the end of the novel, revealing a big “AHA!” moment. My one
complaint was the choice of the name of the jewel: an istore gem made me
think of an Apple product, as in an ipod or an iphone, and I couldn’t
get that out of my head for the whole story. Setting: **** 4 Stars
Draykon seemed like a wonderful world, very well-drawn and easy to
imagine, though fantastical. I loved the concept of the realms being
aligned with the “upper” and “lower” planes, the upper being light,
bright, and airy, and the lower being dark, shadowed, and chaotic. Eva’s
realm, Glour, is aligned with the lower realm, and exists in the dark.
As a result, all of the people of Glour are extremely sensitive to the
light and the environment has evolved to thrive in nighttime conditions.
Meanwhile, the Glinnish people are winged and live in perpetual daytime.
The author did a great job bringing the flying into the story, when
Llandry’s escapes had to be faster or higher than her pursuers.
Romance: * 1 Star Llandry and Devary seemed to have a bit of a thing
going on, but they never did anything about it. There was a nice scene
at the end, when Llandry saves Devary’s life, but at that point it was
too late to have a great romance. Perhaps in later books their
relationship will deepen, but for this first book I wanted more from
them both. Genre: Adventure Fantasy: *** 3 Stars DRAYKON is a fun, easy
story to read, but lacks the extreme highs and lows of a great
adventure. It’s a book that would be a great beach read, when you want
to have something undemanding that you can put aside for a little while
but quickly remember when you return. Note: This review was requested
by the author. The only compensation received was a free copy of the book.

posted by EnterThePortal on August 28, 2012

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    At first, DRAYKON seemed a bit juvenile, with winged fairies liv

    At first, DRAYKON seemed a bit juvenile, with winged fairies living in
    trees and an insecure young protagonist, but after a few chapters, the
    book really grew on me. The world-building was unique, with three
    different planes of existence and multiple realms within the “middle”
    plane that aligned themselves with one or the other of the “upper” and
    “lower” planes. As the characters traveled through the world and the
    plot unfolded, the complexity and true depth of the story was revealed.
    However, while I enjoyed the story, and it was fun to read, nothing
    hooked me to the point of never letting go. It was like taking a stroll
    through a lovely park, rather than riding a fast and furious
    rollercoaster; enjoyable, but not thrilling. Characters: *** 3 Stars
    Llandry is an immature twenty-something, afraid of crowds and insecure
    in her own skin. A young jeweler, fame overwhelms her when she discovers
    a rare gemstone and uses it in her designs. As the story progresses,
    Llandry starts to take some risks and attempts to assert herself, to
    mixed results, but I enjoyed seeing her grow and develop. Eva is almost
    an opposite to Llandry. She’s older, wiser, and confident in her
    abilities. She is also friends with Llandry’s mother and as their worlds
    collide, she provides a good foil for the younger woman. Devary comes in
    to the story as a mystery, and stays that way. I’m not sure if he is a
    love interest, a babysitter, or just a friend of Llandry’s mother, but
    he does help bring Llandry out of hiding and into the world, literally
    and figuratively. Plot: **** 4 Stars Draykon moved along at a nice
    easy “goldilocks” pace; neither too fast nor too slow. The author does a
    great job of twisting together different plot lines until they finally
    meet toward the end of the novel, revealing a big “AHA!” moment. My one
    complaint was the choice of the name of the jewel: an istore gem made me
    think of an Apple product, as in an ipod or an iphone, and I couldn’t
    get that out of my head for the whole story. Setting: **** 4 Stars
    Draykon seemed like a wonderful world, very well-drawn and easy to
    imagine, though fantastical. I loved the concept of the realms being
    aligned with the “upper” and “lower” planes, the upper being light,
    bright, and airy, and the lower being dark, shadowed, and chaotic. Eva’s
    realm, Glour, is aligned with the lower realm, and exists in the dark.
    As a result, all of the people of Glour are extremely sensitive to the
    light and the environment has evolved to thrive in nighttime conditions.
    Meanwhile, the Glinnish people are winged and live in perpetual daytime.
    The author did a great job bringing the flying into the story, when
    Llandry’s escapes had to be faster or higher than her pursuers.
    Romance: * 1 Star Llandry and Devary seemed to have a bit of a thing
    going on, but they never did anything about it. There was a nice scene
    at the end, when Llandry saves Devary’s life, but at that point it was
    too late to have a great romance. Perhaps in later books their
    relationship will deepen, but for this first book I wanted more from
    them both. Genre: Adventure Fantasy: *** 3 Stars DRAYKON is a fun, easy
    story to read, but lacks the extreme highs and lows of a great
    adventure. It’s a book that would be a great beach read, when you want
    to have something undemanding that you can put aside for a little while
    but quickly remember when you return. Note: This review was requested
    by the author. The only compensation received was a free copy of the book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    intriquing

    The beginning was rough and it took awhile to find a flow but i ejoyed the storyline very much

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

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    This is honestly good for a free e-book (wow is there a lot of u

    This is honestly good for a free e-book (wow is there a lot of utter badness out there in the free e-books!), and it's pretty solid for a fantasy book overall. The exposition is a bit florid, and the plot pacing gets a little weird (I didn't realize that I'd hit the climax point of the book until I realized I was on the last page), but it's an enjoyable story with sympathetic and fairly well-drawn characters. I have already bought the second book in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Recommended Reading Based on Genre - Fantasy Fiction

    Picked up as future read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    To: Enter The Portal

    Thank you for your wonderful review. I really appreciate you taking the time to post reviews that actually say something. To anyone else reading this, check out enter the portal review. On to reading this novel!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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