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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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4 out of 4 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 April 16, 2012

    Draykon tell the story of LLandry, a talented jeweler who has so

    Draykon tell the story of LLandry, a talented jeweler who has some pretty extreme social anxiety. While wandering through the forest one day she discovers a cavern filled with a wondrous new stone. She calls it "istore" and begins to set the stones into her jewelry fixtures. Their popularity explodes and everything is going great until her customers start to turn up dead.

    I really enjoyed Charlotte's writing style and her unique world. The seven realms were a bit confusing a first, but as I read more I was able to understand them much better. The races she introduced had some very interesting properties as well. As the tale follows Llandry she explores some of the other realms and discovers some secrets about her past, which really helps add some depth to her character. Since Llandry has such limited social interaction her character doesn't develop as most do. I may have related to her a little bit more than most since I have some social anxiety issues myself.

    This is a series that I will be following for sure and I'll keep an eye out for anything else that Charlotte writes.

    Review copy provided by the author.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Good read

    Not bad for a free book. Starts a bit slow but draws you in along the way. The ending had me hooked and i had to buy the next in the series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Quick read

    This was pretty well written. Not a five star, but it kept me entertained for a couple nights. Way too short for me. If you like books less than 200 pages, and you like Sci Fi, read this. You shouldn't be disappointed.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

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    4 Stars for a Good Fantasy Read Review: "Draykon&qu


    4 Stars for a Good Fantasy Read

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    "Draykon" by Charlotte E. English was indeed a cute fantasy with lots of mystery. The author was able to tell the story using a very detailed fantasy world that seened real. The words were quite different and that made it a little hard for me but I did get through this read. Words like 'orting, 'shortig,' and 'gwaystrel' (and many more) were used in this fantasy novel and I will only say you will have to read "Draykon" to figure out just what these names are referring to. You may be surprised.

    The setting of this story was in Glinnery but I was a little confused that at sometime in the novel I didn't know where I was at that time... I know there were seven realms with each having there own strange names and people. Then there were the upper and lower realms and really I didn't know where I was.... but going back and re- reading I was able to finally figure it out. This could be made a little clearer for the reader. Maybe a map was needed (smile). I know that is just part of the fantasy and I am keeping that in my mind.
    Another notation I would like to say....The beautiful stone was refer to as a 'istore' (mysterious gem) and for the life of me I didn't understand that word for this stone. However, the word 'instore' did make it very interesting mystery.

    I did like the way the author used her twist and turns in the novel. That really made it a good read because you were left wanting to know just what was going to happen next. The author uses a lots of imagination.

    The characters were unique...starting with Llandry, Eva, Tren, Fin, Ana, Griel, Mrs. Geslin, Ynara, Vale, Aysun, and Devary .... I am sure I left out a few .... really were an interesting group of people...summoners and sorcerers...hunting the creatures and there is the draykon.

    The ending of "Draykon" was quite different and I will not tell you about it...you will only have to read this good read. If you are in for a good fantasy mystery... this one is for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Was a very good Liked!

    Was a very good read. I would enjoy reading more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Draykon: the thick book

    Critters, folks, monsters, a new take on all that stuff, but without many swords!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Excelent series!!!!

    Well written with colorful characters!
    I read on a Nook and this book was over 700 pages long, I don't understand the comnents about it being short! All three books are longer than most books I've read and are all well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Great book

    Great reading cant wait to read the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    A+

    kept my attention, not an easy task :) pretty good read

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    I enjoyed Draykon. The story was well thought out, flowed nicely

    I enjoyed Draykon. The story was well thought out, flowed nicely, & had a few surprises. Llandry and Eva seem to share the main character role, and are both very likable. As well as their male companions, Tren and Devary.
    The slight horror side of the story keeps you somewhat on edge. The landscape for the scenes are all beautifully described, they sound like places I wish to go.
    The ending is a nice surprise but leaves you hanging for book 2. I personally can't wait to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    great book

    This is great book, looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

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    Okay fantasy read.

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