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Curse of the Ice Dragon
     

Curse of the Ice Dragon

4.6 13
by Tara West
 

From the bestselling paranormal author of The Whispers Series comes a new fantasy saga.

Born with mark of the Mighty Hunter, Markus has the skill and strength to feed his people, but not to confront his own tyrannical father. Shamed by his cowardice, Markus releases his frustration on the forest creatures.

The village prophet warns that Markus's

Overview

From the bestselling paranormal author of The Whispers Series comes a new fantasy saga.

Born with mark of the Mighty Hunter, Markus has the skill and strength to feed his people, but not to confront his own tyrannical father. Shamed by his cowardice, Markus releases his frustration on the forest creatures.

The village prophet warns that Markus's reckless ways will bring down The Hunter’s Curse, and for every animal Markus kills, his loved ones will suffer the same fate. When the warnings go unheeded, the Sky Goddess unleashes her ice dragon. Now Markus must flee the dragon without killing it or his beloved brother will die.

Markus's flight takes him to the lands of the mysterious Ice People. There, the beautiful maiden Ura helps Markus learn the compassion and courage he needs to face the wrath of the Goddess, but the final confrontation will not be without price, as Markus must choose between the life of his brother and the fate of the girl he loves.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044968615
Publisher:
Tara West
Publication date:
09/21/2012
Series:
Keepers of the Stones
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
858,256
File size:
726 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

A former Texas high school teacher, Tara enjoyed coaching her writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise her baby girl, Tara now works from home as a novelist and cover artist.

In her spare time, Tara loves to read, exercise and spend time with her family and friends. She contributes the cover art for her Whispers Series and has designed covers for over 500 other books. She’d love for you to visit her at www.tarawest.com or her blog at http://tarawestauthor.wordpress.com/ where you can check out her paranormal and fantasy books and sample her artwork.

Expect to see more of the Whispers Series and Keepers of the Stone saga soon.

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Curse of the Ice Dragon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a unique and captivating story.  It’s definitely one of a kind.  It is a cautionary tale through and through with a very fable-esque feel to it.  You can definitely see the battle between morality and the human condition.  Yet at the same time it is a captivating and adventurous fantasy for those of all ages.  Combine this with her very well developed and unique concept of dragons and you have yourself a winner.  West has an eloquent and enjoyable writing style.  I found it easy to follow and this world to get lost in.  This isn’t one of those stories where you can read a few chapters here and there.  Once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down again.   I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Markus, the main character, was developed.  He was a multifaceted character without readers finding out everything about him.  At the same time, the way he carries himself I forgot how young he was at times, while at the same time West never makes him seem older than he is.  The agelessness really allows everyone to connect with him.  It was really neat to see this well-developed main character come into his own as an individual and discover his true self.  I really enjoyed getting to know him on his journey.  I was instantly drawn to Markus and Alec.  Their bond is so intense that you can’t help but envy it.  I actually felt a connection with more than one of the supporting characters.  They were all such fantastic individuals, and developed as such, that you can’t help but enjoy them.  My heart broke for more than one of these characters. Will I be reading more from this series and from this new-to-me author?   You can bet on it. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love Tara West and her books (series). Can't wait to see what adventures Marcus has next.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting story and the first novel I've read by Tara West. I received a copy of this via Net Galley and the formatting was less than ideal especially when there were sentences missing or interposed in the wrong place. However, I enjoyed the author's imagination as she built the world around Markus and his brother Alec. The Kingdom of the Ice People was inventive. The author wove a typical story of a cruel boy who ultimately learned the consequences of his cruelty. While the book kept my interest, most of the story lines were left unresolved and the book ended on a major cliff hanger. Not sure I care enough to seek out the sequel.
Bearhug33SK More than 1 year ago
This story is one of my favs. With each page turned new excitement is found. Following a teen through his quest to end a curse put on him through his own actions leads to an unexpected ending of the book. I can't wait for the next book.
Year-in-Books More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love all of the authors that I follow on Facebook and Twitter. Recently, I was lucky enough to log on just as one of them posted a giveaway for a copy of Tara West’s Curse of the Ice Dragon (which I was subsequently a recipient of – yay :-) ). I was drawn to Curse of the Ice Dragon immediately because it’s still within the realm of fantasy (which I love) but is geared more toward younger readers though it still very much appeals to any age. The first in the Keepers of the Stones series, Curse of the Ice Dragon follows Markus – a young man born with the mark of the Mighty Hunter. After years of keeping his village from starving – he never misses what he aims at — he incurs the wrath of the Ice Goddess by triggering the Hunter’s Curse. Markus must leave home when the Ice Goddess releases the Ice Dragon to hunt him down so he can keep his village safe. Unable to kill the dragon or risk killing his brother as well, Markus heads to the mountain to try to appeal to the goddess to lift the curse. Along the way, he encounters people who teach and show him how to be a better person. Within this incredibly world created by West, Curse of the Ice Dragon highlights traits that are valued in society – from being an honorable person to resourcefulness, creativity and love. Intricately interwoven into Markus’ world, West is able to create and showcase an amazing mythology and faith for the world’s dwellers. I felt as if this truly could have a world I could step into (should I be willing to give up my technology). I could see the creatures described and wanted to join Markus in his adventures in the world. I look forward to reading the continuing stories in this series because I can see it becoming something akin to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series or Pittacus Lore’s Lorien Legacies series. Happy Reading :-)
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This is an okay book not my favorite book butit's not bad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is so cool! Gunter quiet. LOL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story. Can't wait till the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss West has made me a fan for life. Eragon with a twist. Better even. Looking forward to the next in the series.