Dragon Fateby J. D. Hallowell
Dragon Fate, the critically acclaimed first novel in J.D. Hallowell’s War of the Blades series, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic,/em>
Dragon Fate, the critically acclaimed first novel in J.D. Hallowell’s War of the Blades series, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.
Praise for Dragon Fate
“[One of the] top five indie-published books you haven’t read, but should . . . a well-written story that has everything a reader could want in a good fantasy.”
—Erin Eymard, New Orleans Books columnist
“Excellent . . . really well-written and compelling.”
—Geoffrey Kabaservice, author of Rule and Ruin
“If you are a fan of fantasy and dragon-lore, it would be hard to go wrong with Dragon Fate. . . . Action, adventure, and, of course, dragons. You will not be sorry.”
—Adam Byrn Tritt, author of “Ezekiel’s Wheel”
- Smithcraft Press
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)
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4.5 Stars! Delno is a decorated veteran of war who is trying to determine his place in society when something happens that changes his life forever. He encounters a wounded female dragon and learns he has been chosen to "bond" with the dragon's unhatched baby. What follows is a meticulous, well thought out adventure where you, the reader, get to experience the baby dragon's hatching, upbringing, training, and all the struggles the two of them endure as they both cope with learning what being bonded truly means. I really enjoyed this book. It delves into the relationship between dragon and rider quite extensively. The kingdom that this takes place in has only a limited number of dragon riders, and whereas the riders should be looking out for the wellbeing of the inhabitants, not all have peaceful intentions and start causing strife with other riders. I found myself laughing out loud at the exchanges between Delno and his dragon, Geneva. I sided with Geneva and wanted Delno to try riding her much earlier than he should have. The world-building was good. The different personalities of the characters were well defined. The best part was and is the relationship between human and dragon. I only had a few critiques. I noticed there were several areas that had excessive use of commas, stretching out some sentences to paragraph length. I was also curious about Delno's magic. New abilities kept popping up and I would have liked to have known how he knew what to do, whether he was instructed, or just had beginner's luck. Either way, it did little to distract from the story. Being a dragon lover I will typically pick up any book that has dragons featured in it provided they aren't portrayed as evil. Love dragons? Love reading about them? I encourage you to give this one a try! Great job, J.D.!
I appreciated the names and places in the book not being hard to pronounce or too long. I love "good" dragon books and not explicet sex and this book met all my expectations. I especially liked the look into dragon qualities. I hope you willwrte more 'dragon' books. Thanks.
I started this book and put it down before I should have. It is a little slow to start but once it gets moving you will find it is a good tale. While there is just too much minutia for a five star review from me the characters are rich and the story is compelling. I liked the relationships that evolve as the hero learns his role as a new dragon rider. The villain of the piece was a little cliche but that was only because he is not the main villain I believe. This first book clearly is leading us into a greater story scope and I for one will gladly read the next book to see just what will happen. If you like knowing the daily in and out of being a dragon rider in this world then you will adore this story. If you want more action, well keep reading, you will get it.
I love it
I have mixed feelings about Dragon Fate. On the positive side the writing was detailed and the world building was excellent. The description of the dragons, their strengths and weaknesses, was detailed enough to seem real. The magic system was well thought out and internally consistent. However, I found the characters to be a bit one dimensional. I was never surprised by their actions. Good guys were good guys and bad guys were bad guys. So while the storyline was interesting it lacked twists. Overall a good light read and room for more in the story.
A great read