Draykon [NOOK Book]

Overview

Shy jeweller Llandry Sanfaer finds herself at the centre of a sensation when she discovers a new and mesmerising gemstone. When some of her customers are killed for their coveted istore jewellery, Llandry is propelled into danger herself. As her mother’s friend Eva Glostrum races to unmask the murderer, Llandry must uncover the true nature of the stone before she too becomes a victim.

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Draykon

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Overview

Shy jeweller Llandry Sanfaer finds herself at the centre of a sensation when she discovers a new and mesmerising gemstone. When some of her customers are killed for their coveted istore jewellery, Llandry is propelled into danger herself. As her mother’s friend Eva Glostrum races to unmask the murderer, Llandry must uncover the true nature of the stone before she too becomes a victim.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011494130
  • Publisher: Charlotte E. English
  • Publication date: 9/2/2011
  • Series: Draykon , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,633
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Born and raised in England, Charlotte now lives in the Netherlands with her partner and two cats. She is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction and has been writing stories and scripts in the genre since her teenage years.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    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 series.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

    "Draykon" by Charlotte E. English depicts a young girl

    "Draykon" by Charlotte E. English depicts a young girl of dubious descent that finds what she believes are gem stones and
    inadvertently introduces them into the mainstream where she lives. Factions unknown to her begin to encroach on her life forcing
    unbelievable carnage.

    The world Charlotte English has created is lush, deep and complicated while maintaining a continuity that, for the most part,
    establishes itself as human. The background on the Draykons/Dragons is exceptionally clever and her characters are not just
    engaging, but real. This book was truly a treat and I have already started the second installment - Lokant.
    Excellent, excellent work!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

    4 out of 4 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 March 29, 2012

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


    4 Stars for a Good Fantasy Read

    Review:

    "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.

    3 out of 3 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 August 29, 2014

    I see this book is free for Nook right now, GET IT! I loved thi

    I see this book is free for Nook right now, GET IT! I loved this series, I wish there were more books to it, you're never too old for Fairies. If you like fantasy, you'll love these. They are very well written, the characters have depth and personality, the description of the multi-universe world is colorful and creative. And, there is no filler, you'll want to read every word. After reading "Draykon" you'll want to buy "Lokant" and Orlind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Very satisfying fantasy

    Draykon is a well-constructed fantasy with engaging characters, interesting plot development, and an articulate, smooth writing style. I can see it appealing to YA as well as more mature readers. Five stars, with a small deduction fir the all too prevalent moment of incredible stupidity inspired by (pick one) love, honor, an unfortunate instance of writer's block when plot advancement is needed. Okay, that was crabby, but when you're having a really great day and a mosquito bites you, you goota scratch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    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 September 10, 2013

    lb

    recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Simply put boring

    I tried so hard to finish this book but I got to chapter 10 and still can't find it interesting. All I can say is I'm so glad it was free.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Anonymous

    Kept me interested, great reading!

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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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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