If Johnson Farthing thought that life as poor cart pusher in the coastal town of Wead-Wodder was going to be his lot in life, then he was about to get a rude surprise, and not necessarily a good one.
Once it becomes clear that his beautiful younger sister has been kidnapped along with the daughter of the Prelate, his life is completely turned on its head. Farthing has to rush across a vast ocean and a huge continent carried by an incredible Sea Dragon and accompanied by a strange magician if he has even a chance to save his sister Rustina.
And very strangely, neither the rich Prelate nor his chief of police seem keen to even lift a finger.
Dirt, the first book in a huge, continent spanning saga where dragons are an intelligent, cultured people, magicians cannot destroy mountains with a magic wand and the heroes have no wish to become tyrannical kings and queens.v
But through all the dramatic events, the battles of life and death, Dirt is a place of humour, love and ultimately, the quest to find a home.
"I told Truk you would be slacking off the minute he turned his back," shouted the old fool, Barkles, who sold greasy vegetable pasties from a dusty stall on the corner. "Young people can't be trusted, I told him. I was right too."
"Shut your face, Barkles," Johnson shouted back as he grabbed his coat from his hand cart and put it around his shoulders to ward off a faint chill in the sea breeze. "I have been down that hole every day non-stop for nine days, and you know it too, since you have been feeding me your disgusting pies for most of them."
"Pastries, slacker. Not Pies; Pastries."
"I thought pastries were just posh pies?"
"Well, yours ain't posh. So they are definitely just pies."
"Ain't seen you complaining!"
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About the Author
CC Hogan is a writer and old muso that loves nothing more than cuddling up with an idea, a glass of wine, a pot of hot coffee and chucking words around happily. Alright, he also just likes cuddling, but that is less interesting. He is a Londoner born and bred but dreams of a tiny cottage by the sea. At the moment he is buried in a world called Dirt, a huge fantasy that spans a thousand years and is a tale of love, war, family and dragons. Unsurprisingly, in the book can be found a cottage by the sea... CC also likes to write poetry and is trying to learn how to draw. He is always happy to answer questions, though the quality of answers may depend on time of day, wine quantity, full stomach, lack of money and so forth...
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The epic fantasy Dirt by C. C. Hogan starts off slowly. I found the descriptions of the town and the monotony of Johnson Farthing's life as a poor cart pusher akin to the boredom of Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, but without all the symbolism. After the first chapter, when Farthing discovered that his sister Rusty is missing, the action and characters develop and so did my interest. Mr. Hogan creates an original story. As Farthing embarks on the adventure to rescue his sister, he meets magicians, dragons of many sorts, and fights many battles. I love the fact that Farthing and his companions are not super creatures endowed with super powers. They are normal people making the best of their situations and spurred on by a sense of "family." It is very easy to identify with the characters who, though fantastical, have flawed and endearing qualities. This is the first book in the Dirt Series, which is the beginning of the Dirt Saga. This is fortunate for us who enjoy these characters on their heroic adventures. As a bonus, the author's website provides maps, histories of the characters, and "anything and everything to do with the world of Dirt." Thus, Mr. Hogan, provides a "Dirt" experience beyond the books. What a wonderful idea! The only drawback to this book is that it needs editing. I found that the lack of hyphenation between compound nouns and adjectives made for difficult reading. If you can overlook this flaw (the reason I gave the book only four stars), you will enter a fantastical world and captivating story.
Welcome to the world called Dirt where dragons are real, magicians don’t need wands and the rest of society knows their place, never to rise above their station. Author C.C. Hogan has launched his Saga flagship novel with book One, Dirt as he carves out his world, his characters and thus begins his fantastical tale. Johnson Farthing toils at his job daily. He shifts dirt from one spot to another, day after day, year after year. He is nothing special, just another normal human without the gifts that could elevate him higher on the “food” chain. And then, it happened, his sister was kidnapped and Johnson will do anything to get her back. Rustina is special, and she is not the only victim, but the powerful Prelate doesn’t seem concerned about the disappearance of his daughter. What does he know that Johnson doesn’t? One thing Johnson does know is that he will stop at nothing, to save Rustina. So begins the incredible journey of Johnson Farthing, as he crosses oceans, treks across foreign lands and meets both friend and foe along the way. As his group of unlikely companions grows, Johnson finds himself in the company of a quirky magician, a sea-going dragon. Will these unlikely heroes save the day or is this just the tip of the iceberg for the new life and adventures of the once lowly dirt shifter? C.C. Hogan says he wrote a tale he would like to read, which means it comes from his soul as a magical world unfolds before us with a cast of characters that are endearing, where the battle of good versus evil is a constant reminder that the world they live in is not perfect and a battle for a better life for all is on the air. Follow Johnson as he discovers a new him, an improved him as he tears down the invisible barriers he has always lived behind. Prepare for humorous moments during times of darkness, unexpected twists and help from unlikely sources. Enjoy the details of each scene, imagine the sights as seen through Johnson’s eyes as he witnesses new lands and meets the people who inhabit them. Part adventure, part coming of age in a world on the verge of change and part mastering the art of building relationships and learning when to trust and when to watch out for darkness and deceit. Driven by amazing characters, this is definitely an epic fantasy in the making. Sit back, relax and travel to the world called Dirt. Well-written, fabulous dialogue, inspiring and creatively mesmerizing, C.C. Hogan is creating a strong platform for more in this epic series. I received an ARC edition from C.C. Hogan in exchange for my honest review.
I have to say that I really did want to like this book. I repeat, I really wanted to like this one. The premise caught my eye and intrigued me. I just couldn't find myself being invested in the characters. I wanted a clearer bit of world building, especially those involving the different varieties of dragons and humans. This bogged down for me in many ways. The antagonist came across superficial, nothing developing save that he was "the villain" as it were. And then it bogged down even more as the war was commencing. I had difficulty following the story lines as characters were pulled in and pulled out. I would have loved to have the relationships between the humans and the dragons built more fully. And with that said, I'd already gone ahead and downloaded the next two books in the series, given that this book was a free E-read and the other two not expensive. I tried to read the second one, but the whole story line bogged down and dragged even further. If some of the plotting and character development had been made a little deeper and more fully, it would have been a great read. I finally gave up after the second book and archived all three of them. If this series had been just a little more crafted, it would have lived up to its promise. Not worth the free read in my opinion, to be honest.