Dragon's Future

Dragon's Future

by Kandi J Wyatt


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ISBN-13: 9781533212351
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils.
Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a "light stand with feet." To learn more, visit kandijwyatt.com.

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Dragon's Future 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I tried so hard to plow through this book. Searching for the slightest bit of action. When action finally took place, it was brief and not very exciting. The author is more concerned with telling a story than giving us as readers some reason to keep reading it. I won't attempt to continue reading a dragon rider series where nothing exciting happens at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Content Ratings: Heat: One mention in passing of a female Dragon being forcibly bred - she herself does not think much of it and only her human rider reacts. Profanity: None. The closest thing is characters taking vows and/or oaths “by my dragon.” Violence: Minimal. There are multiple battle scenes and references to characters being burned or wounded, but none of it is described in gratuitous detail. Dragon’s Future is a middle-grade fantasy novel somewhat similar to the “sword and sorcery” genre, though genuinely “magical” elements are minimal. The setting is a village mountain community in an unnamed fantasy world. The society is an essentially simple one where leadership is inherently voluntary and decentralized in a way unfeasible in a more complex civilization. The village lives under the protection of an order of “dragon riders” who seem to function as a cross between peacekeepers, warriors, and game hunters. The story starts off with a straightforward prologue when both protagonists are ten “winters” (years old), describing how both were chosen by their dragons at a special ceremony. From that point up until the epilogue, we see them at age 25 as full-fledged dragon riders. There are several action sequences, but the plot is heavily centered around the characters and their personal relationships. The theme of “bonds” is particularly prominent - bonds between siblings, parents and children, and riders and dragons form the basis for much of the storyline. This can make the book a slow read at times, but helps avoid a preachy or didactic tone that is often associated with Christian or Christian-written fiction. The book’s “message” as it exists, is entirely a function of the characters and their choices. Another theme that shows up is the opposition between two different approaches to the vocation of “dragon rider”: control by force and coercion vs. an equal relationship of mutual service. By extension, this is also illustrated between two competing human groups in which dragon riders are the natural leaders. While I would consider this book “fiction written by a Christian” rather than “Christian Fiction” (it contains no spiritual or theological references), this is clearly a parallel to biblical “servant leadership”. One element I found particularly interesting was the portrayal of dragons as courageous yet inherently peaceful beings. The main conflict stems from what virtually all the characters regard as unthinkable: a dragon - and its rider - exercising violence towards humans. How could a dragon do this? This is almost a complete reversal of the traditional literary symbol, and the story becomes all the more original for doing so. The book also makes extensive use of unexpected revelations, with unknown facts being discovered about multiple characters. These generally work well for the story, though some could perhaps be more drawn out for dramatic purposes. The characters also use elevated, somewhat archaically formal dialogue, which fits well with their setting (one criticism I have is that we still run across modern terms such “okay” which can feel misplaced in this context). All in all, I would recommend Dragon’s Future to anyone who enjoys a fresh take on Dragon lore and a story about familial ties. A nice addition to anyone’s middle grade fiction library and a promising start by an indie author.
Evelina_AvalinahsBooks More than 1 year ago
To start off, the story was a little bit hard to get into. I didn't enjoy the fact that literally pretty much a few pages in, the children just BAM and grow up. Suddenly they're, what, 20? 25? Last time I checked, they were ten. I don't like jumpiness like that, especially when there's nothing to fill the gap. Those decades could have been at least briefly summarized. However, after this first mishap, the story is quite enjoyable. There are a lot of characters, and almost all are pleasant and nice, although none too fleshed out. They're quite archetypical, but it works well in a traditional fantasy story. The story is easy to follow, has good morals and, come on - dragons! So it would make sense to also talk about the dragons. I'm not expert, as I haven't read many dragon stories (remember the whole "I don't read a lot of fantasy" bit?), but I felt that the dragons were a wonderful thing in this book. They were smart, sentient, they could talk (telepathically), and they were generally honorable and wise. And beautiful as well! The dragons and the riders shared a specific bond that was generally not replaceable, and if a rider died, so could the dragon. One more thing - the dragons chose their own riders. They were not chosen. Unfortunately, as much as I liked the story and the dragons, I found the setting incredibly lacking. Okay, so maybe I don't read fantasy too often - but I've read my share of good fantasy (think The Fifth Season ), and there's one thing those books have, and this one didn't. There was no setting, WHATSOEVER. No back stories about where the dragons came from, no traditions of the world the people live in. Not even a single hint on the time frame or how their society functions. Nothing about lore at all! Good fantasy always has lore - Tolkien even wrote poems! I may not be a fan of his, but we must all agree that it is history and lore that truly make a good fantasy novel. I found nothing of the sort here. We are just to assume what the general store of the village looks like. Or what the herbalist's job is. Because it's like that in every generic fantasy story. Well? NO. I am reading THIS story. I don't want to "have to know". Please take me into this world, and please build this world for me - your reader. Otherwise, I do not see how I could possibly give the book more than 3 stars? In Summary... Yes, I did enjoy the story! Despite the lack of world-building, it was an alright read. Will I want to read the sequel though? I don't know. Maybe I would consider it. But as an MG story, it is definitely enjoyable, has a natural tone, a good story progression and wonderful virtues. So I couldn't point out anything negative, apart from the fact that it didn't immerse me in the story the way I would have wanted it to. Maybe it was just not a story for me! But it could be for you. I thank the author for giving me a copy of the book in exchange to my honest opinion.