Draykon (An Epic Fantasy of Dragons)

Draykon (An Epic Fantasy of Dragons)

by Charlotte E. English

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BN ID: 2940011494130
Publisher: Charlotte E. English
Publication date: 09/02/2011
Series: Draykon , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 45,874
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

English both by name and nationality, Charlotte hasn’t permitted emigration to the Netherlands to damage her essential Britishness. She writes colourful fantasy novels over copious quantities of tea, and rarely misses an opportunity to apologise for something. Spanning the spectrum from light to dark, her works include the Draykon Series, Modern Magick, The Malykant Mysteries and the Tales of Aylfenhame.

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Draykon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SolitaireParke More than 1 year ago
"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!
EnterThePortal More than 1 year ago
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.
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
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.
h_greenesmith More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was rough and it took awhile to find a flow but i ejoyed the storyline very much
RLinNorthernCalifornia More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anhaga More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Would probably have given 4.5 if it wasn't for so many made up words for animal's plant's and well pretty much everything. The story it's self is good and the characters easy to love and connect with once you've put in the time to figure out what all the new language means . Had to re-read several line's too try to grasp what's happening. I will probably finish the series now that I've learned a new language lol! Now that I'm in vested in the characters and must see what becomes of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow at first but picked up. Will purchase next one in the series .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Well written story, lots of great details to fill out the world and characters. Can’t wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feeling mixed about this book. I love the author and some of her other series, but I don't think I will be reading further books in this one. Story dragged for me and none of the characters are particularly likable or interesting. Llandry's parents seem more stifling than loving, she feels more juvenile than adult, and Eva could be really likable but is rather obtuse. The villains end up just being incredibly arrogant and selfish rather than actually evil (maybe that was the point) and while you don't like them, you don't hate them either and sincentives there is no good reason for what they are doing, it makes for a rather banal plot. The ending does have a big surprise that should make you want to read the next book, but I didn't feel vested in the story enough to care. There are lots of hints for what should be further plot and character development so some may find that this is enough to read on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story keeps you interested right up till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea was good but the writing was drug out , too much abou^ insignifican^ things . Hard to get into . Had to force myself to continue through because i did want to see how the story itself ended. Then it left too much unsettled. More of this book should have been wrapped up , not left /or the next book. On the whole 2.5 stars0
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not hold my attention long enough to finish it....it is in the archive along with the rest of so called free books. Just because it is free does not mean it is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. But it ends with you wanting more. An unfinished feel to the story.