Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dragon Rider by David Burrows (Prophecy of the Kings: Book 2)

Mulluane | 3:00 PM | 5 Comments so far

Kaplyn awakens in a cavern and at first his memory seems to be playing tricks on him. Dragons haunt his dreams and yet dragons do not exist. Whenever he sleeps he dreams that dragons are hunting him and only a thin veil separates him from them. Terror stalks his nightmares and fear walks hand in hand in his waking life. All is not as it seems. He, Lars and Lomar have survived their underground sojourn, but something is not right. Once allies, Thrace and Allund seem to be on the precipice of war. A war that strikingly has all the hall marks of Trosgarth, the ancient enemy. Drachar too seems implicated. Is the Prophecy coming to pass and is a Second Krell War imminent? Disaster seems to be about to strike, for the Eldric have gone and with them the only means to fight the demons. A war is coming. A war like no other.
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Dragon Rider (Prophecy of the Kings: Book 2)

| Source: Gift/No Review Requested
| Author: David Burrows
| Genre: Epic / High Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 145050681X
| ISBN-13: 9781450506816
| Content: Demons, Sorcery, Heroes, Dragons
| Publisher: Createspace; second edition (February 2, 2010)
| Cover Art and Design: Phillip McDonnall
| Paperback: 176 pages
| Read the Prologue
| Rating: 4 Stars
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Dragon Rider (Prophecy of the Kings, #2)

♥ Mini Review ♥
There is an ancient tradition of storytelling with stories being handed down from generation to generation. Way before the written word there were storytellers mesmerizing audiences with vivid tales of great deeds and mysterious happenings. This has the feel of one of those ancient tales.

Forget the "show don't tell" rules for writing. Forget emotionally engaging with the characters. Instead imagine yourself sitting around a bonfire with a group of your friends, relaxing and listening to a really great story. That is how it feels to read this book.

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♦ What I liked. I struggled with this book/series a bit. Not because I did not like it, but because I did - alot. But why did I like it exactly? It had no deep lovably flawed characters like Robin Hobb's stories, nor did it give me the warm fuzzy feeling I'd get from reading Anne McCaffrey. It didn't even have witty repartee like a David Eddings novel. Then I realized it. It was so simple. What it had is one heck of a good story. What it had was demons and dragons, sword and sorcery, danger and strife. What it gave me was the type of story I did not want to put down and when I did, I looked forward to returning because I wanted to know what could possibly happen next.

And did I mention the dragon? Oh yes, I got my dragon. A glorious, powerful, magnificent beast it was too.

♦ What else did I like? No, no need for a double take. Normally this is where I write about what I don't like. Not this time. Having accepted this story for what it is, instead of judging it by industry standards, I am not finding anything to complain about. I do have more good to say though.

David Burrows' narrative style results in a much more intense story in terms of action and pace. Instead of exploring the world from inside the mind of one or more characters, you are pretty much told everything you need to know and the focus then becomes solely on what will happen next. And next. And next. This book, like the first, is only 176 pages and yet it tells more story than some 600 page novels I've read. I also want to note that it does not suffer from middle book syndrome. If anything it is much faster than book one because there is more focus on action now that the worldbuilding is done. You will also witness more development of the characters as challenges are faced and tension escalates. Heck, even the static scenes are tense. The characters might be wearily trudging along, traveling from point A to point B, exhausted from their last conflict, but you remain on edge because at any minute, something evil is likely to crash the party.

♦ The Conclusion. The best way I can think of to sum up this book is with one simple word. Fun. It has served to remind me that sometimes it is life's simple pleasures that satisfy the most. Does this mean I don't still love deep, dramatic, complicated, emotional, philosophical, gritty, multilayered epic fantasy? No... But it does mean that sometimes all a really good story needs to be is simply a really good story. And the best part? It is not over yet. I'd be lying if I said I can't wait to see where this is all going.

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Epic High Fantasy Book Review of Dragon Rider: The Prophecy of the Kings: Book 2 by David Burrows - Reviewed by Mulluane - on November 6 2013 - Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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  1. So you decided the "telling" wasn't a problem in this case. I'm glad it isn't, since this story seems to be heavy in it. {Smile}

    I'm not surprised you thought of oral storytelling. There, the pace needs to be far quicker than with written tales. Audiences are much quicker to lose interest if you slow down to describe characters, places, or conversations. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. I am pleasantly surprised at how well David Burrows has pulled this off. Normally I hate alot of "telling" because, quite frankly, it is usually dry and boring.

    But, like you said, the pace is fast. Any slowdowns are forgivable because you know that they are setting the scene for the next round of action.

    I am still not a fan of "telling" but this series so far has proven that there are exceptions to almost every rule.

  3. Usually tales have to find a balance between showing some things and telling others. That said, I tend to prefer more showing in a tale that's meant to be read. I usually feel that if they tell too much, they aren't taking advantage of their format, since readers do give you more space to show more than listeners do. Still, there are exceptions, just as you say. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  4. Wow. This was a pleasant surprise. What a really nice review and so eloquently put. I especially liked the analogy about sitting around a fire, telling a tale. I take part in Saxon/Viking re-enactment (http://regia.org/) so that particularly appealed to me. Many thanks, Mulluane, for such an excellent and honest review.

    I do have a growing list of excellent reviews and several of these are from reputable Fantasy blog reviewers. Your review means a lot to me, so many thanks.

    This has made my day :)

  5. There is no greater compliment (to me anyway) than to have an author praise my review.

    While my reviews are aimed specifically at readers, an author endorsement adds an extra level of legitimacy to my opinions.

    Suffice it to say, you have made my day also!

    Thanks for taking the time to leave such kind words :)


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