Dragon Rule by E. E. Knight Book Review

Dragon Rule takes place in a world where dragons live along Dragon Rule by EE Knightside humans and, most importantly, dragons rule there. As expected, cooperation between the groups can be strained, but E. E. Knight focuses on tensions between dragons, rather than the human versus dragon relationship.

Although Knight starts and ends his novel with the Copper, the story diverges into his sister’s and brother’s lives. The reader follows subplots for many dragon characters. Although each is integral to the main story-line, subplots subsume the Copper’s struggle. Perhaps Knight planned for supporting characters to fight the Copper’s battles for him. With that said, no particular character engaged me so much that I burn for the next installment of The Age of Fire series.

If Knight intends a moral message, ‘blood is thicker than water’ appears a possibility. Copper and his brother and sister have very different personalities and morals, but when challenges confront the family, they stick together.

Nice descriptions of dragon environs, the Lavadome and  caves where dragons live helped establish settings, although in general the book lacked the due diligence I expect from an award winning novelist. Knight writes clearly with plenty of dialogue; however, typos occur too often, a complaint many reviews mention and I found unprofessional.

Dragon Rule: Book Five of The Age of Fire Series

It’s clear Knight enjoys writing about dragons. He personifies them with keen attention to their physical limitations, historical contrivances and builds cultures one may expect in a dragon world.

Perhaps because I didn’t read the first books in the series, Dragon Rule didn’t fully engage me. This book doesn’t stand on its own.  It appears written for current fans, as a bridge to the next installment of the series.

Dragon fans should check out the History of Dragons on the Draconsinka web site for some fun information on dragon lore in general.

Dragon Rule by E. E. Knight Book ReviewDragon Rule (Age of Fire, #5) by E.E. Knight
Series: Age of Fire #5
Published by Roc on December 1st 2009
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 320
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The author of the national bestselling Vampire Earth series presents the fiery fifth book in his epic dragons saga.
Scattered across a continent, three dragon siblings are among the last of a dying breed?the final hope for their species? survival.
Wistala, sister to the Copper who is now Emperor of the Upper World, has long thought humans the equal of dragons. She leads the Firemaids, fierce female fighting dragons who support the Hominids of Hypatia. Which puts her at odds with both her brothers, for the Copper has no use for the humans he now dominates and AuRon, the rare scale-less grey, would isolate himself and his family from both the world of men and the world of dragons. But as the Copper?s empire roils with war, greed, and treachery, the time is fast approaching when Wistala will have to choose who to stand with? and fight for...

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop, where wolves, vampires and humans meet

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Marked in Flesh by Anne BishopIf you like dogs or wolves, as I do, this is a particularly fun read. Anne Bishop creates a world where wolves rule – sort of. They shape-shift to human, but their thinking doesn’t mesh with human expectations. A wolf’s perspective creates humor in unexpected encounters. Oh, how species can misinterpret each other.

Bishop’s world building is wonderful. Bishop presents us with an alternate history of the United States, settled by humans from across the ‘Atlantik’, where animals act as nature’s guardians. Everything has a say in how the earth develops: animals, elements, elders, vampires and a new breed of human who receive pictures of the future during altered states. In this universe humans are a lower species, but some of them haven’t figured that out yet.

Anne Bishop writes on many levels

True to sci-fi tradition social commentary is ever-present: environmental issues, greed, power, compassion. While integrating theme, Bishop weaves plenty of subplots through the story and she creates characters with individual motives and personalities.

For those interested in writing: This is a good example of 3rd person omniscient POV. Personally I would like a bit more attention to the main characters. Meg and Simon Wolfgard carry that role, but there are so many characters to care about that it’s easy to lose track of Meg’s thread.

My Rating five-stars

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop, where wolves, vampires and humans meetMarked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Published by Roc on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 399
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four-half-stars

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.
But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…