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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

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...

Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay brings to life a rich fantasy world with interesting historical scenes of chariot races, the deceitful life of courts and politics between feudal kingdoms. The time period depicts religious powers braced against pagan beliefs that causes mistrust at every turn.

Guy Gavriel Kay Attends to Detail

Kay writes with more description than I prefer, but it is Kay’s detail and intimate portrayal of characters that suspends the reader in the novel’s time and place. Exotic voluptuous detail heightens every scene. The perspective of the story moves easily from one point-of-view (POV) to another in third person omniscient with multiple plots creating the fabric around the main character, Chrispin; a mosaicist ensnared between powers.

Chrispin is called to the city of Sarantium to make mosaics for the emperor’s personal chapel. He’s immediately thrust in the middle of palace intrigue, but he is not of it. Byzantine court is dissected from multiple perspectives.   In this epic tale of intrigue we follow the mosaisist, Chrispin. He struggles against the forces around him , while struggling to maintain integrity.  

My Rating five-stars

Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel KaySailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
Series: The Sarantine Mosaic #1
Published by Earthlight on November 4th 2002
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Pages: 448
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Crispin is a master mosaicist, creating beautiful art with colored stones and glass. Summoned to Sarantium by imperial request, he bears a Queen's secret mission, and a talisman from an alchemist. Once in the fabled city, with its taverns and gilded sanctuaries, chariot races and palaces, intrigues and violence, Crispin must find his own source of power in order to survive-and unexpectedly discovers it high on the scaffolding of his own greatest creation.

Hunt for the Horseman by Gita Reddy

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Hunt For The Horseman by Gita Reddy

Reddy created a clean middle grade story that emphasizes  family and  culture. Layer this on a mystery with a bit of a threat and the story keeps you reading. Hunt for the Horseman is written in a traditional style that carries the reader into Sandy’s world.

Sandy goes to a family reunion in India. They gather at the palace of her ancestors, where she meets many of her extended family for the first time. Her grandparents are tied up in a law suit. Unless they find a copy of a long lost document, they’ll lose their ancestral palace.

There’s plenty of adventure as Sandy connects with everyone. An engaging group of cousins, with their own agendas, take up the hunt for a toy horseman hidden in the palace over one hundred years ago.  Although some of the kids aren’t ready for adventure, they step up to circumstances when required.

Gita Reddy brings a new side of India to standard book fair

Reddy portrays a side of a contemporary Indian family we don’t often glimpse. Sandy is tossed into an extended family of over 100 that few white Americans know any more. Sandy is lucky enough to keep in touch with hers. Many middle grade readers will have fun living vicariously with Sandy on her journey.

My Rating four-stars

Hunt for the Horseman by Gita ReddyHunt For The Horseman by Gita V. Reddy
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on May 4th 2015
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary, Historical Fiction
Pages: 192
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A young prince hides his ivory toy from his brother in one of the many secret compartments of the palace. The toy was never found and the search becomes a game called Hunt for the Horseman. One hundred and twenty-five years later, the land mafia is out to grab the palace. Members of the erstwhile royal family are fighting a losing battle in court to save what is rightfully theirs. They meet for, possibly, their last family gathering in the palace. Sandy, who has always lived in the U.S., and other children of the family are determined to find the horseman. One of them, a computer whiz, designs a software to help organize the search. Meanwhile, as the court hearing approaches, the thugs resort to very dangerous games. Will the horseman be found? More important, are the children safe? Will the palace be saved? Read for a roller coaster ride of fun, thrill, adventure, mystery and more…