Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Storm Dragon's Heart by David Hayden review

Turesobei dreamed of adventure and a chance to prove himself.
Wizards should be careful what they wish for.

Destined to become his clan's next high wizard, Turesobei struggles to live up to the expectations. And now he's had enough of people treating him like he's a child. So when his treasure-hunting father arrives with important news to discuss only with the current high wizard, Turesobei spies on their meeting and accidentally foils an assassination attempt. As a reward his father invites him on an expedition to find an artifact known as the Storm Dragon's Heart.

But when disaster strikes, their quest becomes a race for survival.

Aided by a sassy ninja cat-girl and a mysterious diary that transforms into a winged familiar, Turesobei battles deadly cultists, vengeful spirits, and a mad wizard from a rival clan who's determined to use the artifact to destroy Turesobei's homeland.

The Storm Dragon's Heart will thrill readers with enchanting characters, exotic landscapes, mystical beasts, forbidden love, and fast-paced adventure. 

4 stars

The Storm Dragon's Heart tells the story of Turesobei, a young man who is being forced into a life he isn't sure about.  With his family and his level of talent he is destined to be the next high wizard for his clan, but the constant studying of the magic as well as all of his other obligations are making him question his fate.

The story is a pretty good one, especially for young adults, with a lot of action and some very good characters.  Sobei could be a spoiled whiny brat from living his life of privilege, but that is not the case at all.  He is a good person at heart and is quick to treat others as his equal even the people that other clans use practically as slaves.  The part that really appealed to me was how he interacts with the ninja assassin.

This is a solid fantasy offering for the YA to adult crowd.  Sobei has some very interesting developments occur within his life and I for one and very curious to see what else is in store for him in the future.

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