Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Draykon by Charlotte English review

When shy and retiring Llandry Sanfaer discovers a mesmerising new gemstone, she suddenly becomes the most famous jeweller across the Seven Realms. Demand for the coveted stone escalates fast; when people begin dying for it, Llandry finds that she herself has become a target.

Lady Evastany Glostrum has her life in pristine order. Prestigious, powerful and wealthy, she is on the verge of crowning her successes with the perfect marriage. But when her closest friend is murdered for the jewellery she wears, Eva is drawn into the mystery surrounding the curious "istore" gem.

The emergence of the stone is causing chaos across the Seven. Gates between the worlds are opening at will, pulling hordes of creatures through from the shadowy Lower Realm and the glittering Uppers. As Eva works to discover the culprit behind the spreading disorder, Llandry must learn the truth about her precious istore stone - before she herself becomes a victim.

4 stars

Draykon tells 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.

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1 comment:

  1. Looks like a unique, interesting read. I will have to check this one out!