Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Review - Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell

Dragon Fate, the first novel in J.D. Hallowell's bestselling War of the Blades series, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the classic tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear.

Review by: Scott

5 stars

Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell is an excellent fantasy novel.  I actually read this book twice before writing my review and that isn't something that I do all that often due to the length of my TBR list.  I'll have to say that I enjoyed the second reading immensely and easily see this series getting multiple more readings (the second book is just as good) in the future.

I really like the main character Delno.  He is just a good guy and tries to do the right thing to the best of his ability.  He is a famous war hero in his home country, but doesn't use that to really benefit himself in any major way.  One day while trying to find some space to think about his future he runs into a dragon whose rider was killed and wants nothing more that to go off on her own and die.  The issue is that she is with egg and cannot let herself go until she sees to her children.  Delno helps and forms a bond with the egg that he helps deliver and becomes a Dragon Rider.

The relationship between dragon and rider is complex and complete, with each gaining a stronger ability with magic, telepathic communication, and the human getting a vastly longer lifespan.  The fact that Delno raises his dragon, Geneva, from a hatchling allows J.D. to explain the various abilities that dragons have by watching Delno learn them. This prevented a huge info dump slowing down the story, which I always appreciate.

There are also some fantastic secondary characters.  I really liked the way that Delno and Rita get along.  I would have to say that Nat is my favorite though.  The healer is full of surprises and his personality quirks make him amusing at times.

If you are at all a fan of the fantasy genre this is a book you should check out.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, this series is well worth the read. The characters are very engaging and the world crafted extremely well. The adventure keeps up a good pace, although much of the first book in the series is scene setting and relationship building it does work well. I stayed up late finishing this book and the second. Highly recommended.