Review by: Scott
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.