Posted by: Nyxks | February 2, 2008

Awakening the Dragon

Awakening the Dragon–Book One of the Dragon Clan Trilogy
by Theresa Chaze © 2006
Valkyrie Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9798406-0-9
307 pages
Paperback
$14.95 (U.S.)
Reviewed by: Mike Gleason

First thing I want to do in this review is to dispose of the problems I found with this work, and then I will go on to why I thoroughly enjoyed reading it in spite of those minor glitches.

This is a production of a small publishing house and suffers from what I have found to be endemic problems associated with books from similar sources. It is a reissue of a book I reviewed in 2003 (Dragon’s New Home) and still has some of the editing glitches (dropped words, and an occasional formatting problem).

Okay, so much for the negative part of the review. Now on to the good stuff.

As I said in my original review of Dragon’s New Home, this is a well-t5old story with characters that are both believable and familiar. By familiar I don’t mean you’ve seen them in books before, but that you know people like them in your own life. There are no “over the top” characters here.

Even though some of the fantasy elements have a touch of Hollywood about them, the story relies on character development to hook and hold the reader. And let’s be honest – if you don’t care what happens to the characters, a book is a failure. This book is most definitely NOT a failure.

This book was a pleasure to read (even with the glitches noted above). The story is compelling and fun and the characters are individuals. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

My one complaint about book series, especially good ones for the adult reader, is that there is usually a long gap between the appearance of each volume, and I freely admit6 I am an impatient individual. The good thing about this book is that it is available as both a paperback (for those people like me who like a physical book in hand) and as an e-book (from http://www.theresachaze.com). As is its sequel Dragon Domain. Of course, we will still have to wait for the concluding volume of this trilogy to come out to know how it all ends.

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