June 19, 2011

Dragonking of Mystara by Thorarinn Gunnarsson

Title:  Dragonking of Mystara
Author:  Thorarinn Gunnarsson
Format:  PB
Pages:  395
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Wizards of the Coast, 1995
ISBN-13:  978-0786901531
Series:  The Dragonlord Chronicles, Book 2

Favorite Quote:  "If that alone will satisfy you, so be it."

Synopsis (Back Cover):  An uneasy peace has descended over the Highlands as the new Dragonlord must deal with contentious factions and ambitious rivals who threaten to undermine Thelvyn's pact with the rogue dragons.

The dragons cannot forget their ancient fear and hatred of the Dragonlord, nor can they forget the mysterious prophecy that ties Thelvyn to the destiny of their race.

Soon the world is brought to the very brink of war, and this time the dragons are determined to defeat their enemies once and for all.

Review:  This book was slow moving and disappointing.  I've noticed that this author uses dialogue far too often to advance the plot.  Instead of relying on action to move the story forward, everyone sits down and talks, detailing secrets that were unknown prior to the exchange and making sudden suggestions for future plans that were never mentioned before.  While the story was still fair and the dragons are still lovely to behold, the telling of the story just didn't hold my interest like it could have.

To make matters worse, this book was not very well edited.  Entire words were left out, forcing the reader to guess as to the missing verb or adjective.  Since the language used is already a little odd, this created a rather frustrating reading experience.

While I hate to leave a trilogy with only one more book to finish, I think I'm done here.  These books just are not quite good enough to justify reading almost 400 more pages of almost constant dialogue, when what I'm really longing for is some action.

Rating:  3 / 10

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