Dawn of The Dragon


Skip it 👎

As much as I wanted to like it, the book had many faults I could not overlook.

In this book, we follow Queen Kalera of Zaylen as she tries to save her kingdom from Ager, the supposed villain trying to take over the kingdom. Along the way, we meet her friends, foes, and mystical creatures that help her in one way or another.

Dawn of the Dragon has a simple plot, but at the same time very confusing. We jump from scene to scene with no clear points to the story. Also, the book seems to run on plot conveniences, like when Kalera gets back to Zaylen, when Zavgon comes back, and many more.

We follow the blandest and plainest group of people, with no personality whatsoever. They're all connected, but it is through some of the strangest encounters I have ever read.

The book is written in the present tense and in the third person's POV. Unfortunately, this choice of narration only made the book harder to read and connect to. But I have to mention that the writing is strange. On the course of 196 pages, we read modern slang, whimsical writing, Victorian writing style, and many abrupt sentences of narration. I repeat this choice only made the book harder to read and enjoy.

When it comes to the dialogue, we again meet some of the blandest dialogue ever written. The characters have no chemistry or any real emotional connections. Even the protagonist doesn't have a flair for words and leads people with plain sentences and speeches. The other characters talk to each other in a direct way that does not give any flavor to the story.

It's clear that I was struggling throughout the book to connect to the story, the characters, and the writing style. In my opinion, the story should've been developed more and have a clearer message that way, I might have enjoyed my time reading it.

I would recommend it to people who want to experiment with challenging books. But sadly, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else.

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About the author

A.H. Washington is the author of The Dawn Series. As an elementary and middle school educator, A.H. has spent the past decade writing fiction independently, and with her students. A.H. is also a con junky. When she is not attending cons as a guest, you will find her as an attendee. view profile

Published on September 15, 2020

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50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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Genre: Fantasy

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