Loved it! 😍

Great start for an awesome series. If you love dragons as much as I do, you'll love Sunskaald.

I have to say, that I enjoyed reading Sunskaald. I was sucked into the world from the first word and appreciated that the background was given before going into the story. It cut back on exposition and info-dumping which can often make a story lose momentum and cause the audience to lose interest. It was also short and concise, only giving us what we need to know about the history between humans, dragons, and sorcerers. Although I did enjoy the book - hence the four stars – I do have a few gripes. Some of which may go away when the next book comes out.

I wish that Kina and Prak could’ve had a little more mistrust for one another, or at least more of an explanation as to why they trusted each other so quickly. If there was bad blood between humans and dragons, I feel that should translate into their relationship. There should have been more scenes of them spending time together and slowly getting to know each other and building trust. They became friends a little too quickly in my opinion.

Although there was a lot of action, I do feel that there could have been more scenes to develop the characters and their relationships with one another. I would have liked to read more about Prak’s past, or even some scenes of him watching Kira and Quinn in the woods. These types of scenes may slow a story down a bit, but it helps the audience get to know the characters and the world better. However, this is just a small gripe since this is the first book in a series. We will get to know these characters as the series progresses.

The thing that I liked the most was that the characters did seem to act their age. I’ve read countless books staring teenagers that act like they're either in their mid-twenties or like they’re in elementary school. While reading Sunskaald, there was no question that Kira, Prak, and Quinn were between sixteen and eighteen. Their actions, the way they said things, and how they reacted to situations were actions that were typical for people their age. There were some situations that had to make them grow up quicker, but they still acted like teenagers.

All in all, Sunskaald was a great read. Can’t wait for the next book!

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About the author

Scott Pike is an up and coming author, with Sunskaald being his first book. He was born in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA and quickly began to dive into books, inspiring him to write his own. He loves classic rock, Disney, and, most importantly, his dog Stormy. view profile

Published on December 17, 2020

Published by Gatekeeper Press

70000 words

Genre: Fantasy

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