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When Elephants Fly

By Alex DiPego

Worth reading 😎

Really good characters and interesting premise, but I would have preferred more details to really like it.

Synopsis

Something has destroyed the city of Bayonne… This time. And the Hooded Monk Shadow wants to find out if the rumors are true. When the world restarts and a new cycle begins, so does his mission.

When Shadow learns a Bishop may be the root of the problem, he comes back the following cycle. Following the Bishop Shadow learns there are worse things than a corrupt Bishop, a dragon who isn’t receiving its quittance. Protecting Bayonne just proved much harder and when a twelve-year-old orphan gets in the way Shadow has to decide. Is Bayonne worth saving? Or does he let the city die and save the orphan? His decision will start the most famous mercenary guild in history The Flying Elephants.

When Elephants Fly is the first installment of The Fable Elephants series. A real world fantasy smack dab in the middle of the renaissance. If you like dragons, exciting combat, compelling characters or Fantasy with notes of Sci-Fi then you’ll love Alexander DiPego’s first book in The Fabled Elephants series.

Delve into When Elephants Fly today and join in on the adventure.

In a premise similar to the movie On the Edge of Tomorrow, When Elephants Fly is a story about problem solving. Again and again Shadow fails to save the city of Bayonne from the dragon, but he is determined that there is a way to save the city, and everyone in it. He just has to keep reliving the destruction until he finds the solution. But how many times can he die the same death?


The storyline of When Elephants Fly is incredibly interesting. I love the promise of camaraderie leading into this series and the uniqueness of multiple fantasy creatures uniting to defeat a common enemy. Shadow and Elizabeth are both very well done characters as well and I’d look forward to knowing them even better in the future.


However, I feel like there was a lot of story missing. The book is short to say the least, not really a short story, but not a full length novel either. There were a lot of places where details would have pulled me into the story so much more effectively, but those were left out. Also, it’s very fast paced, so the ending felt too easy. The details of the battle scene was excellent, it just ended so quickly that I never needed that moment to catch my breath.


There were also several typos that I came across and some grammar that needed to be edited. Nothing major, it was just enough to interfere with the flow of reading and made me do a few double-takes.


Overall, I would be interested in continuing Shadow and Liz’s story, but I’m not completely in love with it. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.


There is some very mild language (“d*mn” and “h*ll” only two or three times each), semi-detailed action and blood, and almost no sexual content (a guard is mentioned “searching” a girl’s body for stolen goods, but is effectively knocked unconscious before anything else happens).


I received this book from the author via Reedsy for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


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Synopsis

Something has destroyed the city of Bayonne… This time. And the Hooded Monk Shadow wants to find out if the rumors are true. When the world restarts and a new cycle begins, so does his mission.

When Shadow learns a Bishop may be the root of the problem, he comes back the following cycle. Following the Bishop Shadow learns there are worse things than a corrupt Bishop, a dragon who isn’t receiving its quittance. Protecting Bayonne just proved much harder and when a twelve-year-old orphan gets in the way Shadow has to decide. Is Bayonne worth saving? Or does he let the city die and save the orphan? His decision will start the most famous mercenary guild in history The Flying Elephants.

When Elephants Fly is the first installment of The Fable Elephants series. A real world fantasy smack dab in the middle of the renaissance. If you like dragons, exciting combat, compelling characters or Fantasy with notes of Sci-Fi then you’ll love Alexander DiPego’s first book in The Fabled Elephants series.

Delve into When Elephants Fly today and join in on the adventure.

June 13th 1402 AD

His name was Bishop Eugui, and he was nearing the end of his life. It had been by rumor I have come from the bright sun of the Khmer and to this remote town. Basque country was diverse and had many hands in the pot. This was not important though; this dying man was the key to answering if I needed to return the next cycle.

We sat in the town’s church where two young men held Eugui up by both arms and into his thick wooden seat. Even though the village is small, they decorated the church in the fashion of the Vatican. Gold inlaid on any article of clothing possible, including the dirty robes on Bishop Eugui. Ornate decorations and a crucifix covering the entire wall.

Eugui slumped in his seat, the curve of his back not melding with the flat end of his chair. Wrinkled and pale hands squeezed onto the handles of the chair as his long white beard covered the vast majority of his face. What used to be bright blue eyes faded behind a wall of gray.

“Bishop Eugui…. They told me you used to be the Bishop of Bayonne.” I asked, using an outside voice.

The Bishop’s eye’s widened his chapped lips stuttering.

“Sad… So sad…” He gulped while his lower lip quivered. “I… I was outside the city when it happened. Terrible day.”

I pulled myself a seat and moved closer to hear him speak, his voice barely carrying a few inches.

“What had happened?” I asked.

“I… I… I was on a mission trip. I was not in Bayonne.” His eyes darted back and forth, his head down to the floor. “They attacked!” Eugui yelled.

Eugui grabbed at his robes and hugged himself tight as his body shivered.

“Bandits… Bandits attacked us. They took everything. Everything…” Eugui trailed off.

Bandits? Was the story false? Have I come all this way for a bandit attack?

I reached for his arm, “What about the city? What happened to Bayonne?”

Eugui stopped hugging himself and placed a hand over the top my own.

“I… I walked back to Bayonne… Alone, cold… Naked.” He gulped again. “Everything was on fire… I could see the smoke from so far away.”

His hand squeezed harder on mine. I placed my other hand atop his and patted the back.

“They left no one? What did this?” I persisted. He didn’t respond; his body still trembling. “Was it a dragon?”

The shaking stopped. Eugui practically froze in place. The old man sat up and leaned back into his seat, sliding his hand out from between mine. Fingers were playing along with the arms of his chair. He took a large gulp and turned his smoky eyes in my direction.

“Who are you?” His voice no longer that of a feeble man. “Are you with The Council?”

I mouthed the words out, The Council? I shook my head.

“I don’t know The Council. Who is The Council? Are they responsible for Bayonne?”

“I never told… I never…” His mouth trembled as he spoke. “I never betrayed.”

I shook my head even more now taking the man by his arms. “Bishop Eugui. I am not with this Council. I do not even know who they are. Can you tell me who they are?”

His eyes wide open as if seeing me for the first time. Taking a large gulp his quivering chins settled.

“They are everything.”








About the author

Born in Orlando and raised in Chicago, I have been writing since I was 14. My love for history started young and I remember back in fifth grade memorizing the entire battle of the Alamo by heart. Seeing history and fantasy combine was amazing. view profile

Published on March 18, 2019

20000 words

Genre: Fantasy

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