The last Aturan King is dying. Control of his weaking power over sa and ka is a lure; the Emperor stirs in his Forbidden City; in the Seared Lands, Eth bring secret death. Eight men and women take their first steps to war, unaware that they will face a greater threat; at the heart of the world, the Dragon stirs. A warrior will become Queen, a Queen will become a monster, and a boy plays his bird-skull flute to keep the shadows of death at bay.
The second I saw this novel I knew I wanted to read it, everything from the cover art (dragons yay) to the synopsis summed up what I look for in a fantasy novel. When I received the novel the book was stunning and on peeking at the first few pages I spent probably more time than I should have admiring the gorgeous map and reading through the extensive glossary at the front of the book.
It’s safe to say I dove in to reading the novel well prepped and very much looking forward to it, so it was devastating when I found myself limping through and reaching just past the midway point making the decision to stop reading.
I have to say the writing was exquisite, but I just struggled to keep track of what was happening, who the characters were, how different threads tied together and as much as I tried, flicking back and forth re-reading sections and so forth I just couldn’t keep going blindly wading through.
The bulk of the novel is centred around a desert city Aish Kalumn, and two characters in particular, Sulema who is training to be a warrior, and Hafsa Azeina who is their Dreamwalker and kind of leader and used to be the Dragon King’s consort. I loved the idea behind this City which is female led, the warriors are women, and women hold all of the most important roles. But I couldn’t quite work out what the men’s role was, other than mating. There are also cat like creatures which they can bond with the Vash’ai but I struggled to get an understanding of their background, how they fit in to the bigger picture, exactly how the relationship between them and the humans worked.
There is a separate story arc with a character called Jian, there isn’t much mention of him, but his was the one arc I could really follow and understand. I would have liked to see more of him, which maybe there is more of towards the end of the book which I didn’t get to!
A huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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Title: The Dragon’s Legacy
Series: The Dragon’s Legacy #1
Author: Deborah A. Wolf
Genre: Fantasy | Sand & Sorcery | Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: 21 April 2017
Review Format: Hardcover
Other Formats: eBook
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