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Forget the "show don't tell" rules for writing. Forget emotionally engaging with the characters. Instead imagine yourself sitting around a bonfire with a group of your friends, relaxing and listening to a really great story. That is how it feels to read this book.

What I liked. David Burrows' narrative style results in a much more intense story in terms of action and pace. Instead of exploring the world from inside the mind of one or more characters, you are pretty much told everything you need to know and the focus then becomes solely on what will happen next. And next. And next. This book, like the first, is only 176 pages and yet it tells more story than some 600 page novels I've read. I also want to note that it does not suffer from middle book syndrome. If anything it is much faster than book one because there is more focus on action now that the worldbuilding is done. You will also witness more development of the characters as challenges are faced and tension escalates. Heck, even the static scenes are tense. The characters might be wearily trudging along, traveling from point A to point B, exhausted from their last conflict, but you remain on edge because at any minute, something evil is likely to crash the party.

What I didn't like. Normally this is where I write about what I don't like. Not this time. Having accepted this story for what it is, instead of judging it by industry standards, I am not finding anything to complain about.

Conclusion The best way I can think of to sum up this book is with one simple word. Fun. Sometimes all a really good story needs to be is simply a really good story.

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1 vote Mulluane | Nov 14, 2013 |
The trio who were on a journey together in book one of the Prophecy of the Kings trilogy are now split apart, as one of the members betrays the others. Fortunately, a new member of the group was picked up late in the game in the last book, so the one bad seed is replaced with an excellent addition to the crew, Lomar, an albino with some magical abilities. However, due to the treachery that ended the last volume, the group finds that they have been frozen in time - when they awake it is sixty years later, their loved ones have died, and the world as they know it looks very different. No longer an overall peaceful place, allies are at war and an old enemy threatens to make the most of the disunity.

Quote: "the battle to defeat Drachar was long ago and is now nothing more than a memory. The people want to believe Drachar was destroyed, never to return. My concern though is that Drachar was only defeated because of the Eldric and their Narlassar sorcery."

This book has none of the slow start that I complained about with the first volume. It picks up immediately with the heroes in danger, suffering a bizarre fate. Once they realize the consequences of their betrayal, they have to put the pieces together and figure out how to move forward. I thought this was the most fast moving book of the trilogy, and the one I could least put down. ( )
1 vote mhleigh | Dec 21, 2009 |
I am the author- Please see Prophecyofthekings.com for reviews and sample chapters
  DavidBurrows | Oct 4, 2009 |
Betrayals are dealt and alliances are forged in this second book of an awesome fantasy. Friends are set against each other and demons are called to wage war. The people turn to the prophecy in hope of salvation. Will the prophesied King arrive to save them? You’ll have to read the books to find out! You won’t be sorry. ( )
1 vote kehs | Dec 16, 2008 |
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The plot itself moves forward quickly and keeps the pages turning, one of the real strengths of this series is the emphasis on plot and character development with less time spent on the long background, world building that can sometimes stall the flow of the narrative. There are enough twists and turns to keep the interest and as with Legacy of the Eldric, the novel is very well written with a flowing script that is both refreshing and easy to read.

Dragon Rider manages to achieve the difficult task of improving on it's predecessor (no mean task) with a sweeping tale of high fantasy that will keep you hooked until the very last page.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0955676029, Paperback)

Vastra has dealt a cruel blow to the very men that befriended him, but even he cannot predict the outcome of his betrayal. Armies threaten Thrace and an alliance must be forged but Trosgarth has been busy and which nations can be trusted is in doubt. Friend is set against friend whilst the enemy, no one believes exists, quietly awaits the outcome. The prophecy predicts a king will save them, but for many years monarchs have been assassinated so few if any remain. In a cold summer, after years of famine, war will finally be joined. But who will fight who? People will turn to the Prophecy for salvation. Demons will be summoned and fear will haunt Thrace and its people will be isolated, their moral shattered. Hope will come, but is it a fools hope...? http://prophecyofthekings.com/

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