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Publisher's Summary

Seventy-five years ago, the dragons fell from the sky. We thought they were just meteorites - six terrifying explosions rang the world like a bell. When the dust settled, we went on with our lives as though nothing had happened.
More than a decade later, five of the eggs hatched. The dragons that emerged were small and weak. They kept to the shadows, working in secret to persuade people to do their bidding, offering magic as payment and reward. Years passed...and still we didn't notice the evil growing in our midst.
The war began suddenly. Survivors called it the "apocalypse" - nine billion people killed in an afternoon. Then the dragons revealed themselves, burning huge swaths of what remained, taunting and mocking and murdering the survivors.
Four leaders arose: the Wizard, the Dragon Rider, the Monk, and the Dragon Slayer. Allied with the rebel dragon, they waged war for years until they, too, were defeated, scattered, or killed.
When the war ended, only one dragon remained...but that single dragon was enough to plunge the world into tyranny.
©2015 David A. Wells (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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2 out of 5 stars
By Skipper on 01-27-18

Acting out of character

PG 13: No sex, some cussing, lots of blood and gore. Told in 3rd person, set in modern world /USA in a post-apocalyptic setting, about 65 years after dragons hatched and denotated man-made bombs all over the world. Tyrant dragon and his priests and dragon guards rule the world through dark blood magic, having outlawed technology, electricity, etc. Characters span gender and age, with the young hero Benjamin 16 years old and his wise grandfather Cyril about 80.

Why two stars? Characterization is weak. The characters feel like cardboard. Imogen, an adult woman, cries all the time. No reason is ever given for the horrible way Franklin treats Benjamin, even though twins usually share a bond. Frank is repeatedly stupid (like leaving camp without a weapon) but he’s also depicted as shrewd and calculating.

But the worst characterization breach? No reason is given for wise old Cyril to summon a demon in the presence of two untrustworthy people (Nash and Frank), despite his own dire warnings about what could happen if anyone draws the demon’s attention. So why didn’t he have them bound and gagged before the summoning? Why not use the tranquilizer gun to put them to sleep? Apparently, Cyril is not wise. He’s quite stupid. Careless. Thick as a brick. Despite all the chapters extolling his wisdom. Character breached badly to drive the plot. Grrr.

Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator, but this story doesn’t allow him to shine. He deserves clever dialogue and interesting characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 12-23-16

A brilliant beginning!

I listened to Mr. Wells's Sovereign of the Seven Isles series and really enjoyed the books. He's brought his ability to tell a great story to a whole new level with this book however. He creates a mesmerizing post-apocalyptic world combining sci-fi and fantasy in a brilliant and original way and pulled off one of the most enjoyable books I've read or listened to in a few years. I have the second book downloaded and eagerly await starting it. I would recommend this book to any fan of the sci-fi or fantasy genres and I believe it's a great book for anyone who enjoys a good story to grab up even if you typically don't follow these genres. Give it a try, I guarantee you won't regret it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 03-03-16

fantastic book

really enjoyable, a fantastic set of characters and a plot that will leave you wanting the next in the series

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5 out of 5 stars
By steve on 04-19-16

good book and a brilliant listen

since listening to audible books ive only come across three authors and three narrators and david a wells has writen some good stories and the narrator derek perkins is brilliant at bringing these characters alive with each own voice.
and when i listen to him i find myself lost in that world.

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