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Although The Dragon's Price was the 4th book in the series, it was the first that I had read. The story starts with a brief introduction, so the reader gets an idea about who the characters are and a bit of back story on their world. Ayden Dracre is a 7th son of a 7th son and his mentor is Merlin! These two main characters have a close and comfortable relationship that is fun to follow. I am looking forward to going back and reading books 1-3 to see how their friendship developed and read about their previous adventures.
It is wonderful to find a book (and series) that can be recommended to ages from pre-teen to adults. The writing is not complex, but nor is it juvenile. The story was engaging right from the beginning, and was hard to put down. The characters were well developed and likeable, but not Mary Sues. I found them to be very human, especially Ayden. While Ayden is a teenager, there wasn't any of the teenage angst (so refreshing!), that is seen in many other coming of age series. He is also an excellent role model for kids because he sincerely cares about people and animals. Ayden has a job to do, but he still considers the bigger picture and how his actions (or inaction) will affect others. Merlin is also enjoyable in his role as mentor. Rain Oxford has written him as wise and caring, but not pompous thankfully.
I believe there is a 5th book in the works for this series, but there is no cliffhanger in Dragon's Price and everything is wrapped up, so the reader is not left hanging (thank you Rain!).
Narration: J. Scott Bennett's narration was excellent! He pulled me into the story immediately. He has great pacing and gives each character a distinctive and suitable voice. I will be looking for more books narrated by him.
Fun fact: Both the author and the narrator are teachers. J. Scott Bennet reads to his grade 6 classes. Imagine how amazing it would be to encounter such a teacher in grade school!
And for those who like to know...
Here be dragons, but not sex, foul language, graphic violence or gore.
School librarians please obtain this series for your schools, the kids will love it:).
I'm off to buy the first book on audible, and hard copies of the series for my Mum (a retired elementary school librarian).
I received this free copy of Dragon's Price in exchange for an unbiased review.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I loved this fourth book in the Sorcerer's Saga. The race to save magic and the last female dragon egg continues in earnest, but becomes more complicated as Aiden and Merlin face betrayal and complications. I really enjoyed the growth of the characters and the captivating storyline. Scott Bennett did his usual excellent job with this book, giving the characters individual voices and personalities that have been consistently great in every audiobook in this series. He shows the humour well and brings the story to life. I really enjoyed this book and I hope the author writes more in this great series.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is a good book to listen to, fun and enjoyable even with a serious story and the world. The main character is very likeable and I love their interactions with the other character s especially their mentor.All of the dialogue is good, the pacing of the story keeps things moving and interesting thought out. I love all the little references and saying that the main character does not get but us the readers will and impressively given the characters involved it is not fourth wall breaking. The world craft, all the different types of magic, powers and creatures all point to a well thought out world that I would love to know more about.
J. Scott Bennett narration is clear, easy to listen to and makes the story interesting and really pulls you into the world and the story. When it comes to voicing the characters they do an excellent job giving each a unique voice and combating their emotions well. The Voice of the main character is perfect. I would happily listen to more books narrated by them.
Rain Oxford has clearly put a lot of work into every aspect of this, the story, the world, the characters and it shows dividend in this very enjoyable story. This is a great story in an interesting setting with great characters. I very much enjoyed my time with this story and would recommend it anyone that likes stories of magical worlds and adventure.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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