The Dragons of Dorcastle : The Pillars of Reality

  • by Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by MacLeod Andrews
  • Series: The Pillars of Reality
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book in a thrilling new epic fantasy saga, written exclusively for Audible by Jack Campbell, the New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Fleet series!
For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.
Mari is a brilliant young Mechanic, just out of the Guild Halls, where she has spent most of her life learning how to run the steam locomotives and other devices of her Guild. Alain is the youngest Mage ever to learn how to change the world he sees with the power of his mind. Each has been taught that the works of the other's Guild are frauds. But when their caravan is destroyed, they begin to discover how much has been kept from them.
As they survive danger after danger, Alain discovers what Mari doesn’t know – that she was long ago prophesized as the only one who can save their world. When Mari reawakens emotions he had been taught to deny, Alain realizes he must sacrifice everything to save her. Mari, fighting her own feelings, discovers that only together can she and Alain hope to stay alive and overcome the Dragons of Dorcastle.

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Huh....Well there are dragons. Kinda.

Full honesty here. I picked up "The Dragons of Dorcastle" because it had the word "dragon" in the name.
Stupid? Oh yeah. And If you pick this book expecting an epic tale about dragons, that's...not going to happen. Sorry.
But you will get a rather absorbing tale of two disparate people coming together in a way that has a surprising amount of payoff. The description of this book doesn't quite do the story justice, although it does give you a much better idea what the book is about than the title does. Kinda wish I had read it before I piked it up, but I'm not a big fan of romance in general. Even in stories where they're not the focus, I find them to be almost physically painful to read, and even worse to listen to because you can't "skim" sound. But the author managed to pull it off in such a way that it was believable, sweet, and really fascinating to watch unfold.
The story has a very well developed world, characters, and lore, and a lot of things are being set up here for the rest of the series,

If I had known that I was going to like this book as much as I did I wouldn't have picked it up. I know how that sounds, but I like to "binge read" series I enjoy. So when I devoured this audiobook in just over a day, (and it only took me that long because I've got finals and that means "shit I need my full attention to do") I wanted to throw my phone at the wall, because it will be at least another year before I can read the next part.

So now I'm off to start a different series by Jack Campbell so I can fill the void. Until at least 2015.
*Sigh*
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- Katie

This is YA. Adjust expectations accordingly.

I'm a fan of Jack Campbell, having listened to or read all of his "Lost Fleet" series, so I was excited to learn that he was trying his hand at fantasy. Some great authors have been writing across genres or even multi-genre, combining sci fi and fantasy. This one is more like a combination of fantasy and steampunk.

I'm not sure if it's just me missing something, but I didn't realize this was a YA novel going in. However, within a few minutes of listening I could tell that it was. There's nothing wrong with that, just realize that there's a lot of time spent on teens sorting through their feelings and wondering about relationships and talking about relationships. I haven't been out of my teens for so long that I forgot what it was like - and I don't remember worrying about these things as much as these kids seem to. But that could be just from Campbell's first time writing not only YA but a fantasy as well.

As for the book, I would say that it's a satisfying and somewhat refreshing tale. However it is highly character focused, which Campbell mostly does anyway (the "Lost Fleet" series really just has one viewpoint character, where this one has two). However unlike a lot of fantasy we don't get tons of worldbuilding, and we really don't know anything about this world's history or why there are mages or mechanics and WHY they don't like each other. That is one of the novel's biggest weaknesses.

So in closing this is definitely not epic fantasy, because I believe one of the definitions of that is a larger scope, as well as a larger amount of viewpoint characters. Still, it's an enjoyable tale in and of itself, with some interestingly original concepts as far as the mages and mechanics go. However I'm not sure if I would continue this series as it just doesn't have the depth and complexity that I've grown used to.
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- Joshua "www.newimperium.org"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios