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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.
147 of 157 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Dragons of Dorcastle to be better than the print version?
I have no idea, I didn't read the print version.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dragons of Dorcastle?
The moments where Mahri would show off being Genre Savvy for Young Adult romance stories, and debate in her head about the common tropes in romance novels. It was very amusing to hear that, and felt like the author was using her internal monologue to say to the reader "Yeah, I know this is sort of cliche, but it's a Young Adult Romance story, so I kind of have to do it. But I agree it's kind of silly."
What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I've enjoyed other stuff by MacLeod Andrews. He's a really fun narrator, and he is really good at conveying the emotion behind the words. If you like his work, you should check out Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. That is the first place I heard Mr. Andrews, and it's a REALLY fun read. It's a Young Adult book series too, but still a very entertaining read.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me laugh at several points, there was some definite humor in it, and Mr. Andrews brought it across to the reader very well.
Any additional comments?
The book is good, but it has a few problems. Nothing really major, but there was definitely room for improvement. The level of hostile obstructiveness from the Guild Elders on both sides got a little overdone. I mean I get it that it's a Young Adult story, so you have to explain away why the adults aren't actually doing anything so the kids can go save the day, but man, they are so pigheaded and stubborn it's amazing anything gets done.
It felt VERY much like a magical Romeo and Juliet, with the guilds being the Montegue's and the Capulet's. In fact I frequently thought of it in my head as Mageo and Mechliet.
The author used a few literary tropes that I find tiresome, like the "I'm trying to tell you about something important, but you think I'm talking about something else, and don't let me actually say what I need to say, because you keep interrupting me with "Yeah yeah, I know what you are thinking" kind of stuff" Or the "I have to tell you something important, but before I can finish my sentence something...." *someone interrupts them from offscreen* I find those types of tropes annoying. I can understand them in minor discussions between people, as they happen to me all the time. But when the subject is as important as the ones in question in the book, I'm sorry but you don't let yourself get interrupted. You tell them anyway!
I also wasn't too fond of the mindset of the mage guild. It's an entire collection of magical Solipsists, and that mindset is so mind numbingly stupid to me personally, that it was hard listening to them debate things. Also they were hypocrites. They teach that everything is an illusion, nothing is real, and then they turn around and say certain things are facts, and must be obeyed. It takes like 3 seconds to tear down any form of argument they might have, by pointing out that none of it matters.
Overall though, it was an enjoyable story, I found it engaging and it held my attention while I did my daily activities. I'm waiting for the next book to come out, as I plan on picking it up.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
the story is weak, the plotting is clunky. the narrator does what he can but overall this was not enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Very slow beginning - with too much teenage angst for me- tale gets better as the book progresses
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the listen well narrated and a light predictable story line. Not as good as the author's space adventures, but a pretty little story. I am purchasing book two, so it must have got my attention.
This was the first book I have read by Jack Campbell. It was very well read by MacLeod Andrews. Without too many spoilers, this world is dominated by the bitter enemies of the Mage Guild and the Mechanics Guild. The rest of the population is mistreated by the guilds, and unrest is developing. Two young people, one from each guild, are thrown together in an emergency. The plot is developing slowly as both explore a tentative friendship whilst trying to protect themselves from the political machinations of the two guilds. I quite enjoyed this book, and will get the next one just to see what happens.