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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.
©2014 John G. Hemry (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 12-05-14

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Wesley on 02-08-15

Good book with some issues, still enjoyable read.

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By susan on 03-19-15


This book was so unique in style & concept of kept me totally enthralled the whole way through even though not a lot happened really (it was setting up the world & the concept of the series more than it was doing anything else).

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2 out of 5 stars
By Richard Taylor on 02-02-15

Not great!!!

the story is weak, the plotting is clunky. the narrator does what he can but overall this was not enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Manwell on 06-09-17

Ok book

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzanna on 02-27-17

Epic Fantasy, good mix of technology and magic

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.

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