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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
The first thing I wanted to point out is that the audio quality of this book (as of today) is very inconsistent. In some places it was very clear and crisp, and others it is muffled and awful. This really made it difficult to get through the book. At only a couple of hours long, this is a big issue to me. That being said, when the narration is clear, she is a good narrator.
As for the story itself, I like the premise. The story line is good, but the main character is a bit weak, in my opinion. She seems to have courage to overcome her disability, but is kind of a whiner.
It has a bit of a cliffhanger, though, so be warned. The rest of the series is not yet available on Audible. I'd be open to checking the series out, if only to see where the story ends up. I just hope they fix the audio issues going forward.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
This story is Amel fighting against the odds to be what she wants to be. She has no support in school from the other students. In fact, they all doubt her. But Raolcan, her dragon, feels to have as strong a determination as Amel. Amel has to decide if she really wants to do this when she learns it means her dragon will be a slave, magically bound.
Jigisha Patel is a new voice for me. The introduction by Audible and title page sound clear but the first chapter sounds muffled which jumps out at me within seconds. There were a few moments I thought it was clearing up, but it got muffled again. The muffle clears up at the end of first chapter and the remainder of the book is clear as a bell. As Jigisha narrates, I could hear her breath. I know everyone breaths, but some narrators are easier to hear than others. Knowing this helped me not focus on it and listen to the story. Jigisha voiced Amel with character and determination, which fits Amel as she is determined.
Amel has a handicap, her leg. She's determined to not be judged or stopped by it. This is awesome. We see, with Amel, a lot of people think she won't make it through the difficult lessons with her dragon, but Amel's strength shows through. She's more and can do more, than people want to give her credit for. People see a handicap and stop there. Amel's determined to show them she's more. And she is. I love the dragon that picks her though. Raolcan doesn't see a handicap. He sees a strong young woman who is like him in views.
Amel and Raolcan don't trust others, but they'll have to trust each other to survive the first flight. Yet, the seem to be fast friends. They find something in the other they aren't given by other people, a support and strength to keep going. Sometimes having that one person (or dragon) can help.
This story is very much a good story for young readers. Amel doesn't bulk under the negative vibe of others. She's strong and willing to keep going for what she wants. AND, she's a kind person. She'll help anyone. She's sincere in her worries for Raolcan as well. This is a clean story in language and affections.
This is a dragon school. We learn little details of the dragons and their positions and jobs based on their color. We even learn how dragons come to the school and why. There is a interesting connection with the dragons, and I'm glad Amel sees the truth in it.
The way the story ends with the dragon school leaves us to think there is possibly trouble somewhere. There is going to be more to come and I'm kind of curious about what Amel and Raolcan will come across.