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The Dragon's Blade

The Reborn King
Lu par : Dave Cruse
Série : Dragon's Blade, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 34 min

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Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands.

Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon's Blade. As the last member of his bloodline, he is the only one who can. He is plunged into a role he is not prepared for, to lead a people he does not know. Shadowy demons ravage his new home and the alliance between humans, dragons and fairies has fractured.

Time is short, for new threats and deadlier enemies are emerging....

©2015 Michael Miller (P)2017 Michael Miller

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09/10/2018

Fantastic dragons

A fantastic tale told by a fantastic narrator! Gotta love some dragons. get into it.

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  • Believer50
  • 23/02/2017

Very Long

I got this book via audiobook boom. The narrator was very good. the story had lots of twists and turns and sometimes just gave too much information. The description of the king took almost two minutes. Those are the things I am talking about. The story was developed and it was interesting how Daniur's character took over the story and made his way to being the one who could control the dragon blade. Nice fantasy just a little long for me.

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  • superstardrifter
  • 12/02/2017

Awesome listen!

Enter a world of fairies, humans and dragons (and wizards!!!) and their war against Rectar, the lord of the demons and his army of... well, demons. :D I know what some of you are thinking. Same ol' Good vs Evil fantasy book, right? Not so fast! While this story embraces the traditional good vs. evil trope, it breaks the mold. It does it differently. A couple of tropes common to fantasy fit here. Farmboy prince fits as well, but this one is implemented in such a way that it almost feels like Miller is saying 'yeah, but in his defense, he was the prince first.' It touches on the traditional, but is refreshingly different.

I love some humanoid dragons, or dragons that can become humanoid. It makes them a bit more relatable (and it opens things up for some sweet, sweet dragon/not dragon roooomance - I AM WITHOUT SHAME). Dragons in this particular case, seem to be mostly dicks to anyone who isn't also a dragon, despite the situation of sort of needing to team up against the greater enemy. Darnuir starts this story as the sort of pompous, arrogant, know-it-all heir to the king of the dragons (whose name is Draconis, because of course the king of the dragons is named Draconis). His father doesn't trust him to wield the Dragon's Blade, a very powerful flying sword that only the royal line of dragons can wield. He says that Darnuir isn't ready for it, which of course pisses off Darnuir because he thinks he is ready for it! He couldn't be more ready for it!

Darnuir is mortally wounded and the only thing that can save him is the dragon king's resident court wizard, Brackindon (I probably spelled that wrong. Audiobook.), who does the only thing that he can do to save Darnuir. He performs a rebirthing spell that more or less rewinds Darnuir's life and turns him into an infant, and then he leaves him in the care of a group of hunters, of which the more or less leader is a friend of his. 'I'll be back in six months!' he says. Fast forward to twenty years later, and Darnuir has come of age to wield the Blade, and while there have been many years of radio silence from them, the demons are now redoubling their efforts.

We get some of the early parts of Darnuir's new life from his point of view, which was actually pretty interestingly thought out. The entire growing up again montage is summed up well, doesn't seem intrusive on the overall flow of the story, and is yet informative on what sort of (second) childhood that he has. Darnuir is raised as a human the second time around. He has no idea what he is, but his abnormally brute strength is noticeable to more than one person in his life, including himself at least once. It's kind of a wonder that nobody figured it out sooner. This simple life humbles him, though. He comes from a more humble upbringing this time around and that is the key to wielding the Blade the way his father would have wanted. Brackindon comes back (20 years late, but as we all know, a wizard is never late but arrives precisely when he means to) with the Dragon's Blade in tow and all is revealed.

Darnuir is a cool character who I started off not liking because he wasn't very likable, but I ended up cheering for him, because when his old, arrogant personality starts to try and break through, he tries his very hardest to not be that person, and tries to restrain himself. Where Blaine and the other dragons tend to continue the tradition of being dicks to humans (and women of all races), Darnuir brings his human upbringing into play to smooth things out.

My favorite characters are more or less in the background though. First is Dukuna (am I close? This one was a tough guess on spelling ^_^), one of Rectar's underlings and the first character we get introduced to. A demon lord's underling who is in a position that he doesn't want to be in. We see some of the book from his POV. He hates Rectar and considers himself a prisoner. He even has other demons that he sympathizes with. It's pretty neat. I actually cheered for him the most. The second is Lyra, the lady dragon who isn't taking any of Blaine's crap about lady dragons not being allowed to be warriors. You go girl.

The action/battle scenes were well written and made it easy to imagine the action that was taking place. I was transported into the world of this book quite easily. The magic system is described as a cascade and I thought that was quite an interesting way to think of magic. Like a waterfall, kind of. The plot takes a couple of turns that you don't see coming, and it doesn't plod along. I thought it was quite well written and plotted out quite nicely. It wasn't overly complex, but it was complex enough that I was immersed quite thoroughly.

The narrator totally nailed it. Dave Cruse's narration of this book is more than slightly reminiscent of Simon Vance. Dave Cruse gave each character an appropriate voice and tone and told the story very well! Some pretty brilliant accents were peppered throughout, and I quite enjoyed the listen! My only criticism here is that when characters are having an inner monologue moment, which they do from time to time, a better way to differentiate that would be awesome. As it stands, it just seems like the same character speaks but... a little muffled. When they're inner monologuing in the middle of a spoken conversation, this can be confusing.

What a great debut! The best part was watching a character that I didn't really start out liking turn himself into a character that I liked rather a lot. I did really dig this story, and really enjoyed my time with this listen! I'm excited to read (or hopefully listen!) to the next book in the series!

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/12/2018

Prince of Dragon

It leaves you wanting to read the next one. It has a lot of characters at times moving about in one scene but it is worth following.

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  • KD
  • 26/09/2018

Strong beginning

Book starts off rather slow with the protagonist being a nasty little shit. However eventuallly he grows to be more endearing.

It’s a strong start to a fantasy series and I hear the second book is much better

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  • D. Dedeaux
  • 27/04/2018

I liked it.

Slow start made me unsure at first. The blanks in the beginning are a little confusing, but patience with the story line will pay off. Ready for book 2.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 10/09/2017

Epic fantasy world

This is an epic tale of good versus evil. On the side of light you have dragons humans and fairies. On the side of darkness you have evil dragons demons humans shades and those who are more than any already listed. Here it will be try tested and betrayed. So too will the villains. Is an epic tell where the of any already written found some tolkien and Brooks will not be disappointed. Enjoy .I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • lynda
  • 09/09/2017

A Great Listen

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I'm a big fan of dragons, in animal or human form it does not really matter to me. I found this book intriguing and interesting watching a young man grow up and find out he was the King of the Dragon and leading three races to war. The plot has enough suspense to keep you listening long after you intended shut it off. All the characters are well written and unique and just add to the atmosphere of the book. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book.

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  • Chris
  • 09/09/2017

Good and unique

First things first I received this in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I did enjoy the story it was a bit slow but it lead to a better detailed story and a more immersive story. One thing I have to note is that it reads like a older fantasy book from the early 90's then of one today not a bad thing but it was different, the story was good the characters were unique and the plots were well planned, a solid book that I'll definitely get the sequel to.

Overall: worth a credit.

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 08/09/2017

I almost gave up on it.... glad I didn't!

This book started out really slow which made it quite difficult for me to stick with it. However, it's been my experience that some of the best books are slow to get started so I decided to stick with it a bit longer....as it turns out, I made an excellent decision! Once it pulled me in, I was hooked! This book has it all and is quite a unique take on the genre. The narration was excellent, too. The narrator did a great job bringing the book to life.
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  • DarkChaplain
  • 30/01/2017

A promising debut novel!

While a little bumpy in places, Michael R. Miller's debut novel had me excited. Characters grow nicely throughout, and the very competent narration gives the whole audiobook a classic Fantasy feel.
I am eager to dig into the sequel already.