5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring writing style! I was hooked from page 1!, December 16, 2014
Reviewer L. Eissler (Rockford, IL) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Dragon King Rises (The Blood Moon Trilogy Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The Dragon King Rises was published by author Darrel Blair in January of 2014. The Dragon King Rises is well written fantasy book that hooks readers in the very beginning. As I read this book I felt compelled to keep going just to find out what was going to happen next. The last time I had a similar feeling with a book was when I read "The Hobbit" and most of us can agree how great that book is.
I'd like to thank Mr. Blair for asking me to review his book and post about it on my blog. The Dragon King Rises is Mr. Blair's first publishing in "The Blood Moon Trilogy" and if this book is a taste of what's to come we're all going to be looking at the next "A Song of Ice and Fire".
One thing I would like to say before I continue the rest of the review, if you're looking for a book where the characters spare the lives of evil monsters... this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a book where evil pig beasts have their heads chopped off and the heroes are covered in blood... well, all I can say is welcome to The Dragon King Rises. This book delivers in all the things a fantasy book should and you won't be sorry when you pick it up.
The amount of depth that Darrel Blair goes into in The Dragon King Rises is mind boggling to say the least. The very first few pages into the book and he introduces you to the very prophecy that this new trilogy is to be based on. I'm going to recite a small part of it, but I'll leave the rest of it for the readers to experience themselves.
"Fear showed forth in Zorlon's eyes, for his controller stood near.
This was his double, thought long banished,
The Earth Keeper that Zorlon thought locked away.
Into the air rose the Winged Horses of Sanity.
From the field came the mighty shout of the multitudes.
It was as if one irascible voice poured forth the cheer."
First, if you don't know what irascible means it's: showing a tendency to be easily angered. This is but one example of how descriptive this book gets and it isn't even in the first chapter.
The very first two characters you're introduced to are a pair of cousins, Jalyn and Van Sasher of the Ko'daighan Rangers. Their primary purpose in this story is to teach the prophetic twins to be a force for good instead of evil, I task I feel is easier said than done.
Throughout the first chapter Jalyn and Van's skills are continually tested and I think this establishes with the readers just how deadly the two of them are but their banter back and forth is absolutely hysterical. My favorite part to illustrate this is after arriving at the Crossroads Inn Jalyn and Van are ambushed by six Toegan creatures. After slaughtering their mutated boar foes, the two rangers covered in blood say to each other, "Let's eat" and "I thought you'd never ask!".
This is simply just the first chapter and the story already had me hooked, once I got a feel for the characters I had no chance of setting the book down. As the book continues, the reader starts to understand the prophecy more and how each group of people interpret and react to it. Some like the Ko'daighan Rangers, and their Council of Dragonfall, want the twins to be a force for good, to heal the land from the destruction caused by Zorlon (remember him?). Other groups, like the Landians, want to ensure the peace of the land by murdering the twins though their true purpose is thought to be more selfish.
I could continue to go on and on about the things I loved about The Dragon King Rises, but that wouldn't be providing Darrel Blair with the best review possible. A reviewer should never reveal too much of a story's plot to the point that people would rather read my review than buy the book. As proud as I am of my own writing, the review pales in comparison to what Mr. Blair has put into his book. If at any point in this review you thought to yourself that this is the kind of story that you'd get into, I highly recommend that you pick this book up and watch out for parts two and three.
To Mr. Blair, your writing style is both imaginative and awe-inspiring, the amount of work you've put into this story clearly shows on every page . I hope that when you release your second book in the series that you'll remember my name and ask me to review that one as well. After all, I'm just a reader myself and I'm dying to know what happens next!