Books I’ve Enjoyed: Dragon Fate
Dragon Fate, the debut novel by J.D. Hallowell, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the finest tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricably entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear. Teens and adults alike will find themselves hanging on every twist and turn.
I was given a copy of Dragon Fate to review by the author, in exchange for providing an honest and objective review.
When I read the overview of Dragon Fate I was immediately intrigued. It sounded fantastic, and I was pleased when it did not disappoint. It is a modest length, and appropriate for its genre and content. I felt the pacing was spot on, I never got bored with the story, and I never felt rushed. Furthermore, the details never contradicted themselves and in such an extensive new world, that would be easy for a debut author to do.
I instantly liked our main character Delno, I was emotionally invested in the story and the characters very early into the story. I loved the fact that the author thoroughly built the world, the lore, and the different locales. I absolutely loved the bond between Delno and Geneava.
The plot was not only brilliantly revealed and constructed, but original and interesting to boot. The plot and the story as well as the depth to the characters is really what makes this book such a fantastic read.
What I had trouble with was the dialogue. At times I felt the dialogue was a bit forced. The characters are prone to large bouts of self reflection and great speeches, which while it does further the plot I would have preferred to have some of the dialogue and the characters development and epiphanies as the story progressed be a bit more implied and subtle. At the same time, several of the characters are really quite witty, and I loved their sharp retorts. I found that when the characters relaxed, their speech greatly relaxed and I was able to enjoy it more.
There were a few errors that could be caught by some additional proofreading, but they were not distracting or glaring.
I felt like the story ended in the perfect place. I wasn’t left feeling unfulfilled, and at the same time I definitely want more. I surely hope there is a sequel in the works.
In summary I would rate the plot a 5, the characters a 4 the editing a 3 the world building a 5 and the cover a 4 granting an overall score of 4.2