3 out of 4 stars
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Instantly following a fierce fight, Michael and John find themselves in an unfamiliar world filled with supernatural powers. The two boys are in separate places, and neither of them knows what is happening to the other. With time, the boys discover they possess dragon powers. Michael commands the dragon of lightning and that of flames, whereas John’s are the water and wind dragons. Michael and John must learn to overcome their reasonable doubts and continue living on the chaotic streets without revealing their unfathomable powers.
Dragon Borne: Enter The Kingdom falls under the fantasy genre and comprises 332 pages. The book is action-packed, and James Patrick Lawrence Jr. employs vivid descriptions so perfectly that the reader can mentally visualize every scene. Following the characters on different extraordinary adventures was a thrilling experience. Equally, watching them lead mundane lives on the streets was captivating. I was anxious about what would happen if their cover was blown because they still had to face challenges like street fights. Luckily, this uncertainty helped to naturally generate the suspense-filled atmosphere that kept me turning from one page to the other.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the book was how the author developed the primary characters independently. They exhibited distinct traits, possessed different powers, and their training was streets apart. The longstanding rivalry between them made it difficult to guess what would happen if their paths crossed. They encountered similar challenges, though. For instance, their identity had to be concealed from those close to them. Equally, the training process was laborious as it would take hours before they perfected a single art sometimes. The secondary characters were brilliantly developed and had specific roles to occupy.
I enjoyed the street dialect employed in the dialogues, but the sloppy editing was unpalatable. The errors were so many that I had to stop paying attention to them down after a few chapters. Besides, the spelling of the names of certain characters and places kept changing. The book definitely requires another round of editing. The first seven chapters were missing in the portable document file version I downloaded. I hope that this is not the case with the other versions.
The novel ended with a bittersweet cliffhanger. It left me with a great deal to think about while wishing I knew how other conflicts were straightened out. Although the first chapters seemed to drag as they entailed long hours of training, the account became more exciting once the missions started. Undoubtedly owing to the grammatical errors, I rate the book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to all ardent readers of fantasy. The book will appeal most to young adults. Anyone averse to swear words and explicit scenes should steer clear of it.
Dragon Borne Enter The Kingdom
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