3 out of 4 stars
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The Dragon's Harvest by Jason F Boggs is the second book of The Dragon Trilogy. It is a sci-fi/fantasy novel. Twenty months after the threat of Jacob Freeman, the first global President and supreme leader of the New Era, and his allies were neutralized, there was a new threat to the existence of the New Way (Humans that opposed the New Era’s tyranny) and the Great Tribe (The Aesini people). Eternal, the all-powerful deity of the Aesini people, was determined to end anyone that stood in his way to absolute power, especially power over death. He hoped to achieve this aim with the help of Major Ira Bilis, a surviving villain from the previous book, and Jessie Freeman, the son of Jacob Freeman. The tension between the Great Tribe and Humans was at an all-time high. How would the Great Tribe react to their god being a false god? Could the Great Tribe and the New Way come together to resist and defeat Eternal's forces?
Picking up this book, I had a few concerns about following up with the story, as I haven't read the first book in the series. The author quickly eased my concerns by giving a list of the major characters and a summary of the roles they played in the previous book, which helped me to follow the story seamlessly. I was also keen to see how different and fresh the story would be, compared to recent sci-fi novels I've read. The author's inclusion of the Aesini tribe and their traditions, the mysterious sungate portals, and organic advancements ensured that I wasn't disappointed on that front.
Jason kicks off the story by introducing the reader to one of my favourite characters, Ira Bilis, in a powerful scene where she frees Jessie Freeman from captivity, which signaled the return of the New Era. The author does very well to create strong characters with different personalities, motivations, fears, and flaws. This helped me fall in love with several major characters. However, at different points of the story, the author killed some of these characters, which added shock value to the story and had me scared throughout for the rest of my favorite characters.
Another feature I liked about The Dragon's Harvest was the author's fast-paced and descriptive writing, especially in action scenes. He uses minor descriptions expertly in fight scenes to help the reader understand the violence in the scenes. These actions scenes were littered throughout the last few chapters where the story climaxed. There were points where the author switched scenes just when something important was about to happen in a scene. While it rose my anticipation for the follow up to that scene, I found it annoying at times.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Dragon's Harvest. There wasn't much to dislike about it. However, the only problem I have with the book is its editing. The grammatical errors, especially run-on sentences and missed commas, littered throughout the book made several sentences unclear. This affected my flow while reading. I wish I could give The Dragon's Harvest the maximum rating, but editing issues have forced my hand to settle for rating this book 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to lovers of sci-fi and fantasy novels. Fans of action stories will also have a blast with this book. There's no use of strong language and violence isn't pronounced, which makes the book appropriate for a young audience as well.
The Dragon's Harvest
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