4 out of 4 stars
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The Secret of the Zipacna Dragons by S.P. Jayaraj is a coming of age novel filled with adventure, action, and fantasy. Set in a world called Adijari, the elves, devs, amenshas, and the qui-lakhs face a common enemy, the dragons, who are known for terrorizing any who dare to defy them.
Divided into two books, the first book follows Gradni and his journey to become the dragon slayer that will get rid of all the dragons. After the death of Gradni's father, Gradni is thrown into an orphanage where his tough demeanor and arrogant personality isolated him from the others. When he gets into a fight with one of the boys in his town, one thing leads to another, and he is given a choice to either stay behind and face the consequences or to leave and train as a dragon slayer. He chooses to become a dragon slayer, so he is sent off to Delthurk, an elven base used to train soldiers for their battles against the dragons. As he begins to train as a dragon slayer, he comes across multiple obstacles that make him question his true purpose of being at Delthurk. Meanwhile, Erdun, another dragon slayer, is being trained by Ta’ar and the Disciples of Gaorda. Unlike Gradni, Erdun seems inhuman and indifferent to the world around him. In the second book, Gradni finally confronts his greatest foes, but he comes across someone who changes everything that he thought was true about dragons.
From the start of the book, I was immediately pulled into the world of Adijari. The author did a wonderful job with creating a complex plotline with dynamic and vibrant characters. The descriptive action scenes, as well as the different viewpoints of the various characters, made me feel like I was in the novel. Moreover, the plot was suspenseful and it never had a dull moment. What I liked the most about this book was the intricate storyline that included vivid action scenes and interesting characters. There wasn't anything that I didn't like about the book either.
Although there were many characters that came from different lands, it was not hard to keep track of where each character came from and what part they played in the story. While the elves are known for being able to harness the power of nature, the amenshas are able to channel the power of the earth and adapt to whatever land they travel to. Gradni is an elf who is hard-headed and stubborn, but he is loyal and has a good heart. Mogurn is the senator that recruited Gradni into the war against dragons, and while his actions seem innocent at first, there is something sinister and cunning about him.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the intricate world of Adijari and all of its inhabitants. Other than the one grammatical error that I came across, this book was free of any grammatical errors or spelling mistakes. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading fantasy books filled with mythical creatures.
The Secret of the Zipacna Dragons
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