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Throughout the kingdoms of Felspar, the people are divided in their opinions about dragons; some worship the mighty beasts, while others choose to slay them for the valuable prizes they are. Still, all agree that those who dabble in dragon blood experiments are cursed and deserve the painful death caused by consuming the formidable blood. Yet, the lust for dragon power among the rulers of Felspar has brought about a new bloodline. Individuals born with the blood of dragons are believed to be as cursed as the dragon half-bloods, but is wielding the power of a dragon truly a curse? Could peace between dragons and humans be brought about from those born of the dragon bloodline, or will the humans destroy each other before the mighty beasts can finish the job themselves? Find out in The Kingdoms of Felspar: The Curse of the Dragon Bloodline by M. J. Spires.
It’s hard to think of anything I disliked about this fantastic young adult novel. Spires took this reader on an exhilarating adventure, a quest to unite the kingdoms that remained fresh, fast-paced, and dynamic from start to finish. I loved the well-developed characters and appreciated the depth of their heritage and ongoing stories. Spires incorporated the extended family of the heroine, a young bloodborne named Storrm, into her progression towards her destiny, making this trope feel new and exciting. As I read, I grew fondly attached to Storrm and her parents and appreciated that she was not another orphan out to save the world all on her own. Readers will enjoy the well-developed relationships and the depth of emotions that profoundly impact each favorite character as they triumph and suffer in equal portions throughout the novel.
I also loved the different factions throughout the kingdoms. Strong motives supported the varying beliefs, and the author used two converging plotlines to help the reader understand why the different opinions separated the people of the realms. It was exciting to discover the source of the war between the humans and dragons, and I loved how informative this story was without becoming dry and dull. The author successfully laid out the key players, completed the first arc of the series, and ended the tale with an intriguing conclusion that made me eager to dive into the next installment.
While I found a few minor errors, the book seemed to be professionally edited. I enjoyed every part of this well-written novel, so I give The Kingdoms of Felspar four out of four stars. I look forward to reading future novels in the series and hope that the wait for the sequel is not too long!
I’d highly recommend this novel to readers who love dragon lore, magic, and warring kingdoms. Fans of Dungeons and Dragons would also enjoy this book as the author acknowledges that several characters came from a D&D campaign. Minor swearing infrequently exists throughout the book, and there is no erotic content.
The Kingdoms of Felspar
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