4 out of 4 stars
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The Dragons of Chriopetra by Milan Seeff is a young adult novel about a mythical kingdom of dragons (also known as drachs in this book) where a young dragon called Eclipse is learning his identity. Through this book, the author explores the meaning of true friendship, bravery, courage, and belonging.
The writer begins by describing a female dragon named Tanzanite, who hatches a dragon egg. She is hiding in a cave, as she has laid an egg of a hybrid dragon, which is forbidden in Chiropetra, the dragon kingdom, as different dragon species cannot mix with each other. The author reveals that Queen Scorch, the Queen of the Flame Drachs, kills Tanzanite and steals her egg. The egg grows up and is called Eclipse, but he is constantly belittled by Queen Scorch, as she does not see the powerful magical powers one would be expecting from a hybrid drach species. In the palace, Eclipse befriends Lionfish, a sea drach who does not have that many powers. Eclipse attends fighting and combat classes. In one of his classes, he gets so angry at his instructor that his real powers come out and he almost completely destroys the place.
This book contained a plethora of positive characteristics. For one, I only found a few grammar mistakes in the story, which proves that it has been professionally edited. Moreover, I enjoyed the author’s originality and creativity, as she presented the story in a unique way. There were also plenty of suitable illustrations which matched the text and made the plot easier to comprehend. Furthermore, the story was structured wonderfully, as the author expertly switched from the present to the past, thus adding interest to the text. What I liked most about this book was that the writer evoked pathos and emotion through the way he manipulated language by employing linguistic devices and narrative techniques, such as dialogue and cliffhangers. I found no negative features in this book.
This book will be mostly liked by teenagers who like stories related to fantasy and dragons. Very young children should avoid the book, as it will be too long for them, and they may find some scenes too violent. Readers who like action-packed novels with twists and turns will appreciate this story.
In conclusion, this book deserves a score of 4 out of 4 stars. This is because it was well edited, expertly structured, originally written, and very exciting to read.
The Dragons of Chiroptera
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