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Ascendant - A Dragon Rider Fantasy (Songs of Chaos Book 1) by [Michael R. Miller]
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Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for Fantasy 2021
Bronze Medal Winner for YA Epic Fantasy in the Reader's Favorite Award 2021

No. 1 Bestseller in multiple categories!
#1 Epic Fantasy
#1 Dragons and Mythical Creatures
#1 Sword & Sorcery
#1 Classic Fantasy
#1 Action & Adventure Fantasy

"There are familiar beats in the book, but Michael Miller makes them his own with hints of a far vaster world littered throughout. I can't wait for book 2!"
- Davis Ashura, Bestselling author of A Testament of Steel.

"Ascendant is a delightful dragon-rider yarn in the tradition of Pern, Pit Dragon, Eragon, and Temeraire. It plucks at the strings of nostalgia in the best possible way, and picking it up feels like returning to old, beloved haunts."
- John Bierce, Bestselling author of the Mage Errant series

"This book takes me back to the classics. It has everything a reader needs: a young protagonist, dragons, dragon riders, evil beasts and wagon-loads of action and adventure!"
- Arthur Slade, Bestselling author of Dragon Assassin

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The prose is superb and the plot is stunningly twisty. This novel is an epic fantasy exploding with action; it is a story with a seemingly straightforward plot but with details that elevate its beauty and set it apart from conventional stories in the genre."- Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "So I first found this book from a Reddit post. It was described as a Pern meets Cradle book and I read that and thought that was pretty bold. This. Book. Delivers."
Bryce Liskovec, Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "I loved this book!! You would make Anne McCaffrey proud. Not since the books of Pern have I been this intrigued with such a delightful read. I couldn't put this book down. Dragon stories have come and gone, but I believe this story will weather the test of time."
- PernRider1212, Amazon Customer

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08DZD56DL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Monolith Books (September 1, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 1, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2690 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 622 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,378 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sapphira would approve
By Conrad on February 17, 2021
I LOVE this book. The Inheritance Cycle was a huge part of my teenage years, and finding solid, well written and well thought out Dragon Rider books isn't easy.

Let me be clear: this book is NOT an Eragon ripoff. Ascendant stands firmly and confidently on its own as a wonderful, new, remarkable and clever Dragon Rider book (and start of a series). However, there is no denying that if you love the Inheritance Cycle that you will also love Ascendant.

What is this book like? Mix the atmosphere of Alageasia, the magic system of the Forgotten Realms and the flare of Azeroth and you have a pretty damn good starting point for how this story goes.

Something important for the first book of a series - and something that's tricky to do well - is to properly wrap it up, while still leaving tasty hints for the next step of the series. Ascendants ending was perfectly done and I am incredibly satisfied with this book.

The magic system of the Riders and Dragons is SO COOL. I adore it. All good magic needs restraints, punishments and reward systems. Ascendants magic system is, honestly, flawless and so, so well explained (even if Holt doesn't always get it, you, the reader, absolutely will).

Holt is a wonderful Hero, Ash is pure perfection (and my favorite color for dragons~) and I'm really keen to not only meet more new characters of this series, but to *hopefully* learn more about Rake. I fricken love Rake. Even the very small bits we got of him, I just know he's my type of character.

If I had to pick a negative- and I mean if I'm absolutely forced to pick SOMETHING - I'd gripe that, of course the female lead is a red head. ~petty moment over~ Happy? Thats my only complaint.

Tl;dr Fantastic Dragon Rider story, beautifully written and meticulously thought out, with well rounded and developed characters and a great magic system. You won't regret this one. I will now impatiently wait for the next book....
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Judith Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read. Magic drawing people and dragons into its melting pot.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn’t put it down!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 23, 2021
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M. Stanbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 6, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Proofread?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 29, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now THIS is a Dragon Rider fantasy!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2020
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