Dragon Blood - Omnibus Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A thousand years have passed since a dragon has been seen in the world. Science and technology have replaced magic, which has dwindled until it has become little more than an element of myth and legend.
There are those who still have dragon blood flowing through their veins, distant descendants of the mighty creatures of old. These rare humans have the power to cast magic, the power to heal, and the power to craft alchemical weapons capable of starting wars...or ending them. But they are feared for those powers, and in recent centuries they have been hunted nearly to extinction.
The few remaining survivors must find a way to change how humanity perceives them or be lost to the world forever.
The Dragon Blood Omnibus includes three full-length novels of action, magic, and romance: Balanced on the Blade's Edge, book one; Deathmaker, book two; Blood Charged, book three.
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|Listening Length||27 hours and 34 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 30, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #20,667 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#36 in Steampunk Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#113 in Steampunk Fiction
#1,146 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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I downloaded this set expecting to find a fantasy trilogy, but was disappointed to find that this is far more romance than anything else. As fantasy, it's shallow, underdeveloped, and vague. The world, the magical system, and its complexities are never really explored; instead, pages are devoted to the leads exploring each others' bodies. You might get through these books if you like romance, but the constant and painfully contrived plot twists to throw the main characters into adventure after wild adventure to deepen their passions, as well as the ever-present starry-eyed mooning of each lead for their romantic counterpart, slowly started to drive me insane.
Perhaps what irritates me most -- and is generally the hallmark of bad fantasy -- is the ambiguous magic system. Two books in, I still have no idea what is within the power of those with dragon blood. The best I can figure is that it's some strange matter generation/telekinesis/telepathy conglomerate. Which, as you might guess, causes magic users to be uninteresting and pointlessly overpowered, and magic itself to be generic phlebotinum that drives the plot.
The characters themselves are charming and witty, and the author is great at writing fairly charismatic female leads, but there's not much variance; Zirkander, Sardelle, Jaxi, Cas, and Tolomek all have the same sense of humor and feel like the same person.
While Ms. Buroker has a good grasp of prose and narration itself, the plots and characterization are severely lacking. If the author maps out her worlds with significantly more detail, works on diversifying her characters, and lightens up on the heavy romance angle, she could be a wonderful fantasy writer. As it is, I won't be continuing this series.
Isn't it enough for her that her 'people' exploited a health crisis to illegally pass laws changing the election rules so they could then conduct the largest election fraud in US history? That is all coming out now. And then I have to have some pissant SF writer malign conservatism. I'm sick to death of this blatant malignant bias in movies, media, novels, university courses, everywhere. It disgusts me, the cheating, the atheism, the pedophilia, the amoral hellscape the left is creating. And doubtless she's blind to it all. I'll finish this novel, but I'll delete Books 2 and 3 and never buy another feral lefty screed by this author. It's a shame.
Top reviews from other countries
If you like fantasy books, I can strongly recommend this set of books. I hope you get as much pleasure from reading this trilogy as I did.
I haven't read a book in ages, so wanted t get back into the habit of reading. Got this as a free ebook in the Kindle store, as part of the Dragon Book collection 1-3. Just finished reading the first book, Balanced on the Blade’s Edge, and surprisingly enjoyed it. I believe the book is targeted for anyone who is over the age of 14+ and enjoys an easy read about a fantasy world (like wizards, magic, etc) mixed in with mills & blooms type romance.
I like the main characters Sardelle and Ridge. However, I wish there was more dept in the writing process, for example a clearer deeper description about both their worlds, how life was in the past to how life is now ... outside the prison world in general. The scene is mostly set around one specific place - the prison. I would still definitely recommend this book, especially to one who would like to get back to reading.
Book 2 - DEATHMAKER (4.5 stars)
Last night I finished the Deathmaker, book 2 of the Dragon Blood Collection, and will admit I enjoyed better than the first book. It was far more interesting reading about the main characters, Lt. Ahn and The Deathmaker, but I especially enjoyed how the plot wasn't based in just one scene, that the places where they encountered their adventures kept changing.
I also loved how book 2 could be read on its own, independent of book 1, yet if you had read book 1 (which I have) then how it brings it both book 1 & 2 together. By the time I got to Chapter 15, the ending battle had me on tenterhooks and just could not put the book down.
Definitely would recommend it to my friends.
Book 3 - BLOOD CHARGED (5 stars)
Just finished Blood Charged, book 3 of the Dragon Blood Collection and on a high when I finally put it down. It was a hard book to put down every night after reading for an hour just before bedtime, especially when it came to the last five chapters.
It was an absolute pleasure reading Blood charged, I was completely immersed in the adventurous drama that was taking place, and hope it turns into a movie one day.
I enjoyed how the writer, Lindsay Buroker, brought all the main characters from book 1 & 2 together so seamlessly, while adding a couple more new and interesting characters to the plot.
Unlike book 2 of the series, I don't think book 3 can stand on its own. I'm sure people would enjoy reading book 3 without having read the first two books. However, in my opinion, you really get invested into a character from book 1 & 2, especially when you understand the character's past, how they've come to be who they are in.
High would recommend it to my friends.
The third book provides us with the suspense we require to crave reading further, as there is a definite lead-up to a climatic plot twist in the storyline of Tolomek's sister.
Overall, an excellent trilogy introduction to what looks to be a promising series, if you love a bit of romance and crave a bit of action, give it a go.