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Sinister Magic: An Urban Fantasy Dragon Series (Death Before Dragons Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B084TVCCK2
- Publication date : February 28, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3793 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 250 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,576 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Credibility is critical in a fantasy book, but there is no credibility anywhere in this. The heroine is supposedly asthmatic, needing an inhaler, but is constantly in dusty moldy environments like the crumbling elf underground temple, right out of one of the Indiana Jones novels. The laws of physics are ignored when a monstrous dragon flips back and forth into a man's body. The massive dragon flies around all over and no one seems to notice. A flock of alien dragons eat children and only the protagonist seems to notice. Characters said to be elves are no more than mafia thugs roaming around and again, no one notices. A vampire alchemist inhabits an outbuilding at a vacant and malignant house in an upscale neighborhood... and the neighbors apparently never noticed. A colossal (saltwater) squid inhabits an inland freshwater lake and the residents on the houseboats do no more than spread Lock Ness Monster stories with no one checking anything out but the protagonist. The gist of it is, this is a current story of typical crimes but the characters are 'labeled' as classic ancient mythological beings which is insulting. There is no connection between the fantasy-name beings and the characters in this story.
It's told in the first person like a news reporter on the evening news. I never connected with any of the characters in the book.
Sorry to be so critical, but someone should tell browsers the truth.
At least it wasn't a cliff-hanger.
The story itself is fairly straightforward. Val needs to find a cure for her boss who has been poisoned with magic, and clear both of their names in the process. Her path to it is littered with creatures from other realms who are bent on killing her. Making matters worse is a dragon who wants to use her as bait to lure in more creatures who want to kill her. It is action from the beginning to the end.
As the first book in a series there was some worldbuilding and character introductions, but everything was done organically along the story. No backstory was given for why the world was populated with creatures from other realms; it was a fact that didn't need explaining for the characters. As a first person narrative, we get only Val's thoughts on things and other characters remain slightly distant. But they were all interesting. My favourite was Zav, the arrogant dragon law-enforcer. The book hints that some sort of romantic bond will form between him and Val, but in this first book there was no romance yet. It didn't need it.
All in all, a great start for a series and I'll definitely read the next book too.
This excellent first book starts off sprinting into laughter, adventure and results in me not being able to turn the pages quickly enough. My favorite character is Sindari, but I think I’ll like the Dragon Lord, too.
I hope book two will bring a “team” for Val because she’s too lonely, and I hope her “therapy” leads to some real family time. Don’t wait to read this book. You’ll love the glimpse of all your favorite fantastic beings.
Top reviews from other countries
Here's hoping that her Rust & Relics series will finally reach it's conclusion, following this one.
If you don’t know her books this is a good place to start. Other reviews have outlined the characters so I won’t go into details except to say that you are instantly completely involved with them. This is the first of a series which clearly has enormous potential; I can’t wait to see where the journey will take us.