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Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
So does "Todd" (although of course that is very likely author's actual name). I always thought Pern map looked slightly like a sharper 90 degree turned Pangea map. Cover art almost looks like one of Rob Carlos's celestial dragons.
Todd's primarily known for his fantasy artwork, it appears the cover is one of his own pieces and he's done a lot of art for book covers and fantasy games.

I suppose it's worth including the teaser blurb for this book to see why I'm so hungup on the this looks like pern thing.

"The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator--a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics. The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia's desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world--and of herself."
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
Pern meets Song of Fire & Ice meets Wayfarer Redemption? (wants to checkout the preview but Amazon doesn't have yet).

Hmmm...Amazon synopsis makes it sound like Naomi's Temeraire and Lackey's Joust tossed in there as well: "Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon--one of the rare and mythical High Dragons--makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life"
we'll see how the book goes. i'm not that far in but right now it's hinting at a slightly archaic fantasy narrative style that i'm not feeling.
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
It would be dreadful if just a ripoff of Pern books. Or if a confusing mashup of popular dragon series that doesn't quite come together. *shrugs* a lot of fantasy is formulaic but a really good author can transcend that to tell an original story weaving in the familiar elements.

So, sounds like one I'll be following your posts to see how your read went -- could go either way.
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
I thought Temeraire books also had an archaic fantasy narrative style ... took me a while to get into first one and isn't my favorite style where I'm not reading them back to back (but still engrossing). Just somehow more "difficult" to get into the flow of the story.
hah yeah, i'm really really hoping it ends up being good
cause bad ripoff and or pretentious narrative will make me so sad
Debbie's Spurts 4 years ago
“The master of dragon art brings the same skills to dragon storytelling. This is a compelling, fully realized story which is as detailed and exciting as anything since the Pern tales. A sure winner.”
— Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of the Shannara Tales

Hmmm...where has Brooks been that he doesn't have any other dragon storytelling books to compare it to other than the Pern tales (which are actually still going -- and just how close to the Pern tales is this one)?