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review 2016-07-30 16:27
Sweet with a Side of Dark: The Dragon's Call | Review + Narrator Interview
The Dragon's Call: The Dragon Throne - K. W. McCabe,Kristina Yuen,K.W. McCabe

This post-apocalyptic dystopian YA Fantasy is lifted by a non-typical relationship path.


In a thoughtless, final act of destruction, humans wake the one creature of legend that they have no protection against...Years after the complete subjugation of the human race, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, and Cecily, create a tentative friendship. But something, or someone, is stalking the human enclave. Cecily and Derek must find out who and why, before Cecily is next...



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The Dragon's Call by KW McCabe, read by Kristina Yuen, published independently (2013) / Length: 7 hrs 14 min



This is Book #1 in "The Dragon Throne" series. Book #2 has been long delayed.



This is a typical YA Fantasy that doesn't completely break any molds, nor did anything about it absolutely wow me, but I like it and anticipate listening to it again occasionally.


We have the following tropes: a (dragon) prince who just wants to be normal, a girl with something special about her, an instant "something" between them (on his part), a very rapidly developing relationship, and a BFF who can't keep her mouth shut.


But we also have: a girl whose broken & imperfect family nevertheless cares and is present & trying, actual "dates" with getting to know you moments, a main character who seeks out opportunities to make good friendships, efforts to mend things that aren't working, and NO love triangle.

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text 2016-06-17 18:42
Character Arc!
The Temptation of Dragons (Penny White) (Volume 1) - Chrys Cymri
The Dragon Throne (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) - Chrys Cymri
Dragons Can Only Rust - Chrys Cymri

One way for a writer to obtain reviews for a book is to agree to do reviews for other writers. The advice is that you need reviews in order to entice someone to buy your book, and also that very few readers will take the time to leave a review (no matter how nicely you ask!).


I’ve been involved in ‘review rounds’ organised by a group on Goodreads. Ten authors sign up, and the moderator ensures that there are no reciprocal reviews. You agree to read/review four books in return for four other people reading/reviewing yours.


Some of the review rounds have been in a specific genre. Others have been ‘open.’ So I’ve found myself reading historicals, romances, and even a children’s book along the way.


What I’ve discovered, now that I’ve been forced to read outside my preferred genres, is I don’t mind what the book is, so long as there is a character arc. Let the setting be in an alternative Japanese history, or an 18th century melodrama, or a small town in the 1970’s. If I find the characters engaging, if I can see (rather than be told) them change during the course of the tale, then I can take pleasure in a wide variety of settings.


Conversely, if the characters remain static for the course of the book, it doesn’t matter if the novel fits into my preferred reading material. I want to go on a (sometimes metaphorical) journey with the person I’m reading about. If I finish the last page and what s/he has been through hasn’t changed her/him in some way, then I find myself wondering why I’d bothered.


When I wrote my first two novels, my inspiration for character change was the singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg. I had many of his CDs, and I was intrigued as to how his voice had changed during his career. My thought was, ‘I want Gonard’s voice to change during the course of his travels.’ Not literally, actually, but in the way he would go from cowering in front of humans to a willingness to challenge them.


For my next two novels, ‘The Dragon Throne’ and ‘The Unicorn Throne,’ I knew the beginning and the end point for the characters, so writing their arcs seemed to come easily. Forgiveness features across the story of both Fianna and the Prancer. Both of them act in foolish ways, because they’re young. Part of growing up is to realise that your parents make choices which they feel were for the best, even if you didn’t think so at the time. Both of the main characters learn from making their own mistakes that they can forgive their fathers for those mistakes which their fathers had made.


But those novels, and ‘The Judas Disciple’, were written to be more self contained than my new series. The first ‘Penny White’ has been published, I’m reaching finishing line on the second book, ‘The Cult of Unicorns’, and I have ideas for at least another three. So it’s a challenge to both provide some character development in each book, yet leave matters open ended for the next one. That might be why I loaded so much on Penny’s plate! For example, jer parents dying when she was a teenager, her husband drowning just a short while before the first book starts, an annoying younger brother for whom she is and yet is not a mother. And the traditional romantic triangle, although perhaps not entirely traditional as the sexy ‘bad boy’ is a dragon.


The other challenge is to seed things into earlier novels which can then become important later on. The main idea for the fourth novel, ‘The Vengeance of Snails’, came to me while I was just about to publish ‘The Temptation of Dragons.’ So I was able to add an important point to the description of Clyde’s parent before I released the book.


Perhaps part of the challenge for me, personally, is that I haven’t read too many book series. The ‘Harry Potter’ books, of course, but those were able to develop the characters because the series followed them growing up. As a teenager I loved ‘The Dragonriders of Pern’ series, but the author’s attitudes towards women and gays now disturb me. I liked the first few books of the ‘Temeraire’ series by Naomi Novik, but these have become less interesting as the series has progressed.


So I’ve been making notes, and plotting story arcs, and trying to leave clues in earlier books which will make sense later on. But there’s only so much I can think of in advance. Or as my favourite Doctor once said, ‘Even I can’t play this many games at once!’ (Ghostlight, 1989)

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review 2016-04-01 15:08
The Dragon Throne
The Dragon Throne (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) - Chrys Cymri

I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway.


This was a slow moving book that really didn't take off until the 80% mark, just in time to try and hook readers for the following book in the series. For a novel that contained an assassination and three confrontations with a dragon there wasn't much action or anything of interest to draw the reader in. I also found that this novel seemed to borrow a lot from other works in the genres. Certain elements called to mind both the Pern series and The Derkholm duology by Diana Wynne Jones. There is also a scene at approximately the 80% mark which reminds me a great deal of a scene in the A Song of Fire and Ice series. I don't think any novel can truly be called original, but I prefer any connection to a previous work, especially such popular ones to be less obvious. Furthermore, the writing was quite rough in spots so even the semi-interesting bits were hampered by some oddly worded and structured sentences. I gave this book three stars, while I didn't enjoy it myself I could see the appeal.

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text 2016-03-02 04:59
February Wrap-Up, 2016 Reading Challenge Update & March Reading List
The Force Awakens (Star Wars) - Alan Dean Foster
STARGATE SG-1: Relativity - James Swallow
Planet X - Michael Jan Friedman
The Masterharper of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Lord of Chaos - Robert Jordan
Sherlock: Chronicles - Steve Tribe
Death in the Tunnel - Miles Burton
The Dragon Throne (The Four Kingdoms Book 1) - Chrys Cymri

February Wrap-Up


February was a good month for me. I completed 14 book and 3 graphic novels. Out of those 17 completed works: I rated six as 5 stars, two as 4 stars, and one as 4 1/2 stars. I only had two books that I DNF, which is awesome. My average for the month for DNF is around 5. Going into March I have four books on my Currently Reading List.


I'm still doing the buddy read for American Gods, this will take a while because our schedules don't always sync up. If we're lucky we can get together once every other week. I'm still enjoying it and I'm kind of getting frustrated that we can't get together more frequently. I'm also slowly going through The Annotated Sherlock Holmes Volume II. I've been reading one story every other day and I fully expect to be finished with this volume before the end of the month. I'm finding that the formatting of this volume is really annoying me and I don't know why; it's set up the same way the previous volume was. Each page has two columns, the story is printed on the inner column and any notes on the outer column. This formatting is kept up throughout the book, even when there aren't any notes, so some pages have a huge empty space on the outer edges of the pages. I started An Elementary Study in Chemistry in February as well. I've been picking it up and reading a chapter at a time whenever I feel in the mood. This one I fully expect to be reading well into April. The final book on my Currently Reading List is The Force Awakens, which should be completed before the end of this week. 


2016 Reading Challenge Update


1. Participate in four readathons. 

 I've participated in two readathons so far this year. In January I did the Bout of Books, which ran from January 4th-10th. In February I participated in the Rainbowthon 2.0, which ran February 7th-14th.


2. Finish "The Wheel of Time" Series.

  I left off at book 5 in the series sometime last year. In March I'm planning to start up the series again, though I might need to refresh my memory of what happened in previous books. 


3. Read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

 I haven't done this yet and will probably not happen until later in the year.


4. Reduce Library Shelf by half.

 I've already removed 21 books from my library wishlist, most of them I couldn't remember why I had added them in the first place.


5. Read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

 I started and finished this in February. I'm kind of mad at myself for putting this off for so long. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be picking up more of Dickens work in the near future to read.


6. Finish one series other than "The Wheel of Time".

 This was done in January. I completed the Harper Hall Series, which had been sitting on my shelf unread for a ridiculous number of years. 


7.Read at least 100 books.

 Two months into the year and I've already read 32 books. I don't expect to keep this pace throughout the year. Usually around April my reading slows down, so it will be nice to have a good cushion going into the warmer months.


March Reading List


I have nine books on my March Reading List, one I've started already. The Dragon Throne, I won in a giveaway over a month ago. I know the author was expecting a review, so I feel bad about putting it off for so long, but there were other books that wanted to read before I dived into that one. After an almost three month hiatus I'm planning to jump back into the "Wheel of Time" series with The Lord of Chaos. Due to waiting so long, I will probably have to find a summary of the previous book on-line to refresh my memory and will be reading this book towards the end of the month. RelativityPlanet X, The Masterharper of Pern and Infinite Jest have all been on my shelf for over two years so it will be nice to clear them. March should be a good month

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review 2016-01-02 06:10
A Stunning Conclusion
The Unicorn Throne: The Four Kingdoms Book Two - Chrys Cymri

This is an excellent follow up and conclusion to part one of the series, The Dragon Throne: Volume 1 (The Four Kingdoms). I love the development of all the characters, though there are some absolutely heartbreaking developments in the story.

Fianna and the Prancer (unicorn) must continue their journeys to save the land, but it's time to face their own demons. Deian is taken away on his own quest, and in so doing puts himself in the most dangerous position of all. Love is had and lost, wounds are opened and healed, and the story is left to a fulfilling, but perfectly open-ended ending, leaving the mind to create new and wonderful endings to the stories of these characters.

The author is excellent at foreshadowing, giving the reader just enough to wonder and dread, but not so much as to spell everything out. There is a beautiful blend of fantasy and sci-fi, which elevates the story from expected to stunning. As with the other, this book comes highly recommended. You won't be disappointed!

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