A few weeks ago, I shared the re-release of A.D. Trosper's Embers at Galdrilene with you. At that time, I promised a review ... and here it is!
“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future.”
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.
Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders ... and soon six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on an epic and dangerous journey of discovery. They soon learn everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.
With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.
But an evil from the past soon threatens their discovery and newfound joy. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more ...
Here is where I'm supposed to talk about myself in third person for whatever reason. But, even though there are a lot of people in my head, referring to myself in third person still sounds too strange.
Born in Kansas, I spent a lot of my childhood moving around. I lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington State (around Seattle), and southern California. I had many great adventures growing up. I'm now settled down in Kansas with my wonderful husband, three children, my wonderful dog Katie, assorted cats, and small flock of chickens.
I've been an avid lover of fantasy since I was young child. Dragons, elves, fairies, dwarves, and other denizens of the fantasy world as well as magic have always fascinated me. As I grew up, I developed an interest in vampires, zombies and my interests branched out to take in paranormal and urban fantasy.
I don't have any special writing credits to my name other than a wildly active imagination and the ability to form that imagination into written stories.
Want to know more or connect with me? Follow the links, I promise there is no wicked witch of the west at the end … most of the time.
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After far too long, my TBR pile finally presented me with a book I’ve been dying to dig into: Embers at Galdrilene, by A.D. Trosper. And, armed with a bit ‘o time on my hands (courtesy of the long holiday weekend), I did just that.
Wow! Trosper really hits one out of the park on her first try. I’m no expert on fantasy, but I know what I like … and I like this book a lot. It didn’t hurt that a few early scenes reminded me of some of my all-time favorite stories (Kellinar and Serena’s early flight was reminiscent of the hobbits’ flight to Bree in LOTR (including an ill-fated stop at an inn and an encounter with a dark rider), and when Serena calls Kellinar a scoundrel, a similar exchange between Leia and Han flashed through my mind), but, make no mistake, Embers burns with a fire all its own.
Along the way, I was introduced to some awesome new adjectives—dragon-blasted and fate-forsaken being my two faves—and took great pleasure in this new adage: “beauty is only a lamp wick away.”
The novel is chock full of characters—from heroes/heroines to dragons to evil ones—so I took to jotting quick notes to help me keep track at first. Trosper’s characters are compelling and well described, so I don’t recommend this for all readers; just the ones, like me, who may be inclined to read faster than he/she can properly digest.
Kirynn is my favorite character. Not only is she intelligent, loyal, and skilled … but she’s also totally babe-alicious and doesn’t give a damn. In fact, she offers my favorite line in the book (while ruminating on her physical attraction to Vaddoc): “As long as he doesn’t get too attached or try to make a claim on her, she wouldn’t mind taking a turn in bed with him someday.”
While other characters are finding bondmates, at least someone’s got her fate-forsaken priorities straight! LOL
The book began with a flurry of action and tension. Then the pace of the middle third (or so) of the book slowed down, as Trosper focused on world building and adding depth to the relationships of the main characters. It was well done and necessary—there’s a whole lotta story goin’ on—but I found myself chomping at the bit before too long. I’m quite an impatient reader once I’ve tasted the good stuff.
And Trosper delivered again! The ending was fast and furious, while effectively bringing the story to a satisfying, but not complete, conclusion. The tale is simply too big for that.
Embers is the first book in the "Dragon’s Call" trilogy. Book two is currently underway, so I hope Trosper keeps her nose to the grindstone and her fingers on the keyboard, because I’m dragon-blasted impatient!
I highly recommend Embers at Galdrilene to fantasy fans and anyone who loves great fiction.
Embers at Galdrilene is the first book in the "Dragon's Call" trilogy. Be sure to check it out and let me (and A.D.) know what you think!