When I first met this author, I admit I proceeded with caution. Her books are relatively newly published, and they’re all self-published – not that that’s a bad thing, but I have run across a few self-published authors recently whose work was less than satisfying. The covers looked great, the story was interesting, but would it be any good? I’m so glad the answer was yes. This is a wonderful fantasy story for any age, and the ending will blow your mind!
The Dragon Throne follows Fianna, princess and heir to the Dragon Throne. We first meet her at the age of 11, a year after the death of her mother. Fianna is a fire-ball – headstrong and opinionated – but ultimately governed by a code of honor and ethics passed down to her by her father. But her father inadvertently threatens her position as heir when he takes a new wife, bringing about the possibility that a new, male heir could be born. Devestated and angry, Fianna runs away to her aunt’s home, where she is taught the ways of the Dragon Throne, though her aunt’s tutelage carries the bitterness of a firstborn woman who has also lost the throne.
On the other side of the realm is The Prancer, a unicorn on a journey of honor as he seeks the dragon who killed his milk-brother. The Prancer is honest, determined, and witty, but his past is shrouded in mystery, and he bears the marks of both painter and dancer – positions usually bestowed to twins. His confusion about his past and his place are undercurrents to his quest to help his milk-brother and try to learn why magic is waning.
Along the way Fianna makes friends with Deian, a boy who’s connection with the land is unlike any other human’s. He’s kind, patient, and completely unobtrusive, almost to a fault. He also senses the magic fading, and learns that the land is dying with it.
The realm is governed by four kingdoms – two human, each aligned with either the unicorn or dragon kingdom.
This is a beautiful fantasy turned sci-fi story that strikes all my favorite chords – unicorns, dragons, princesses, and magic – without being cliche or predictable. The story ends with a bit of a cliff-hanger, but the author addresses enough of the story to satisfy the reader while leaving an incredible hunger to finish the journey and learn the outcome.
The book is written in a close third point of view that is easy to follow and reminiscent of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy in that it switches between parties in different places. The story is what I consider “clean” – no swearing, and no sex (some implications, but no detail), which I really appreciate. I love the perspectives given, and I’m eager to start the next book.
This book comes highly recommended! I give it:
Priest by day, writer at odd times of the day and night, I live with a small green parrot called Xander because the upkeep for a dragon is beyond my current budget. Plus I’m responsible for making good any flame damage to church property. I love ‘Doctor Who’, landscape photography, single malt whisky, and my job, in no particular order. When I’m not looking after a small parish church in the Midlands (England) I like to go on far flung adventures to places like Peru, New Zealand, and the Arctic.