Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dragonwatch: Wrath of the Dragon King - Brandon Mull

Summary: War has come to the dragon sanctuaries of the world and nowhere is the danger more intense than at Wyrmroost. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Armed with information from a new ally Ronodin, the dark unicorn Celebrant seeks a legendary talisman the dominion stone.

However, the powerful stone is protected by a cursed castle. Upon entering the castle fortress, an unyielding power strips all magical beings of their power and forces Celebrant to take his human avatar form. Kendra and Seth must enter the cursed castle as well. The race is on. Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost against the greatest threat the magical community has faced in ages? Can they foil Celebrant's plan and beat him to the mighty dominion stone? Or will all hope be shattered by the wrath of the Dragon King? (Summary and image from goodreads.com. I was provided a preview copy in exchange for an honest review.)

Review: Kendra and Seth have their work cut out for them as the caretakers of Wyrmroost, not to mention dealing with the wounded pride of Celebrant. With trepidation, they accept an invitation to dinner - but what they are to find there will certainly have ramifications much more dangerous than their last encounter.

Not much can be told about a book by its first few chapters, and the review copy I was sent only covered those first few. That being said, this looks to be an action-packed, breakneck novel. In the few chapters I received, my head was spinning from all the information and action packed into such a short preview. There's a lot of ground to cover, both figuratively and literally, there are bigger, badder, more treacherous, deadlier villains and allies, and this book definitely looks to keep even the most reluctant reader satisfied.

That being said, it felt a little harried. Granted, I only saw a preview, but so much happened, I didn't feel like I had a chance to absorb or process the action before I was required to move on. It's tricky to fully review a book without reading the whole thing, so based upon what I have read - will I continue? Definitely. Am I a bit more wary than I was? Yes.

The book releases next week - and I fully plan to revisit it once I've had a chance to devour the whole thing. As for now, my rating is

Rating: TBA

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