GENRE: Epic Fantasy
AUDIENCE: Adult and Young Adult
PUBLISHER: Arboreal Press
COVER DESIGN: Heather Hilson
The Wings of Dragons is a fast-paced adventure that follows Iren, a young man who has been shunned by his country for being a Left. Because Iren is left-handed, his countrymen think he is an evil monster, and he grows up in isolation, locked away in a castle tower. To pass the time, 18-year-old Iren amuses himself by playing pranks on anyone who dares to come close, which certainly doesn’t increase his popularity.
When Iren is enlisted to go on a quest to save the people of Lodia, he is taken aback. His travel companions are powerful and well-respected, and Iren doesn’t understand why they would want him, a Left with no training in battle, to accompany them. Little does he know, he is a pawn in a much larger scheme.
With the help of an old hag and new friends, though, Iren learns that there is more to his left-handedness than he previously thought. The plot of The Wings of Dragons unfolds with many unexpected twists and turns, which keeps things interesting and entertaining.
The Wings of Dragons is the first book in a series, and as fantasy is wont to do, a lot of time is spent explaining the magical realm and, quite bluntly, telling the reader why things happened. Unfortunately, less time is spent on character development. A good editor could have helped AUTHOR’S NAME explain things a bit more subtly, which might have given him more room to delve into his characters.
Fantasy fans who enjoy a new magical world will have fun with the plot twists and original concepts in this book. Although the explanations dragged on sometimes, the overall plot was exciting and intriguing. I have no doubt that the next book in this series will be well worth the read, since the explanations and backstory have been taken care of in Book One.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Amy R. Biddle, co-founder and senior editor at Underground Book Reviews, was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains and has since made a living on the great blue sea. The Atheist's Prayer, her debut novel, is a dark comedy about a fairy-worshiping suicide cult, released in February 2104 by Perfect Edge Books. You can visit her at www.amyrbiddle.com.