The Souls of the Fire Dragon Review

By | July 6, 2010

The Souls Of The Fire Dragon
by John Wrieden

Jakob’s Goodreads Rating: (2) of 5 Stars – “It was ok”
Recommended for: Fantasy Readers

Book description:

Fate leaned back in his chair and smiled. “The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference.” Death nodded in concurrence. “Wake up, Akea, and see the truth.” A young man awakens suddenly in a cold, dark alleyway with no recall of who he is or how he got there. A woman is leaning over him, urging him to flee with her. ‘The Watchmen are coming!’ she warns him. He goes with her and soon recovers not only his name. Akea, but discovers that he is a powerful magician, albeit with an unfortunate lack of self-control. Together, with a small band of rebels, magicians and one very seductive female dragon, he fights for the freedom of his city and country, which lie under the tyrannical yoke of dark magicians and brutal men.

I was sent this book for review a little over a month ago and finally managed to get to it. I have been looking forward to it. An Orwellian concept with dragons and magic – what could go wrong with that?

The plot kept me somewhat engaged but there were plenty of confusing elements that just seemed disjointed or out of place. The multiple dimensions with the vague addition of Gods, but not a full pantheon seemed like a bunch of editing or refinement was missing. Ok, so Life, Death, and Fate are present… which indicates a Greek thing… where is the expansion on that then? The author relied on the readers assuming what Life and Death (as godlike entities), but then didn’t really account for the mental jump of wondering where the rest of them were.

Yet there is a solid base there that further stories could be built from. Expanding on the different realities and a bit more structure may bring the world to life a bit more. It really felt that if there was a bit more solid work on the editors part with the author that it would have brought everything up a notch. I will be keeping an eye out for more stories from this author in the future to see if the potential I do see is indeed realized.

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