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Dragon's Ring, by Dave Freer Book Review | SFReader.com
Dragon's Ring, by Dave Freer Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Baen Published: 2009 Review Posted: 6/19/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Dragon's Ring, by Dave Freer
Book Review by SJ Higbee
Have you read this book?
This enjoyable fantasy romp doesn't pretend to break any molds,
concentrating as it does on dragon kind and their rule of Tasmarin, a
plane cut off from all other worlds, where dragons can be dragons and
humans can be dinner. It's a place of islands, forests, mountains and
wild oceans, filled with magical denizens. Fion--the black
dragon--calmly tells anyone who will listen that he's going to destroy
the place. Of course he's a joker, a troublemaker and a dragon of no
fixed abode. No one ever believes him--but he's dead serious.
Others strive to refresh the magics that built this place. However, to
be successful they need the combined magical forces of all the
intelligent species, to renew the ancient balance and compact. There is
just one problem. They need a human mage and dragons systematically
eliminated those centuries ago. Their augury has revealed that there
is one, and they seek her desperately. Unfortunately, she's fallen in
with Fionn, who really doesn't want them to succeed. He has his own
reasons and dark designs.
The part he hasn't worked out is that she will affect his plans, too.
Chaos, roguery, heroism, theft, love, kidnapping, magic and war follow.
And more chaos.
If you're a fan of Diana Wynne Jones or K.E. Mills, then you'll enjoy
Freer's brand of adventure and humor. Although, it's highly likely
that you're already familiar with his writing, as Dave Freer is no
newbie. Since his first publication, The Forlorn, in 1999, Freer has
co-authored a slew of books with the likes of Eric Flint and Mercedes
His experience certainly shows in the slickness of the writing and deft
handling of a fairly convoluted plot. The world building is adequate
and Freer's unfussy writing style stands him in good stead during the
numerous action scenes, but his strength is in his depiction of Fionn.
This character is certainly not a clear-cut 'good guy' and I appreciated
the ambivalence that the reader shares with the human mage, as she
tries to understand exactly what is going on. Although I wasn't
laughing out loud, I certainly smiled and chuckled at the sharp-edged
exchanges that give the fantastic adventures an extra dimension. This
was, overall, a pleasurable read with plenty of tension that had me
reading far into the night to find out what happened.
Any grizzles? My one niggle is that I found the beginning of the book
rather confused, with a lot of characters swiftly introduced. My
husband had read it first and highly recommended it. Otherwise, I might
not have persisted to the point where Meb's story pulled me in. Given
how strongly the plot develops, I do feel that Freer could have ironed
out this crinkle. I so nearly didn't get to complete this engaging
book, which would have been a real shame.
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