The Dragon's Egg: Dragonfall, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Seventy-five years ago, the dragons fell from the sky. We thought they were just meteorites - six terrifying explosions rang the world like a bell. When the dust settled, we went on with our lives as though nothing had happened.
More than a decade later, five of the eggs hatched. The dragons that emerged were small and weak. They kept to the shadows, working in secret to persuade people to do their bidding, offering magic as payment and reward. Years passed...and still we didn't notice the evil growing in our midst.
The war began suddenly. Survivors called it the "apocalypse" - nine billion people killed in an afternoon. Then the dragons revealed themselves, burning huge swaths of what remained, taunting and mocking and murdering the survivors.
Four leaders arose: the Wizard, the Dragon Rider, the Monk, and the Dragon Slayer. Allied with the rebel dragon, they waged war for years until they, too, were defeated, scattered, or killed.
When the war ended, only one dragon remained...but that single dragon was enough to plunge the world into tyranny.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 48 minutes|
|Author||David A. Wells|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 26, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #34,174 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#555 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,768 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,984 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
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It was very confusing to me because the writing style screamed *children's book*----very straightforward, "see Jane run" type of thing----yet the action scenes were obviously *too graphic* for the age group that type of writing is intended for.
The premise of the story was interesting and could have made for a really great book (and series, I suppose, although I won't be dedicating the time to reading the other 2 books that follow) if there had been a real fleshing out of the characters, the world, the motivations, the.....well, everything that we didn't get.
The entire thing felt like watching something happening on a security camera. You can see what's going on in that moment but you're utterly lost as to why it's happening, what the people involved are thinking or feeling, what led them to be doing what they're doing, or anything that has you interested in knowing the people involved or caring about the outcome.
Another pet peeve was the bumbling *mistakes* made throughout by the characters despite there being constant reinforcement of the idea that this was a super serious, life or death, fate of the world type battle they're fighting. One scene in particular made me want to throw the book into the fireplace (and I might have if I had one) because how are you going to do this thing that you'd been warning your family against over and over for their entire lives because it's SO dangerous and the consequences could bring untold evil into the world so it has to be carefully prepared for and controlled with precision yet when you decide you must do it, you look at the two wild cards in the room and seemingly shrug and say, "Oh, let's not worry about how they might interfere and cause disaster while I do this. YOLO."
At any rate, I'm going to spend a little time mourning what this book could have been. I suspect the storyline, especially if things are fleshed out more in the later books, would be enough to keep most people interested which is why I didn't give it 1 star. But I've read books like it's my job for my entire life and being transported to another world/reality is paramount to me. This book simply told me about that other world/reality which is why I didn't give it 5 stars.
Cyril appears to be the seasoned vet with many unseen facets to his past. Ben is the inexperienced youth trained up well by Cyril's words of wisdom and physical defense training. This is one of those stories that play out like a coming-of-age for the youth while someone from the older generation teaches them. These types of tales do well when the youth listens, watches, and learns instead of solely engaging and having a world view that they know how to handle everything. Like Frank. Frank is annoying but it's how he was written. He is Ben's peer but they're both two different examples of the same experience. They're choices and desires make them who they are even though they've hade similar choices through life. Like two sides of the same coin, or two coins of the same make and year. My only complaint against using the character is giving us more background into why he thinks and acts/reacts the way he does. He ultimately is just an annoying self-centered person but he is family.
So far, it's worth moving on to the next book in the series but I am leery of the powerful characters falling so easily.
When the dragons fell to earth there was one that was very weak and was befriended by humans. That dragon tried to help the humans survive by training them how to defeat the other stronger dragons. He became a friend to the Wizard, the Monk, the Dragon Rider and the Dragon Slayer who then began to fight and overthrow the other dragons.
Now, the Wizard must bring his family out of hiding to rescue his kidnapped infant grandchild. Ben, another grandchild has been groomed for years to take over for his grandfather never knowing why. Now it is Ben's turn to try and defeat the one remaining dragon, however, he knows so little and has few to help. He cannot even trust his own brother to help when help is needed.
I would give this ten stars if I could. It was a great story with great characters!