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The new world is calling... Neill Torvald is desperate to prove himself—his father’s warlord kingdom depends on him. When a vicious attack on the way to the Draconis Order monastery nearly kills him, it becomes clear that grave trials await him on this path. Jodreth, the wise monk who saves his life, advises caution upon entering the sacred halls. His mission is to learn The new world is calling... Neill Torvald is desperate to prove himself—his father’s warlord kingdom depends on him. When a vicious attack on the way to the Draconis Order monastery nearly kills him, it becomes clear that grave trials await him on this path. Jodreth, the wise monk who saves his life, advises caution upon entering the sacred halls. His mission is to learn arcane magic from the monks that will help to cement his father’s power, but Neill will need more than magical arts alone to navigate the challenges before him. Among the monks’ students, Neill meets the lovely and mysterious Char, who senses evil deep within the ranks of the Draconis Order’s members. She takes him to a dragon she has raised, Paxala, and the three of them become fast friends. Neill soon grows in strength as he and his fellow students gain ancient knowledge, and his closeness to Char blossoms into something more. But when Niell’s brothers grow impatient and attack the monastery in a bid to seize power, he will have to decide where his loyalties lie: with his warlord father’s domain, or the new friends he has made in the wider world.


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The new world is calling... Neill Torvald is desperate to prove himself—his father’s warlord kingdom depends on him. When a vicious attack on the way to the Draconis Order monastery nearly kills him, it becomes clear that grave trials await him on this path. Jodreth, the wise monk who saves his life, advises caution upon entering the sacred halls. His mission is to learn The new world is calling... Neill Torvald is desperate to prove himself—his father’s warlord kingdom depends on him. When a vicious attack on the way to the Draconis Order monastery nearly kills him, it becomes clear that grave trials await him on this path. Jodreth, the wise monk who saves his life, advises caution upon entering the sacred halls. His mission is to learn arcane magic from the monks that will help to cement his father’s power, but Neill will need more than magical arts alone to navigate the challenges before him. Among the monks’ students, Neill meets the lovely and mysterious Char, who senses evil deep within the ranks of the Draconis Order’s members. She takes him to a dragon she has raised, Paxala, and the three of them become fast friends. Neill soon grows in strength as he and his fellow students gain ancient knowledge, and his closeness to Char blossoms into something more. But when Niell’s brothers grow impatient and attack the monastery in a bid to seize power, he will have to decide where his loyalties lie: with his warlord father’s domain, or the new friends he has made in the wider world.

30 review for Dragon God

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Niell Torvald is on a mission is to learn arcane magic from the monks of the Draconis Order monastery that will help to cement his father’s power, but Niell will need more than magical arts alone to navigate the challenges before him. Among the students, Niell meets Char, who senses evil deep within the ranks of the Order’s membership. She takes him to a dragon she has raised, Paxala, and the three become fast friends. But when Niell’s brothers Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Niell Torvald is on a mission is to learn arcane magic from the monks of the Draconis Order monastery that will help to cement his father’s power, but Niell will need more than magical arts alone to navigate the challenges before him. Among the students, Niell meets Char, who senses evil deep within the ranks of the Order’s membership. She takes him to a dragon she has raised, Paxala, and the three become fast friends. But when Niell’s brothers grow impatient and attack the monastery in a bid to seize power, he will have to decide where his loyalties lie: with his warlord father’s domain, or the new friends he has made in the wider world. The short review... Dual POV stories always intrigue me. I especially enjoy it when we get a girl's POV vs a male's POV. Char and Niell made Dragon God really enjoyable because I liked them as people. They felt really authentic to their back history which worked really well to inform who they were and how they reacted to being drafted into the Draconis Order. This added to the fact, I love dragons. I especially love dragon books about raising a dragon. Dragon God had a little dragon raising and I loved all these moments with Char. I even liked it when Niell became involved too. There was also a TON of politics. Well at least there was a lot of setup for politics. Many characters were introduced and villains were setup to use politics with these Draconic monks. Nothing really came of these politics except for a battle that didn't need all of this political setup. This formed the bulk of Niell's POV and it was rather boring in places. At other moments everything felt quite rushed and easy, much like a middle grade book is at times. So we end up with an adult framed story and a middle grade read, it will throw some readers off, even though it has potential. The next book will really be the gauge because if the author does some plotting with all of this setup the following books will make for a depthful read! Cover & Title grade -> A- For an indie cover this is gorgeous!! Ava Richardson knows what she is doing when it comes to cover design. I was totally drawn to Dragon God because of the art. And happily so... My only problem with it is that the setting in the cover seems off. I know there was a large cavern that the red dragon lived in but it was under a waterfall. And the kind dragon lived in one under ground but the red dragon wasn't there... Why you may enjoy Dragon God and the following books in the First Dragon Rider series? -The Dragon Culture. Most of the time dragons are portrayed as one of two ways... Friends and companions to humans or monsters who humans must fight. This world bridges both of those dragon tropes and positions dragons are more human than creature, being both good and bad. It's an intriguing idea! -Medieval World. This world certainly hearkens back to the traditional old world style fantasy with castles, swords and war mongering. It also incorporates the magic and dark sorcery that is so popular in fantasy right now. While this isn't totally fresh it's setup in a way that takes on a personality of its own. -All the Political Characters. Right now we get a ton of introductions with a bunch of political vignettes. I feel like all of these secondary characters have great potential to add to the dragon rider story. Sure it isn't quite achieved in Dragon God but the setup is in place to take us places! As a Writer... Many readers and thus writers misunderstand the purpose of a multiple POV story. Multiple POVs are NOT meant to split one story arc into two. It's meant to showcase aspects of the world that you wouldn't naturally see from a single POV. You should have complete story and character arcs from each of the POVs. Simpler arcs or well known trope arcs are perfect for one or the other POVs as they are don't need as much development. Thus the world building can be concentrated on with that POV. It's a great way to give depth to a story without overloading one character. What I enjoyed Char and I liked Niell but neither POV had enough of a story. Char was all about this red dragon and I was really interested in what would happen with her. While something DID happen in the end I didn't feel like enough happened in between WITH Char. Niell's story was really lacking in plot, a lot of time spent telling us about the world and agonizing about his role at the order. He had a large role to play in the end with Char but I wish that he had more of his own events. There were plenty of characters and there could have been a whole lot more intrigue and plotting between the different political parties. Dragon God is a solid start to a middle grade transitioning into YA story that has the potential for unusual depth and breathe to the story. The dragons are truly a superior aspect and well worth revisiting the medieval setting of the story. Char and Niell are dragon riders to watch! ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter... Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Mahoney

    I really liked this book. The beginning threw me off a bit due to the fact that a lot of fantasy-esque terms were used that hadn't been introduced or explained, however they come into play further within the book. I'm not all too familiar with the fantasy genre other than Lord of the Rings, so I didn't know quite what I was in for with this book but given that I really enjoy Dragonheart I was interested in what this book had to offer. I won't go too much into detail as I don't want to spoil this I really liked this book. The beginning threw me off a bit due to the fact that a lot of fantasy-esque terms were used that hadn't been introduced or explained, however they come into play further within the book. I'm not all too familiar with the fantasy genre other than Lord of the Rings, so I didn't know quite what I was in for with this book but given that I really enjoy Dragonheart I was interested in what this book had to offer. I won't go too much into detail as I don't want to spoil this book, but it has some really tense and thrilling chapters! Once I had moved past my initial confusion (which if you've read my other reviews I'm quite good at being confused by things) the book really began to draw me in. Whilst Neil Torvald is the adventurous and somewhat stubbornly loyal protagonist type, I was amazed to find that he wasn't written to be some stereotypical good-at-everything-he-does leading role! Don't be put off by this concept though - I found that it added more depth to the character, showing us the hardships and accomplishments that went along with all of the difficulties in learning new skills. It also paved the road to introducing new characters, instead of slotting them into the immediate role of sidekick. The pacing of the book is easy to keep up with, I didn't find myself getting bored at any point and I could easily see this as a story that would become a film. The introduction of dragons happens in two different contexts, one being personal introduction and another being scholarly. These two contexts really introduces the listener/reader to the different ways that dragons are treated in the book and also the conflicting personalities of certain characters. I came to really enjoy the narration! Tiffany Williams narrates each character incredibly well, reflecting the personalities into her voice. Each characters voice was significantly different and it was easy to distinguish which character was speaking without context clues. Williams mirrored the suspense of the story itself in her voice which added a really impressive atmosphere to the audiobook. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ava Richardson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eric Buffington

    The cover art captured me right away! I was very interested to see this dragon in action. The title also gave away that someone would eventually ride a dragon. I was a little surprised at the twist and who ended up riding which dragon (no spoilers here). Just something that I thought was well done. I liked the story. The world had some complicated politics, which I also like to see. The writing style was good and kept me reading. I enjoyed the character development of this book at the beginning, a The cover art captured me right away! I was very interested to see this dragon in action. The title also gave away that someone would eventually ride a dragon. I was a little surprised at the twist and who ended up riding which dragon (no spoilers here). Just something that I thought was well done. I liked the story. The world had some complicated politics, which I also like to see. The writing style was good and kept me reading. I enjoyed the character development of this book at the beginning, and I liked the writing style, the characters were fairly believable, in that there were some things I liked about them and some things that drove me crazy (like real people). The one thing I found difficult about this book was that the pacing felt a little lopsided at times. What I mean by that is there would be a long segment where very little seemed to happen other than meeting the characters, then the build up to the climax seemed like a lot happened in a short amount of pages, and it ended abruptly. The End

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    “I was a friend to dragons. It was like one of those old fairy tales. I was a dragon-friend, me, Neill of Torvald!” -Ava Richardson, Dragon God The Draconis Order monastery helps hold together the three kingdoms ruled by three brothers. When rumors of war and contention between the three kingdoms, a child from each noble is sent to the monastery to learn and in turn bring the kingdoms together. But no one knows where the Draconis Order gets their magic from or why the dragons are on their side. D “I was a friend to dragons. It was like one of those old fairy tales. I was a dragon-friend, me, Neill of Torvald!” -Ava Richardson, Dragon God The Draconis Order monastery helps hold together the three kingdoms ruled by three brothers. When rumors of war and contention between the three kingdoms, a child from each noble is sent to the monastery to learn and in turn bring the kingdoms together. But no one knows where the Draconis Order gets their magic from or why the dragons are on their side. Dragon God, written by Ava Richardson, is a fun story that follows Neill through his struggles at the monastery and the dragons just outside the walls. Young Neill Torvold, the illegitimate son of a warlord, is sent on a private mission to find out the secrets of the Draconis Order to help his father, but when many challenging obstacles begins to face him can he succeed? Upon entering the Draconis Order monastery and realizing that many of the noble families have also sent one of their children to become a Draconis monk, he begins to go through the different tasks given to find out what type of monk they will be: Scribe, Protector or Mage. Neill tries to make friends while at the monastery but has a hard time due to his background, but after following Char, a princess of the North, he learns of her secret... A dragon! This was a fun book to sit down and read. I love dragons and like to read books with them in it, when I saw that the trilogy is called The First Dragon Rider, I almost expected it to be similar to Eragon (written by Christopher Paolini) but I did not see many similarities. I enjoyed the parts with the dragons in them. The book does bounce between Neill (main) and Char and is easy to follow along with. There were a few characters that I felt like were all too similar in their mannerisms and I didn’t like when it came to parts with them in it. I still haven’t decided if I want to finish reading the rest of the trilogy. Disclaimer: I received this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Go to my website at InkTeller.com to read more reviews!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heena Rathore P.

    DNF - Review to come later.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allison ☾

    Bless Ava Richardson and her many dragon trilogies. If the Greybeards was your favorite quest-line in Skyrim then this is the book for you. Side note: It seems I mistakenly read the sequel trilogy before this one, but I enjoyed both. So perhaps these can be read out of order, but won’t be as enjoyable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    rusty r.ridenour

    A book to read , is this book indeed This is a really good book to read it kept me entertained and it seems like I couldn't put it down were wondering what would happen next A book to read , is this book indeed This is a really good book to read it kept me entertained and it seems like I couldn't put it down were wondering what would happen next

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Book Junkie Reads . . .

    INTENSE, INTRIGUING ADVENTURE IN A WORLD OF YA FANTASY. Watching Niell grow and begin to find himself was inspiring in some places and just fascinating in others. This was a boy becoming a man and learning that there sometimes is more than just family and loyalties. Sometimes those things can change and grow as one grows. Ava Richardson gave a world that was filled with intriguing elements a touch of the old blended with the fantasy of a well developed imaginations. Tiffany Williams did a specta INTENSE, INTRIGUING ADVENTURE IN A WORLD OF YA FANTASY. Watching Niell grow and begin to find himself was inspiring in some places and just fascinating in others. This was a boy becoming a man and learning that there sometimes is more than just family and loyalties. Sometimes those things can change and grow as one grows. Ava Richardson gave a world that was filled with intriguing elements a touch of the old blended with the fantasy of a well developed imaginations. Tiffany Williams did a spectacular job with bring to life the characters that Ava placed before us in this senses catching story. You will be lured in by the story of dragon, magic, quests, friendship and so much more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Maher

    Loved it Loved the book and want more. Cannot wait till book 2. I want more time between female dragon Paxala and Neil. Need more saving of the dragons. Please make longer and more pages of that free book that was on Facebook. I want to know more about south kingdom and how dragon and rider bond relationship is and see how they are treated and if they are truly good and why only one rider. Hope they be more deep relationship though and see how true bond is and how south kingdom protects it people Loved it Loved the book and want more. Cannot wait till book 2. I want more time between female dragon Paxala and Neil. Need more saving of the dragons. Please make longer and more pages of that free book that was on Facebook. I want to know more about south kingdom and how dragon and rider bond relationship is and see how they are treated and if they are truly good and why only one rider. Hope they be more deep relationship though and see how true bond is and how south kingdom protects it people. Also wonder how training is. Will be pre ordering book 2. Love to see more dragon communication and magic and what bond they got as it kind of confusing but I believe I know what Neil has. Though not sure due to Char relationship with Pax and able to talk to her and sit in front I think? Book 2 here I come. Wish it was book 3 series. One issue took to long to get to dragon part. I wanted it in beginning or few chapters in.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey A. Dewey

    Warring realms of man, magic & dragons Realms of !an , magic and dragons intermingled when treachery and evil try to combine and overthrow one Prince for two others.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Whitty

    Reviewed on Behalf http://bookaddict.live, The story centred on a young lad of 16, Neill who is the third son of a Warlord in the middle kingdom, because he is also a bastard he has been picked on by his older brothers all his life. His father loves him dearly, but he has always felt ashamed all his life. When the Draconis order Monastery calls for the three Kingdoms young people to be sent for training. Neill Torvalds is sent by his father to find the Draconis magic secrets to help his father. Whe Reviewed on Behalf http://bookaddict.live, The story centred on a young lad of 16, Neill who is the third son of a Warlord in the middle kingdom, because he is also a bastard he has been picked on by his older brothers all his life. His father loves him dearly, but he has always felt ashamed all his life. When the Draconis order Monastery calls for the three Kingdoms young people to be sent for training. Neill Torvalds is sent by his father to find the Draconis magic secrets to help his father. When he arrives, he finds he is not treated any better, but meets char who has looked after dragon from an egg. Paxala and Char become very good friends to Neill. This is the first book in a new magical series. The narration was superb with all the different voices, it brought to life a magical world where miracles could still happen to those who believe. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ava Richardson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    The story itself was good, if a bit typical of the genre, but I found it to be very slow and writing itself dry with a lot of over explaining yet almost no character development. Not sure if I’ll read next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I was sucked into a wonderful world with great characters that left me wanting more. A great Fantasy read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a very fun dragon fantasy novel! The characters drew me in right away and the setting was interesting – a high mountain monastery! Niell is charming in his insecurities and his bumbling ways. He’s trying very hard to do the right thing but the trick is figuring out what the right thing is – obey his father’s commands or stay true to his new found friends. Tough place for the lad to be in too, being a bastard son of a War Lord. Char I really liked right away. She’s also bastard born and a This was a very fun dragon fantasy novel! The characters drew me in right away and the setting was interesting – a high mountain monastery! Niell is charming in his insecurities and his bumbling ways. He’s trying very hard to do the right thing but the trick is figuring out what the right thing is – obey his father’s commands or stay true to his new found friends. Tough place for the lad to be in too, being a bastard son of a War Lord. Char I really liked right away. She’s also bastard born and a bit of an outcast in the male-dominated world of dragon tending. She’s a little older than Niell and has been at the monastery for about a year (if I recall correctly) so she already knows some of the pitfalls that Niell will blindly stumble into. Her new room mate Sigrid is a first year as well. Char also has a wondrous and dangerous secret – a young dragon named Paxala! She rocks! The plot has a good balance of action, character building, magic system building, politics, and bad guys needing a pounding. My one little quibble is with Niell. As much as I like him, he did come off a little angsty or whiny here and there. He’s rather touchy, feeling out of place, and even small ribs from his friends have him questioning his place at this dragon monastery. Not all is well in the Three Kingdoms just as all is not well at the dragon monastery. There’s a chief dragon, who is supposedly the father of all the dragons. He’s a heavy handed ass, but a very dangerous one. Honestly, how would you go about putting this bully in his place? Well, that’s a good question that Niell and his friends might have to face. The monastery has a range of characters. Some are bull-headed sexist men, some hate everyone equally, some are sympathetic but don’t feel they can change it all over night, and some have hidden agendas and are quite dangerous. All around, this is a great addition to the dragon fantasy genre. 5/5 stars. The Narration: Tiffany Williams gave a very good performance for this novel. She had perfect voices for both Niell and Char. The rest of her character voices were each distinct and well done. Her male characters sound masculine. She did great with the dragon voices as well, including their whistles and scree! cries. 5/5 stars. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ava Richardson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Notes From 'Round the Bend

    *I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ava Richardson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. ** Fantasy is my jam, ya’ll, and I tend to leap without looking when it’s dangled in front of me, so when I got the email for the “Dragon God” audiotour, I jumped on it. Because really, nothing is more representative of the genre than dragons, right? There are so many iterations of them, *I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ava Richardson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. ** Fantasy is my jam, ya’ll, and I tend to leap without looking when it’s dangled in front of me, so when I got the email for the “Dragon God” audiotour, I jumped on it. Because really, nothing is more representative of the genre than dragons, right? There are so many iterations of them, and the potential to make them unique is almost limitless. While I admit I had some reservations about this being a YA book (not my favorite genre), Ms. Richardson presented a good story. “Dragon God” was full of well developed, interesting characters and a plot that was worth the somewhat sluggish start. Some of the 'twists' were a bit predictable and some of the character roles were a tad trope-y, but as this was geared towards a younger audience, I'm not bothered overmuch. I enjoyed the first-person perspective more than I normally do (I find that POV tends to be less descriptive and detailed for the reader). Niell’s development was satisfying, and I found myself rooting for him and being proud of him from very early on; the kid has faced a lot of crap from his brother, yet he grows into someone who is loyal and dependable. Heroes like that, the ones who struggle and toil and preserver despite challenges, are my favorites in all of fiction. While I’d like to have seen more of the dragons and left with fewer questions, I’m hoping book 2 will give me the answers and background I’m looking for. Ms. Williams was a nice narrative choice for this story, and she did the characters justice. Her tone, pace, and emotion were just right, and she drew me in rather quickly. The audio quality was professional, with no weird, distracting background noises, cheesy sound effects, or awkward pauses to jar me out of the experience. I’d definitely be interested in hearing more from this narrator! Bottom line: YA still isn’t my favorite genre, but “Dragon God” was a nice surprise. The characters were likeable and easy to connect with, the plot was interesting, and the narrator was great. I recommend this to anyone who loves dragons, epic fantasy, and characters they can root for and/or those who enjoy some of the tried-and-trues like “Dragon Riders of Pern”.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    Really hard to finish. I had a very difficult time getting through this book for many reasons - but the three major complaints of mine are as follows. Number one, the two main characters (Char and Neill) tend to think the dialogue that they should be speaking rather than speak in almost every scene that they are in. As a result, they are incredibly ineffective characters, both in advancing the plot and in protecting themselves. In fact most of the time they have to be rescued by other random cha Really hard to finish. I had a very difficult time getting through this book for many reasons - but the three major complaints of mine are as follows. Number one, the two main characters (Char and Neill) tend to think the dialogue that they should be speaking rather than speak in almost every scene that they are in. As a result, they are incredibly ineffective characters, both in advancing the plot and in protecting themselves. In fact most of the time they have to be rescued by other random characters spontaneously appearing. Complaint number two, almost every adult (unless they are a character that randomly shows up to save Neill or Char) is the same cookie cutter extreme mustache twirling racist jerk. It’s infuriating to read the same bias and “wahahaha look at me I’m so evil in an obviously evil way and no one calls me out on it” attitude. It makes the world and the story unbelievable. And number three, every revelation and rescue and combat exciting event is over in less than a paragraph. An entire army, the best army in the Middle Kingdom deserts and runs from an adolescent dragon in one paragraph, fleeing a battle scene that was built up over a few chapters. The quarter master is killed by having two of his fingers cut off - no explanation provided. The revelation that the abbot has been brainwashing and hypnotizing his students into a fanatic army happens in one paragraph. But we can spend page after page of Neill being a fool in thinking that the power of magic comes from an ornament or some scrolls and oh how he worries about his father and his brothers - by the way his brothers are also mustache twirling bad guys too with the same racist attitude towards Neill for the one and only time they appear in the novel. I wanted to like this book because it didn’t have lots of adult theme material. But I’m so tired of reading about dragons being described in bird like description of cawing and shrieking and tilting their head like a bird. Very disappointed with this book and honestly don’t care what happens to the characters. The title is a lie too, no dragon riding occurs until the final few pages of the final chapter. Avoid this bigoted, racist version of an evil hogwarts and read something else.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shelby Hild

    Dragon Gods is the first book of the First Dragon Rider Trilogy. I read it following finishing Dragon Sickness because I am obsessed with dragons. The book starts out with what feels like a superfluous letter from Neill's father explaining what is going on basically: that Neill is being sent to the Draconis Monastery in hopes to learn the secrets of the mysterious monks. I say it is superfluous because within the first chapter of the actual story it's pretty obvious. The overall feel of this boo Dragon Gods is the first book of the First Dragon Rider Trilogy. I read it following finishing Dragon Sickness because I am obsessed with dragons. The book starts out with what feels like a superfluous letter from Neill's father explaining what is going on basically: that Neill is being sent to the Draconis Monastery in hopes to learn the secrets of the mysterious monks. I say it is superfluous because within the first chapter of the actual story it's pretty obvious. The overall feel of this book made me wonder if it was one of the first few books Richardson had written and I was slightly shocked to find out that it was not. There is a lot of repetition and multiple pages that say the exact same thing as the previous pages just in a handful of different words. Richardson also kept switching between the POV of Neill and Char and sometimes it took a page or two in order to figure out exactly whose view the chapter was from. Despite the repetition, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters, although sometimes remarkably annoying, had quite a bit of growth through the book and I'm hopeful they will continue to move forward. I gave it four stars because there's definitely room to improve, but I'll definitely read the second one (I already downloaded it from Kindle Unlimited). I might not recommend it fanatically, but of someone is looking for a good, relatively quick read, I'll definitely point them in the direction of this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eniko

    AUDIOBOOK edition An interesting twist on the dragon rider story. Recommending to younger listeners. It is heavy on the human side and very little on the dragon side. I would have likes a bit more background story on the dragons and how they came to be in that crater. A bit confused though... Are they captive? Why are the monks feeding them? Are they bad or are they good? Are they used by the abbott or are they using him? I liked that Niell is given a chance to prove himself, how he grows in charac AUDIOBOOK edition An interesting twist on the dragon rider story. Recommending to younger listeners. It is heavy on the human side and very little on the dragon side. I would have likes a bit more background story on the dragons and how they came to be in that crater. A bit confused though... Are they captive? Why are the monks feeding them? Are they bad or are they good? Are they used by the abbott or are they using him? I liked that Niell is given a chance to prove himself, how he grows in character and he turns out to be an honest, loyal young man despite the many injustices thrown his way from a young age. Finally befriending Char and then her dragon, then their rescue opens up opportunities for him. Left with many questions though which hopefully will be answered in the next book. - 4 stars I liked Ms. Williams' voice she uses in the story-telling style that many young listeners would enjoy. - 4 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ginny

    Am not a big fan of books about dragons and such, but I have to admit that this one kept me totally entertained and needing to hear what would happen next. It had a seamless flow to it and very easy to understand without leaving you confused. The author did an excellent job writing this and the narrator did an excellent job telling it. A great novel for the young readers who like stories like this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I found this book to be very slow in the beginning. It took me a long time to read it however the second part redeemed the story as the pace really picked up. I'm reading this one along with my 13 year old son and the agrees with me on the pacing. He read book 2 already and asked for 3 so I'm guessing he likes the series. I'll be reading book 2 shortly. Another issue I had with the book is that it needed another round of editing. I found several mistakes. I found this book to be very slow in the beginning. It took me a long time to read it however the second part redeemed the story as the pace really picked up. I'm reading this one along with my 13 year old son and the agrees with me on the pacing. He read book 2 already and asked for 3 so I'm guessing he likes the series. I'll be reading book 2 shortly. Another issue I had with the book is that it needed another round of editing. I found several mistakes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hanzel

    Ok my first Ava Richardson novel, her dragons are different, there are some similarities, but as of now I am enjoying the mystery of this particular universe, wherein these magnificent Dragons are just "that", no geniuses, no breath abilities(as of now), no magical affinity...........but the male protagonist, what the heck are you Neill.............coward, Char is more of a warrior than you............ So waiting for the second book................... Ok my first Ava Richardson novel, her dragons are different, there are some similarities, but as of now I am enjoying the mystery of this particular universe, wherein these magnificent Dragons are just "that", no geniuses, no breath abilities(as of now), no magical affinity...........but the male protagonist, what the heck are you Neill.............coward, Char is more of a warrior than you............ So waiting for the second book...................

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anya

    (Review for full trilogy) The story is good, enjoyable and rather gripping towards the end. However it falls down in writing quality. One example is that throughout the trilogy, the author cannot decide on the gender of a pony (referred to as he, she and it sometimes in the same sentence!) Clearly a small publisher and the book has not been QA'd. Does not stop you enjoying the story however, a good set up for the large number of books by this author set in this universe. (Review for full trilogy) The story is good, enjoyable and rather gripping towards the end. However it falls down in writing quality. One example is that throughout the trilogy, the author cannot decide on the gender of a pony (referred to as he, she and it sometimes in the same sentence!) Clearly a small publisher and the book has not been QA'd. Does not stop you enjoying the story however, a good set up for the large number of books by this author set in this universe.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gayreth Walden

    Yes, there be Dragons! I love dragons and this is a wonderful well written story about these wondrous creatures and two young people who care for one in particular. Also there are mages and young ones in training. Friendship, treachery, threats of war are all part of the story. It is great. I highly recommend this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    John #Audible

    DNF Slow to zero character development. Inner monologue from hell ( like a ton ). I understand they are teens, but they are written and act like they are 10 year olds. Teens would NOT in anyway act they way these kids are acting. Story boils down to the Parents sending there kids off to spy for them without knowing really how to do that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    The book had the potential to be fun but didn't strike any cord with me. I did not find any of the characters to be interesting or memorable...even the dragon was boring. Slow story and an extremely rushed ending that answered none of the questions i had. Not the worst I've read, but far from something i would recommend. The book had the potential to be fun but didn't strike any cord with me. I did not find any of the characters to be interesting or memorable...even the dragon was boring. Slow story and an extremely rushed ending that answered none of the questions i had. Not the worst I've read, but far from something i would recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dwayne Tranbarger

    Dragon God Neil has a tough time at the monastery. And as he has grown and made friends his time is changing for the worst. The Abbot and the quartermaster are against him. But with his friend Chat and Dragon Palaxa Neil was great

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    This was a suprising great read, with characters which will have you rooting for them. You will not be disappointed if you decide to read this book. Great writing and storytelling will keep you engaged til the end. Great Reading Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jay Thurman

    Great book The first book was great with wonderful character development and story line. The second book continues the story but elevates the whole story to the next level. If you liked the first book you will really enjoy the second in. The series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sherron L Pace

    Only half Royal When you're a Prince and you take a lover who pays for your escaped? Sent off to a mountain containing Monks and dragons these half wanted children face an adventure. Only half Royal When you're a Prince and you take a lover who pays for your escaped? Sent off to a mountain containing Monks and dragons these half wanted children face an adventure.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michele Hermansen

    I have never read a book by Ava Richardson before. so I was glad to very much enjoy her take on dragons, and the world she created was very interesting indeed. I have been been coerced by the excellent story to desire to read book two. I love my audiobooks. I’m grateful for the opportunity to listen to this one in exchange for my honest opinion.

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