Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell
Dragon Fate, the debut novel by J.D. Hallowell, is a heroic fantasy adventure in the finest tradition of the genre. Delno Okonan is a young former soldier eager to put the swords and strife of war behind him, when a chance encounter leaves him inextricable entwined in a tangled web of dragons, magic, and intrigue, as he struggles to find his place among dragons and men, and stave off a plot by renegade dragon riders that threatens all he now holds dear. Teens and adults alike will find themselves hanging on every twist and turn.
I tried. I really, really tried to finish this book! I just can’t. I just stopped at the 46% done mark, and honestly I’m surprised I even made it as far as I did. The book failed to capture my interest, and this far deep into the book, I don’t feel it’s worth any more of my time. When I got to around page 25, I thought about stopping, but decided to press on. Then, around page 75, the baby dragon hatched from the egg so I figured it was going to pick up…so I kept going. Now, around page 170 and still nothing has really happened in this book, I had to put it down. It was a tough decision, since Hallowell gave me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I feel really bad not finishing it, but I just can’t. I am being honest in my review though!
Okay, so the story – from what I read – was very uninteresting. The idea is, I guess, an interesting one. Humans forming bonds with dragons and then spending their lives riding and being with the dragon. But, nothing happens in this story (so far)! I’m not sure if maybe the story does become eventful and exciting later on like the synopsis implies it does, but after 46% I don’t really care anymore.
The main character is boring to me and undeveloped. The connection between him and the dragon is developing, but in an uninteresting way.
The writing is immature and there are a lot of errors in spelling and grammar, which doesn’t help me want to keep reading! I don’t really understand how there can be so many spelling mistakes…what happened to that program called spell check? I suppose the story is unique and creative, but I wish it had better quality of writing and a more interesting storyline.
So, I would not recommend this book. The fact that I couldn’t finish it says a lot. But, if you want, go for it…let me know if you disagree with me.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Did you finish it? Share your opinions with me (and others who read this).