Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Dragon's Eye by Corey Guerra

Dive into the ancient world of Fael-wen; a land where humans, dragons, elves and other creatures roam. Meet Makayla, a druid in training who is plagued by dreams about a treasure from long ago. As she struggles to balance her training and the dreams, she'll find that there is more to her than she ever knew. Along the way Makayla's dedication and loyalty will be tested and she will find help where she least expects it. In the end Makayla will discover that in order to succeed, she will first have to believe in herself.

2.5 Stars, 0 Flames

     The premise of this book intrigued me. A young girl in training to become a Giadi (kind of like a druid) is having strange dreams about a mythical treasure called the Dragon's Eye. All of Makayla's dreams end in her kingdom destroyed by fire and everyone blaming her. When a temple rumored to house the relic is destroyed, Makayla begins a journey of self discovery that reveals the lies she was told about who and what she is. Dragon's Eye is a fantasy novel that follows Makayla's journey as she comes to grip with the crushing responsibility laid on her shoulders as she is chased, attacked, and kidnapped by those who want her powers. She is joined by her Giadi mentor, Alis, three royal guards and two brave strangers with secrets of their own. 
     I have mixed feelings about this book. The bones of the story are great, but it was missing the meaty parts. The world building was great, but I wish the background descriptions were given earlier instead of 1/3 of the way through the book, ie: what Giadi and Kedo were. The pace was steady, but sometimes felt choppy and repetitive. I really wanted to like this book, but I struggled to finish. I give it 2.5 stars because while it was hard to finish, I feel that the author has a great world started and with some editing has the potential to become a great author. 

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