Thursday, August 30, 2012
Bound By Dragonsfyre Book One: A Review
Scorpius, the falconer's orphaned apprentice, has seen the savagery wrought by both man and dragon. He heeded his experiences well, learning to survive and keep out of trouble. At sixteen, Fate, in guise of assassins, changes the boy's life forever, sending Scorpius away from his master to become Lord Thibault's man. With his new, elevated position at the young prince's side, Scorpius finds himself neck deep in court intrigues, one of which will give him the knowledge of his true parentage. The other will bring him face to face with a mysterious noble house that has the power to call the fearsome beasts of the sky.
Scorpius is perhaps one of the most compelling characters I have ever read. In a word...Wow! From the opening pages when we first meet him, struggling to find his place at the falconer's side, to last scene as Lord Thibault's man, he captivates. We feel each one of his triumphs and failures as though they were our own.
Julia Phillips Smith delivers a gripping, coming-of-age fantasy tale that is Martin-esque in it's subversion of magical elements for brutal violence and political games. Bound is filled with beautiful descriptions and complex plot twists that warp and weft into an exhilarating, brilliant adventure. The Eight Dominion is a savage wonder, a place you will long to return to. This is a superb beginning to what will surely be an epic fantasy saga.
Bound By Dragonsfyre: Book One of the Dragonsfyre Trilogy
Intrigued by Julia's book? What are you reading right now? Have a great day and I hope to see you at Amber Quill tomorrow.