Review: Legacy of the Dragonkin by Dan Wright

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Legacy of the Dragonkin

Blurb

Just over ten years have passed since the Invasion of the Baalarian Empire and Draconica has returned to a natural state of peace – although the wounds left from it still linger with a few countries.

Benji Dragonkin aspires to be a hero, just like his mother – Queen Daniar Dragonkin. He wants to become a famous warrior so that he can save the day – and win the heart of his long time friend, Lydia Taurok. But with his mother being overly protective of him, and a dark side to his father that threatens to tear their family apart, Benji has a long way to go just yet.

Zarracka Dragonkin, still a prisoner of Daniar, plots her revenge against her sister – and Benji may just be the key to her victory.

And in the land of Drewghaven, the Kthonian Knights arise once more, determined to once again bring forth their revenge against the men of the world. Their leader, Jihadain, seeks to settle old scores with Daniar – and break her spirit in the process.

With villains gathering and allies faltering, Benji sees this as a chance to prove himself a true warrior. But even more harrowing is a warning that his mother receives, foreshadowing a greater evil:

“She is coming…”
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My Review

Amazingly addicting, Legacy of Dragonkin is a perfect blend of traditional novel and Japanese style manga. Each character has a comprehensive yet concise background, which gives even the most evil characters importance. Frighteningly hardcore villains have ultra-cool powers. Major characters are stretched to their physical and emotional limits and still manage to survive, keep the feel of shounen: high action, often humorous plotting for male protagonists common in manga. Quips, tear jerker moments and astounding battle scenes abound throughout the story. This story has the feel of the new young-adult model, despite the slightly sexier scenes, and even the adult otakus (persons with obsessive interests in but not limited to manga and anime) will seriously enjoy.

While Dan Wright writes with a heavily apparent manga influence, each scene remains clear with descriptions that create beautiful, vivid and tangible word pictures for a reader. The inclusion of multiple climax points, each more striking than the one before, stretch and highlight the main character’s personality. Allowing each character to have input to display personality and background in a side story helps readers to more fully appreciate and understand the myriad characters, and allows some empathy for them. This technique was particularly well accomplished as each story wove nicely into the fabric of the story without competing for time or attention, creating a well-balanced read with multiple points of intrigue. This would be a great read for manga and anime fans and/or those who may be curious about some of the styling without wanting to commit to a full diet; this is the book that will draw you in.

I was provided an eBook copy by the author for the purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review—all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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