Twenty years after the war that overthrew the Great Guilds, the Empire is vowing to avenge the massive defeat of the Imperial legions at Dorcastle. Aiding the Imperials are renegade Mechanics and Mages still loyal to the old Guilds or employed by the Empire.
But before they can launch an all-out war, the Imperials must eliminate a major threat: Kira, daughter of Master Mechanic Mari and Master of Mages Alain. Kidnapped and imprisoned, Kira has to escape and avoid recapture as the full might of the Empire is aimed at her. Her only hope lies in the skills she has mastered; her indomitable spirit; and the unfailing aid of Jason, her boyfriend from the distant world of Urth.
With the Imperial legions closing in and thousands of lives riding on her efforts, Kira has to use every weapon available to her, including special abilities she has kept secret until now – abilities that may prove to be as dangerous as the enemy forces. Mari and Alain must come to Kira’s aid and work to create an alliance against the Empire.
If they fail, a deadlier new war will erupt, with every soldier carrying a rifle instead of a sword or crossbow – and the Peace of the Daughter will end in a bloodbath.
This is one of those books that I’ve been struggling with reviewing for a couple weeks now. For me, there is nothing worse than having your expectations raised by a book or series only to have them come crashing down when you read the next book. Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened when I finally got the time to sit down and listen to Blood of Dragons by Jack Campbell. I’ve absolutely loved every other book set on the world of Dematr, so I was pretty disappointed by how little I enjoyed this book.
My favorite thing about these books have always been the characters and how well fleshed out they were and the realistic ways I thought they interacted with each other or reacted to the events taking place around them. Sadly I found most of this to be missing from this book and replaced with a lot of unneeded YA romance and teen angst that really did nothing to drive the story forward. Honestly, for the majority of this book, I wasn’t sure why Jason was even in the story other than to provide some relationship drama for Kira. I just found it really disappointing when compared to how well similar characters and relationships were handled in the previous books.
Now that is not to say that I thought this book was all bad, I did enjoy watching Kira grow as a person and to watch her advance her skills as a Mechanic as well as embrace her Mage abilities over the course of the story. I also really enjoyed reading every scene with Alain or Marie in them and could only wish that the book focused on them a bit more heavily than it did.
I think the biggest thing Blood of Dragons has going for it is MacLead Andrews as its narrator. There are a lot of good narrators out there but I can’t think of many who do as amazing a job as MacLeod Andrews does. He manages to give every character a unique voice of their own and packs so much emotion into everything he reads that you can practically feel everything that the characters do. Honestly, the book’s almost worth listening to on the basis of his narration alone.
Now despite the issues, I had with this book I’m still looking forward to the next book whenever it releases and I know that I’ll be buying it as soon as it does. Overall I would have to say that this is a fantastic series well worth the time it takes to listen to and I can’t wait to see where Jack Campbell takes us next.