Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dragon's Winter by Elizabeth A. Lynn

I would have really liked to have given this book a higher rating than 3-stars, but it simply isn't possible to do so. The idea of the book was great. Dragon (Karadur Atani) and Tenjiro, Dragon's twin brother, held a lot of promise. Their story could have been epic. Unfortunately, Lynn failed to deliver.

In the minor characters she managed to develop them more, though not completely. But somehow she left the twins with very little development. By the end of the story, you're left to guess at why certain decisions were made.

And I have to admit, I was very disappointed with the plot development and pacing of the plot. For more than 200 pages Lynn built up to this epic showdown between the twins which she quickly settled in just a few paragraphs. What a disappointment! And then she spent a good number of pages after the battle describing events that really were one, which I won't discuss as I don't want to give away too much information. But even that one thing wasn't enough, as she left so many questions unanswered.

As I sit here writing this review I still want some resolution to the relationship between Dragon and Azil! Azil was a major part of the story and it was his relationship to Dragon that really set things in motion. Yet, the reader has no idea what happened to him once Maia comes on the scene.

Sad to say, this book was disappointing and filled with many missed opportunities. Lynn could have done so much with this book. And while I enjoyed the book, the technical difficulties make it hard to recommed this book to anyone!