Book Review – The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
The book blurb;
‘Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands.
Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon’s Blade. As the last member of his bloodline, he is the only one who can. He is plunged into a role he is not prepared for, to lead a people he does not know. Shadowy demons ravage his new home and the alliance between humans, dragons and fairies has fractured.
Time is short, for new threats and deadlier enemies are emerging…’
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The book trailer;
The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King tells the story of Darnuir, the prince of the Dragons as he is ‘reborn’ in order to save his life. Darnuir must lead his people in a war against those of ‘the shadow’, demons and spectres controlled by an evil wizard. The dragons must unite with the fairies and with the humans in order to protect their world.
I will try to avoid the usual cliches when reviewing this book, but keep in mind the phrases ‘unputdownable’, ‘a real page turner’ and others of that ilk.
The Reborn King is a character-driven story of conflict and intrigue. Darnuir in particular is a character that I really enjoyed reading. He is saved with a rebirthing spell that turns him into an infant and he is then raised among the human population. Darnuir becomes a ‘hunter’, a faction of the human military that specialises in tracking and guerrilla-like warfare. the years pass by and we, the readers, are given little snippets of information that are forming Darnuir’s influences and this makes for intriguing reading. When Darnuir is told of his true position, as king of the dragons, the story starts to really pick up pace.
What i liked most about this is the way that Darnuir’s character becomes increasingly conflicted. He is now wielder of the Dragon’s Blade and is guided by his Guardian, Blaine. Through the rubies on his blade, Darnuir can access his old memories (this part of the book is especially brilliant) and this causes a changing in him. Darnuir’s conflict is something that is portrayed excellently and you can feel almost feel his strife as the ‘old’ Darnuir starts to come through.
The races in Tenalp (read it backwards) are plentiful and are of sure, fantasy stock. There are fairies, humans and frost trolls, as well as the dragon’s themselves. The political ties between these races is super interesting and their history if given in snippets but it is fantastic. One of my favourite features of this book is the battle strategies used by the leaders of the races, it is well thought out and actually has some logic to it, and it isn’t there simply for show.
This is a world that I want to read more of and the characters will keep me coming back for more. The action is delivered with a quick punch and surprise to it, the battles are fast, furious and enormously deadly. The legendary weapons on show are simply magnificent and add a layer of depth to the story (as well as being super cool).
This is pure, fast-paced fantasy at its finest. The characters are plentiful, the action is real, and the story is wonderful. Fantasy lovers will want to read this book. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh story that is set in a fantastical new world.
*Cover image taken from iamselfpublishing.com*
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