Dragon Fire is the story of a farm boy yearning for something more out of life; a rebellious princess who wants to be seen as more than just a girl; and a wizard who is determined to change the course of a kingdom ruled by a ruthless king. Throw in secret pasts, power hungry knights, and a little romance and you find yourself in the middle of a coming-of-age tale set in a world where the young have no hope and the old no longer believe in magic. With compelling characters and vivid language, it is an action-packed story of romance, hope, sacrifice, and the most unlikely of heroes.
I don't read many fantasy novels, but I am so pleased to have discovered this one. I have read Terry Goodkind's famous Legend of the Seeker Series, so I thought I would try this book as it has some similar elements. From the first few pages of the story I was instantly drawn in, feeling empathy for a father whose newborn son is struggling to survive and will most likely die in the next days. Enter a mysterious wizard coming to visit the grieving father, who is actually a knight hiding out in the remote regions of the kingdom, and you have the beginnings of an engaging epic adventure.
The infant son survives and grows up believing his father is merely a farmer. As a young man, Declan longs to escape the tedium of his life in remote village. He longs for great things, adventure, romance, and the glory of battle. He wants to be a knight. He travels to the capitol city to take part in a tournament as an archer. The winner of the tournament will be given the opportunity to train as a knight and be in service to the king. Declan meets the Princess Aria at the tournament, a young lady who longs to be free of her sheltered existence and to right the wrongs inflicted by her grandfather, the king. She is a strong, determined character. Together, Declan and Princess Aria set in motion events that will topple the kingdom and change the lives of everyone involved. This book has it all, action, adventure, romance, magic and mystery, ancient prophecies, even a dragon makes an appearance.
That said, I was still constantly surprised by the plot twists, as each time I expected the predictable to happen in this story--it didn't, Alvarez turned the plot on it's ear time and time again, keeping me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
Wonderful characters, fun adventures, new ideas woven into a tale often told. Refreshingly fun to read and enjoy!
Certainly not a "heavy" book, no blood or gore to make you queasy as you read. Just another realm to explore and enjoy the secrets discovered, the past history uncovered and the evil that has kept them hidded for so long. Well worth the read! A fairy tale for adults!
I have read so many books in my life I have lost track as I tend to devour them. This was a great feast thank you Pedro . Nice flow,interesting characters kept me reading till I was blind up all night. A unexpected twist to the story I enjoyed very much ! Look forward to more novels.
Enjoyable, well paced read, with a modern twist on its classically themed tale. Alvarez builds character, history and motive with well fleshed text. Despite his parents' efforts to protect him, Delcan wants out of Dodge, and the reader is taken along with him as he charges toward his prophesied destiny. He joins Aria, the strong, capable, and destined heroine. There's plenty of action and comedy, and the history of Paraysia is laid out amidst the themes of honor and the cycles of good and evil. I was left wanting to know much more about the Dragon Fire, the myth of its origins, and how it brought the wizards/dragons to intervene in human events like demigods - it would have shed more light on this universe. Perhaps this will be expounded upon in a sequel. Some minor grammar issues with personal pronouns as of this date, and I found the dialogue to be sentimental in spots; otherwise the sentence structure and use of language is very well done and illustrative, especially with the action sequences.
Dragon Fire is captivating. This first novel by Pedro Alvarez grabs you quickly and holds you tight until the end. I was more than pleasantly surprised, since it is not my normal fare, but I took a chance on the recommendation of several friends. I loved it.
Dragon Fire is well plotted and well written. It moves quickly and is filled with action and suspense. But the stars are the characterization and the multiple layers of universal human struggles weaved subtly into the action-packed novel.
People are human and magical all at the same time. Dragon Fire illustrates that fact beautifully.
'Dragon Fire' is serious writing that, from the prologue captures the reader's imagination with well developed characters and excellent delivery of dialogue. This is probably the first fantasy novel I have read soundly, and I have to say, I was never bored.. reason; A well constructed plot that delivers in the end with a promised Coup de gras of sorts.
The book was very well-written and had a nice flow that didn't have the story getting bogged down in any one spot. The world-building could have used some work; you really don't know anything about the area outside the kingdom, how things came to be, or get any explanation regarding magic, religion, otherworldly creatures, etc. that crop up. But, all in all, it was a fast-paced adventure packed with treachery, rebellion, revenge, and all that good stuff.
The product description is a little misleading. Delcan is 'a' protagonist, but makes no worthwhile contribution to the story and is all around useless. It is clear after the half dozen times our 'hero' faints in the princess's arms that Aria is the one the author spent all his time on. If you like strong-willed female protagonists who overcome overwhelming odds, is calm, capable, and courageous and an apparent strategic military genius to boot (she's like Joan of Arc- but better), you'll like this book.
This fantastic story flows seamlessly like a waterfall in paradise. It is colorful, refreshing, and every bit as powerful. The characters, places, and plot demand your attention in a world of make believe that leaves you entertained and fulfilled. With names and places like Delcan (of course he can) and Twilight crossing (one of my favorites) Alvarez takes you on a journey from which you will never want to come back. Rugged and sensitive, something here for both sexes. Once opened, this book reads itself to you.
2nd Edition of Dragon Fire is now available in Kindle format on Amazon.com with an extended ending and more action.