Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga Book 1)
Ancient Ireland – an era of clan wars, petty kings and invasions by raiders from the north.
As Christianity tightens its hold, magic and the old ways fight to keep their place in the hearts of the people.
Born into this world is Ash, orphaned and maimed, left to die. She is rescued by a clan of badgers and raised to be one of them. As she grows, so does her magic, until at last she comes to the attention of other humans. Some of them want to protect her; some want to use her.
When she bonds with an orphaned dragon cub, the two of them become pawns in a bid for power. Forced to flee, dragon and dragonmage embark on a quest to seek the answers as to why they were bonded and what their future holds.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10
Plot: The plot scampers along at a good pace, providing background information and only a touch of tension, until the predictable conclusion.
Prose: Werlinger's deft and skillful prose features vivid descriptions that place the reader in the story.
Originality: The narrative, while enjoyable, employs tropes that will be familiar to fans of the genre.
Character Development: Readers get a thorough sense of Caymin, who feels real and well developed. Supporting characters could use more background, motivation, and overall development.
Date Submitted: June 21, 2017