Thursday, April 8, 2021

Defense of the Nest

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The third entry of Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle’s Dragon Approved series opens with protagonist Alex Bound pondering her blindness without outside assistance in her dormitory, with the Beholder Manny miffed with Middang3ard creator Myrddin for allowing the girl to see through her bonded dragon Chine, whose vision she sometimes finds to be too much. Her pixie roommate Jollies attempts to comfort her, with the dragon academy students proceeding to the dragon stables, with the draconic entities having extensive description regarding their society. A competitive sky joust occurs towards the end, along with an invasion by the forces of the Dark One that end the novella with a cliffhanger.

All in all, this was another short and sweet story of the Dragon Approved series, with the series continuing to hold my attention. As a disabled reader, I can definitely relate to the protagonist, and the narrative itself is generally linear and straightforward, with no side-stories or unnecessary filler. The description of the dragons’ society somewhat sets the novella apart from others within the fantasy genre, and there are occasional cultural references to movies such as Marvel’s Thor series. The idea of dragonriders certainly isn’t a novel concept, although I would definitely recommend this book and its precursors to those seeking an offbeat fantasy tale.

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