Saturday, April 17, 2021

Nest Under Siege

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The fourth entry of Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle’s Dragon Approved series opens with protagonist Alex leading her fellow cadets through the Wasp’s Nest dragonrider school, which orcs sent by the Dark One have invaded. One of her schoolmates, Gill, tries hacking the Nest’s security system, and the characters spend a significant portion of the novella in the cafeteria and kitchen. They aim to rescue fellow dragonriders, although there exists the conundrum of where to take them so they’ll be safe. Life at the Wasp’s Nest ultimately returns to normal, the story ending with Alex becoming a member of the Dragonriders Boundless and receiving her first mission.

All in all, this was another short and sweet novella in the Dragon Approved series, which consequentially continues to hold my interest, given its easy-to-follow narrative and occasional action, with a bit of violence in the process and philosophizing about the nature of killing. The cliffhanger ending easily implores those who enjoyed the story to read its successors, and while the narrative itself has some derivative portions, namely the league of dragonriders that other series have done such as the Pern literary franchise, I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of the fantasy genre, especially those with limited time to do things like read books.

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