Thursday, May 27, 2021

Death of the Mind

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The twelfth and penultimate entry of authors Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle’s Dragon Approved series opens with a few chapters where Alex is in a dream, chased by the treasonous alien Vardis, until her alarm wakes her, and she has severe wounds that need tending to. She goes to the nearby military base with her friends, with an attack by the Dark One coming, and Alex finding herself on Dorian, one of the moons of an elvish cluster. Backstory on Alex reveals itself, with her companion Roy an active participant in her memories, with Alex continuing to keep contact with her dragon Chine.

Humorous notes involving tabletop roleplaying games round out this entry, which decently sets the stage for the final battle likely to come in the series’ final installment. The action is generally straightforward, making getting lost in the text difficult, and the fusion of fantasy and science-fiction elements very much works well. There aren’t very many noticeable errors in the text, with the novella’s editor having done their job well, although the concept behind the plot isn’t one-hundred-percent original, with dragonrider orders having appeared in other fantasy stories, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to those who enjoyed its precursors.

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