Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Love and Aliens

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The eighth entry of Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle’s Dragon Approved series opens with the wizard Myrddin having declared a holiday at the Wasp’s Nest, the first ever, with protagonist Alex Bound spending the day with her boyfriend Jim until they find pixies in trouble, whom they rescue from giants that serve as antagonists later on. An alien spaceship is also slowly descending to Middang3ard, having an energy signature similar to the meteor in the previous book. The book ends with a battle against Hulmor, the First Giant of the Dark One, followed by the vessel’s occupant speaking with Myrddin.

All in all, this was another good if brief entry of the Dragon Approved series, with its length scarcely an issue for me given that it very well puts quality above quantity, given the clear-cut plotline and straightforward fantasy action. The author’s note by coauthor Ramy Vance that continues the faux synopsis of the alleged next entry in The Toddler series is a humorous addition as well, giving more connection to the book’s immediate predecessor than it already has. While there are some derivative elements such as dragonriders, the introduction of science-fiction elements definitely gives the story a twist, and I recommend it easily to those who enjoyed its precursors.

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