Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Book review - The Dragons' Chosen, by Gwen Dandridge

Seldom, if ever, have I seen such effective use made of point of view in a work of mediaeval fantasy as it is in The Dragons' Chosen. The keen observation and detailed thought that have been given to it make the book a delight to read. Gems such as this - "She must be accustomed to hard work, for I could see muscles in her arms and legs, but she had all her teeth. An enigma." - drive home the reality of the characters to striking effect.

The writing is down to earth, but never coarse, and the coming of age theme is beautifully developed, with the personal growth of the heroine a necessary factor in the book's resolution. Dandridge's sharp observation and keen wit, combined with the sheer likability of her characters, place this book, for me, in the same class as Mary Brown's wonderful Dragonne's Eg series. It exemplifies the way in which plot development in a good novel hinges on the personal characteristics of the players.

But above all, the one thing that makes this book really special is the way the author works point of view, wielding it like an expert swordsman with a rapier. For this alone, Dandridge will join the small group of authors I recommend to clients for their particular skills.

Good use is made of visual imagery, without overdoing the descriptions, and there is every indication that this is the work of a seasoned and capable writer.

A thoroughly enjoyable read, which held me captive from the first page to the last. 

The Dragons' Chosen is available from AMAZON in both kindle and paperback editions.

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