Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jonel's review of The Curse of the Ice Dragon by Tara West

Reviewed by -- Jonel

Book Review of -- The Curse of the Ice Dragon, Keepers of the Stones #1 by Tara West

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Born with mark of the Mighty Hunter, Markus saves his village from the brink of starvation - for whenever he releases an arrow, his aim is true. But despite his skill and strength, Markus is unable to confront his tyrannical father. Shamed by his cowardice, he distracts himself by needlessly shooting the forest creatures.

When Markus takes no heed of the village prophet's warning that his actions will attract The Hunter's Curse - for every animal Markus kills, his loved ones will suffer the same fate - the Sky Goddess unleashes her ice dragon. Now, Markus must flee the dragon without killing it ... or his beloved brother will be the next to die.        
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 26 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 9
-- Cover & title -- 7
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
I thoroughly enjoyed the way that Markus, the main character, was developed. He was a multifaceted character without readers finding out everything about him.  At the same time, the way he carries himself, I forgot how young he was at times; while at the same time, West never makes him seem older than he is. The agelessness really allows everyone to connect with him. It was really neat to see this well-developed main character come into his own as an individual and discover his true self. It is a cautionary tale through and through, with a very fable-esque feel to it; which may turn some readers off, but I loved it. You can definitely see the battle between morality and the human condition. Yet at the same time, it is a captivating and adventurous fantasy for those of all ages. I actually felt a connection with more than one of the supporting characters. They were all such fantastic individuals, and developed as such, that you can’t help but enjoy them. My heart broke for more than one of these characters. I found this story easy to follow and this world to get lost in. This isn’t one of those stories where you can read a few chapters here and there. Once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down again. Will I be reading more from this series and from this new-to-me author?   You can bet on it.                
Reader Recommendations
Genre -- YA Fantasy
Age recommendations -- 13+ Fantasy lovers of all ages will enjoy this one.
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild

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1 comment:

  1. Just saw this review. So glad you enjoyed it. :)