Dragon Lords by Chris Turner #Review
Posted by brriske
The fabled Dragon Lord trove is a thing of legend. No one has penetrated the old Dragon fort deep in the heart of the Behundrian desert, sealed a thousand years ago. Vetravincus, sword for hire, finds himself fighting for his life in the lawless town of Dragonskull, overrun by a slave caravan of criminals. Brigands want to kill him—he just wants to fence a jewel—but such missions are things of the past after he befriends a persecuted half Thrule who claims to know where the lost treasure is…
Non-stop action fantasy.
Vetravincus, a skilled warrior, mercenary and traveler, was simply trying to fence a jewel in the city of Dragonskull. However, the man apparently has a soft spot for the downtrodden as he saves a young boy from a cruel fate for stealing food and then rescues a man being tortured for a treasure map. Soon he finds himself travelling in the company of the map-holder Lehundr and Jhara, the sister of the boy he aided in the marketplace. In this way the hunt for the fabled treasure of the Dragon Lords begins in this tale of fantasy written by Chris Turner.
This book isn’t very lengthy but it does have all the right features that one might expect in a story of swords and sorcery. Each of the main three characters has a clear and distinct voice, as do the side characters even if they are not as developed. The action moves swiftly and there’s rarely a drawn out lull in the flow of events. It’s also obvious that Mr. Turner has spent some time working on the history of his fantasy world as well as many of its countries, peoples, and history…but I also never felt overwhelmed by having too much information thrown at me at once.
My only problem with the book was that I had some trouble envisioning some of the creatures involved in a certain part of the story, as well as the place that these things were encountered, though that may very well be my own issue and not a part of the writing. I was also kind of curious why a map of the world was included when the action was only set in a particular region. These are small quibbles, though, and I highly recommend this book to fantasy fans looking for a short but entertaining read.
(I voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)