For fans of Scott Lynch and Naomi Novik comes a high fantasy epic that blends swashbuckling adventure with a dark tale of vengeance–when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a rare dragon egg that just might be the key to his salvation and his revenge.
He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.
Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He follows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. When a monstrous dragon attacks the Comber, his surviving crew, vengeful and battle-worn, decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance:” a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the shirts on their backs to survive.
Marooned and fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion discover that the island they’ve landed on isn’t quite as deserted as they originally thought. They find a rare baby dragon that, if trained, just might be their ticket off the island. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, he begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his life will never be the same again. In order for justice to be served, he’ll have to take it for himself.
Genre: Fantasy, Adult Fiction
Published by Simon & Schuster/ Simon451
Release date: July 16th, 2016
I was excited to be approved to review this book through NetGalley, because dragons? A tale of revenge and betrayal.
I thoroughly enjoy reviewing for debuting authors, too, because everyone needs those first gut-wrenching reviews to get over with. That being said, here is my review and overall thoughts.
This book starts off slow and the way it’s written can be really confusing if you’re just hoping to skim by. We begin with Jeryon, the captain of the Comber. His crew isn’t pleased, overworked and underpaid, they plot mutiny amidst an attack from the sky, a dragon is on them soon and once the battle is won they do away with the captain giving him the captain’s chance at life, marooning him as well as the apothecary, Everlyn at sea.
By chance they survive after much trial and wind up on a dangerous island with oversized crabs and threats galore, they also get to witness a dragon hatching and there is where the story truly picks up.
The writing as I said before can be confusing, it jumps around multiple times in a chapter. The depth of character wasn’t there for me and it kept me from truly engaging in the characters and perhaps relating to them. I did enjoy Everlyn, she’s feisty, and I did enjoy Jeryon, but they lacked depth. They were rather one dimensional, but there was promise in them.
At times, the story dragged on more than it ought to, but the idea was so very intriguing especially as the dragon grew. I was hoping for something deeper to transpire between Jeryon and Everlyn, I was hoping for depth ANYWHERE, but it was a very shallow read. Not boring, but it lacked depth in story, depth in character.
Lastly, I felt like there were far too many characters introduced that while they had something to do with the story, wasn’t entirely necessary. It was just more confusing and the closer to the end you come the more characters are introduced when I think it should have focused on closure.
The ending left me a little dissatisfied, but all in all, it was a pretty decent read.