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Review of Dragon by

Tom Martin at datbookreviews reached out to me so that he could review Book One: Dragon. I gladly gave him a free copy. He's read and reviewed it. Here's a little of what he had to say about the first book in the HIstories of Purga saga:

Another exciting review for me, as it’s a book sent to me for review. It’s something I’ve found quite surprising – these new authors really want for their books to be read, reviewed. At first I was worried that, in offering to review a book for somebody, they’d simply think that I was trying to get a free read out of it. I was so very wrong. The author of this book, Rustin Petrae, seemed very thankful that I had reached out to him. Thinking about it, if I had written a book, I too would want to know how people felt about it. Anyway, this book is the first in a series of four, the second of which is to be expected July this year. Well then, on to the review!

The Rooks are a race of people far technologically advanced, able to create almost anything they need from small nano-bots that are kept with them at all times. The Terraquois are a colony of people dwelling deep within the forest, in tune with nature and the animals. Many can alter their form to a beast representing their nature. The two people’s are at war. There’s a new player though, and when the Rook city is attacked by the Blak Army, a young Terraquois girl saves the life of a Rook Prince. And that’s where things really start going wrong.

Book 1: Dragon has a very compelling plot-line. Once I was into it, I really couldn’t stop reading. It is not, however, very linear. I found it a little hard to follow at some points. That is, when I wasn’t fully concentrating. I don’t think this book is an easy read, I had to sit down and ‘actively’ read it. Don’t take this for a bad thing though. I find that generally, books thy force me to pay attention are deeper, more interesting and give a better experience. I’m glad this book had me wanting more, looking for time to sit and read. One thing I wasn’t too find of was the author’s use of perspectives. As you move through the novel, you are following lots of different groups of people, and they aren’t all in the same stretch of time. I found it quite hard to follow who was with who, and where, and when. Having people in different places in time can work really well (just look at Lord of the Rings), but sadly this one just didn’t come out on top. Overall, a thrillingly compelling plot, just slightly convoluted. Oh yes, and the ending is amazing – totally unexpected and I really can’t wait for the next book!

Thanks again Tom and I'm glad you reached out to me.

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