Here be Dragons On the Horizon – mystic dragon (Jason Denzel)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  While I try to post no spoilers, if ye haven’t read the first book then ye might want to skip this post. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

mystic dragon (Jason Denzel)

Title: mystic dragon

Author: Jason Denzel

Publisher: Macmillian-Tor/Forge

Publication Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018!! (hardback/ebook)

ISBN: 978-0765381996

Source: NetGalley

This be the second book in me e-Arc Extravaganza Challenge wherein I attempt to read 5 books in 7 days before their July 17th release date.  Arrr!  Yesterday I reviewed the first book in the Mystic Trilogy.  Yes it came out in 2015 but was included in me Challenge because I inadvertently, and happily, requested book two.  I saw Jason Denzel’s name and thought “oh I love him” and clicked only to realize that while me ports for plunder list had the first book, mystic, on it to buy since 2015,  I never had!  Remedied, read, and really loved.

Now I be conflicted on this one.  Part of this is because I don’t read blurbs for sequels on account of spoilers.  So I was expecting the story would pick up soon after the events of the first book.  Instead seven years has passed and we have skipped Pomella’s training.  This is super clear in the blurb.  So I can’t get too grumpy about it.  But I really wanted to know more about how and why the magic works the way it does and especially how Pomella uses her version of it.  Like specifics.  And I thought we would get to be on every part of her journey.  Nope.

What ye do get is a celestial event that threatens the very fabric of Moth and the rest of the world.  The time up to and through the eclipse is especially dangerous.  The Fayün world is blending in with the mortal world and the mystics from all different regions have gathered to help during the chaos.  There be some explanation of how the magic works in an overarching way.  This part was kinda odd and cool.

Ye also get a new mystic apprentice named Shevia.  I absolutely loved her background, character, and part in this story.  Ye get more awesome Fayün creatures.  I could have used even more!  Ye get to know why dragon is in the title.  The answer is surprising and certainly different.  I enjoyed how that played out.  Ye get to see more of Sim.  I adore him and I found the story of his seven passing years to be engrossing and wonderful.  And I still of course enjoy Pomella.

Two small problems for me were lots of flashbacks and Pomella’s magic.  The flashbacks themselves were wonderful.  The shifts in time and plot took some getting used to.  And Pomella’s magic was performed mostly through intuition.  I personally didn’t like that her magic always “just worked.”  I like me magic to have rules that I can follow.

I cannot say that I loved this one but I certainly enjoyed it for the most part.  The writing was as lovely as in book one.  I just had expectations that weren’t met.  And that be okay.  The author went in a different direction.  It happens.  I think that this is the fault of me as a reader and not the author as a writer.  In any case, there seemed to be clues of how book three will go.  I will be reading it but I will keep a more open mind next time.

So lastly . . .

Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!

Side note: Check in tomorrow for book three of the e-Arrrrc Extravaganza – kill the farm boy (Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne)

Normally I would post a blurb here but it be way too spoilery for me tastes!

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9 thoughts on “Here be Dragons On the Horizon – mystic dragon (Jason Denzel)

  1. It’s always a problem, I think, when you particularly bond with a character and assume you will see more of his/her life in a specific manner in the next book – then the author has other ideas… Your review is fair-minded and congratulations on omitting the spoilery blurb – I have a tendency to rewrite them, instead, but giving folks the option by providing the link is probably more reader friendly:)).

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    1. Thanks for yer comments on me being fair. I felt kinda bad for wanting something different. The author is under no obligation to write what I want of course. I hate the spoilery blurbs. I just finished a novella that I read without readin’ the blurb. And then when I did read the blurb I was annoyed that it told the entire story and ruined the mystery. Sometimes not readin’ the blurb is a bad choice like in the sequel to windswept. I wouldn’t have bought the book if I had read the blurb. But seriously I wish I could write blurbs sometimes. Most either spoil a lot or they seem like the person didn’t read the book!
      x The Captain

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      1. Oh, I know what you mean! The blurb for Time Was by Ian McDonald was clearly written by someone who hadn’t read the book – unforgiveable! If I was the hapless author, I’d be biting the carpet, given there are a lot of indignant reviews by readers picking it up, thinking they are getting something completely different.

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      2. I know publishing houses are busy but seriously get an intern to read it and do it. It is funny that ye should mention that book. I had looked it up after time had passed from me intitial readin’ of yer review. The blurb sounded awful. And I thought I had remembered yer liking it. I was confused. So ye reminded me and I just reread yer review and yes that is the version I want to read. I am glad ye mentioned it because I wasn’t going to read it based on the official blurb. I want to read his Luna series but it isn’t finished yet. So I was going to start with the novella. I still will. I will just wait long enough for the bad blurb to fall out of me head. I feel bad for both the authors and the readers. Thanks matey!
        x The Captain

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      3. I know… And thank you! The Luna series was originally publicised as a duology, so I’m guessing it’s success has engendered the upcoming book! And I hadn’t realised it was coming out – so I’m very grateful for that info-nugget, thank’s Cap!

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