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