I had recently read the novel “A legacy of light” by Daniel Arenson and had found it to be a refreshing take on the fantasy genre. I was happy to have another reading copy of another of Arenson’s novels, “A dawn of dragonfire,” and was hopeful that I would enjoy it as much as I had his previous novel.
The people of Requiem are born with the ability to shift into dragons. All of them, that is, except for Solina who was taken in as an orphan after the royal family killed her family. Now that the kingdom was at peace, Solina was raised along with the royal family as one of their own. That all changed when Solina became the lover of a prince and their secret romance was discovered. Solina was scarred and turned out of the kingdom. She went south and there found a secret magic of the sun that allowed her to transform into a phoenix. Now Solina has returned to Requiem to reclaim her lost love or to destroy the kingdom if she cannot have her heart’s desire.
When she is spurned by her former lover, the war is on and the dragons of Requiem are being slain. Now they must turn to a demon buried deep in the grounds centuries before and a talisman of moon magic that may or may not exist to save the kingdom. The guardians of Requiem must race toward these goals and hope that the legends are true or the kingdom will be burned away in the fire of the phoenix army.
I was impressed by my first foray into the world of Requiem and came into “A dawn of dragonfire” with a lot of anticipation. For the most part, I was not disappointed although I was not as enthralled by this fictional world as I was in the first book. While there was a lot more action in this novel, the action was often to the detriment of the characters. While I had found “A legacy of light” to be a rich novel with characters that I came to sympathize with, “A dawn of dragonfire” was just too busy for any real character development and this left the exciting story a little bit short as it was filled with characters that felt more like cardboard cut-outs rather than real people. This kept the novel from reaching the same level as “A legacy of light” and I was a bit disappointed at this.
That being said, I still enjoyed “A dawn of dragonfire.” Daniel Arenson has crafted an intriguing world in Requiem and I look forward to exploring the world more in the future. It is a world of adventure and intrigue and “A dawn of dragonfire” does introduce several new classes of monsters and specific creatures that were interesting and that I would like to see more of in the future. Since this is the first book in a series, I would have liked to see more character development and less action that could have been spread deeper into the series but that is somewhat of a quibble with the story as Arenson has sparked my interest in a fantasy world more than most have done in recent years. There is a lot to like in this book and fans of the fantasy genre are sure to thrill at the adventure that lay within its pages. I look forward to further exploring the world of requiem in the future.
I would like to give a special thank you to NetGalley and Moonclipse for this reading copy. “A dawn of dragonfire” is available now.