19 Dragons by S.M. Reine
release date: July 8th, 2011
ebook, Novella (apx 80 pages)
recommended for: all fans of Steampunk & Dragons!
source: from author for honest review
There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons.
That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known.
The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings the world closer to its end. Unless the the Device is somehow restored to its deceased owner, the Dragons are doomed to destruction-- and the human world will go with them.
Review: This was a fascinating short story, very entertaining. I don't read many short stories unless they are off-shoots of full books that I enjoyed, but I 'm really glad I gave this one a try. The authors writing style and the tense that the story was written in, was almost like standing on the sidewalk in the futuristic, elegant world it's set in, while someone stands beside you saying, "Look, there goes the First Dragon!" The story was exciting and fast paced and although you don't have a chance to really get to know any one character, that same fact adds to their mystery, and I found myself quickly drawn into the lives that each Dragon had built for him or herself in the mortal world. There are 19 of them, and each one is being hunted down by one of their own who has stolen the device that allows them to still be immortal in their human forms. The Dragons are in charge of keeping the natural order of things and if they disappear, the human world will disappear with them into a void. The Second Dragon is on a desperate race to track down the murderer and restore the device before everything is lost. Set in a beautifully imagined steampunk world of dirigibles, magic, and robotic beings, I would love to read more of this world in the future!
The 19 Dragons is currently available at Amazon and will be available at Barnes & Noble for the Nook soon!
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