Review: Curse of the Dragon Stone

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This appears to be a fantasy embroidering and reimagining of the biblical story of Saul and David, or at least the first part of it. It is also of novella, not novel, length. It is the first of three.

There is some history behind the story, hit lightly with a bit of scripture-like writing. Evidently there is more that doesn't get mentioned, and we have to wait until it comes out. The main viewpoint character is a dragon shapeshifter, and his friend the adopted son of the high king is a half-angel. There was a conflict between their fathers, which resulted in the protagonist's family land being largely destroyed by the king and his other vassal kings.

There's not really a lot of action in this story, so if that's what you're looking for, this is not the story for you. There is a good bit of character interplay and we learn some back story, setting it up for the second installment.

The author leaves it up to reader interpretation as to whether or not there is a same sex relationship beginning. There is nothing explicit, only a couple of jokes that are likely intended tongue in cheek. To be honest, I believe the author intends to head into standard 'buddy story' territory from here, but I could be mistaken.

I had hoped for more to the story, but what there was was enjoyable enough. I'll give it a 7 out of 10 rating - by Amazon standards four stars.


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