Title: Tears of a Dragon
Author: Sulayman X
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages: 300 pages
Characters: S. Mortimer Bookin and Prince Allender
S. Mortimer Bookin is curious. It’s what makes him such a good scholar. He’s curious about the world around him, about his dead parents, about what it might be like to meet another Contrary man like himself. Then roguish and Contrary Kai warrior Prince Allender shows up on his doorstep, and Mortimer is entranced. The catch? Allender comes with baggage: a host of Contrary youths he wants to train in the ways of the Kai brotherhood… with Mortimer as their teacher.
Mortimer’s curiosity and growing fascination with Allender trump his love of routine, and he commits to a perilous journey to obtain the Kai Overlord’s blessing for the school. It’s a quest that will take him from home to the Zu-Kai Isle, on to the frozen north, and all the way to the mystical Dragon Isle. Mortimer and Allender grow closer with each mile, but when Allender is injured, it will fall to Mortimer to lead their ragtag brotherhood to procure the overlord’s price—the tears of a dragon.
“Tears of a Dragon” is a Fantasy that follows S. Mortimer Bookin, a previously untested scholar on an adventure away from the familiar and known. Starting with a double-handful of young, lithe, naked youths playing on his front dock and in the water in front of his home. Being aimed at a Young Adult audience, there is no on-page sex and only a vague reference to anything sexual. I rather enjoyed that fact; the relationship between S. Mortimer Bookin and Prince Allender tends to stay secondary to the main adventure plot, weaving in and around the story instead of beating it over the head.
In the “About the Author” section, the author talks about “books that adhere to the longstanding rules of the genre … like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings”. The writing style of “Tears of a Dragon is very similar to these books, which, unfortunately meant I could not really get into to the book. I liked the premise, the general plot and characters were good, and the ending a nice twist. The author definitely knows how to build a world and characters. I thought the addition of Racalla was a nice touch and she, like the other characters, was realistic and fully developed.
If you liked “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” and are looking for a light adventure, or you enjoy coming-of-age stories, then this one might be for you. I tend to prefer my stories a little less dry, which is why it got a 2.5. Technically, it should be a 3, but I just can’t say I liked it.
Reviewed by: Alison