Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 260 pages
Characters: Tarn Amel (Tarnamell) & Alagard
POV: Third Limited
Sub-Genre: Fantasy Saga
For a thousand years, since their defeat of the Shadow at Eyr, the dragons have slept under the mountains. Now their king, Tarnamell, has woken. Driven mad by loneliness, he hurls himself south until he finds and tries to claim the Alagard Desert. Unfortunately, the desert already has a guardian spirit, and he doesn’t want to share. Amused by the cocky little desert spirit, Tarn retreats, planning to return in human form.
When his caravan enters the desert, however, Alagard is missing. Rumors fly of a dark power, and soon Tarn’s caravan encounters the living dead and an amnesiac mage called Gard.
Forced to take refuge in the Court of the Shells, a legendary fortress in the heart of the desert, Tarn, Gard, and their allies decide to seek out the Shadow before it destroys the desert. But to confront the Shadow, Tarn needs to gather his strength. A dragon’s power depends on the love and loyalty of his human hoard, but Tarn’s original hoard has been dead for centuries. Before he can face his most ancient enemy, he must win the trust of new followers and the heart of a cynical desert spirit.
“Reawakening” is a fantasy adventure saga worth reading. If you like dragons, you will love this story. The first chapter was so good I had to read it to my sister. Tarnamell is a brilliant portrayal of a dragon, and the backstory is so cleverly inserted into the story, I want to read the story of Eyr (which hasn’t been written and is unlikely to be, although I guess Killan’s might) and the story of Cayl Lattimer and Sethan, which I hope will be written one day.
I can’t say there was a best “bit”, as it was all brilliant, but the first chapter definitely got me hooked. After that, there was no way I could put the book down.
I would recommend this book for lovers of fantasy adventure stories with complex characters, amazing world building (I really could “see” the world, and came to care a great deal for it), and new ways of looking at things.
I cannot recommend this story highly enough.
It was actually the author’s story “The Court of Lightning” from the Goodreads MM Group’s ‘Love’s Landscapes’ event that first caught my attention. From there, I went looking for other free stories, finding “The Lodestar of Ys” and “Emyr’s Smile”, to make check if “The Court of Lightning” was one of those one-off successes. It wasn’t. “Reawakening” is staying on my ereader as one of my favourites and I will be buying the next book as soon as it is available for presale.
Reviewed by Alison
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