Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Valgaforis wants to be left in peace. And if he must be bothered, he would prefer goblins to humans. But these humans come searching for something that sounds like it just might help him figure out what happened to the rest of his kind. He can tolerate some bothersome humans for a little while to answer that burning question.
Things just seem to keep going wrong for Alessio. While on the hunt for the regalia of his bloodline, which will finally secure him the throne, he stumbles across Erik, who’s somehow already discovered the dragon cave Alessio seeks. Erik, a native of the Northland, offers to help, and Alessio gratefully accepts, despite the unexpected complications added to his already difficult journey.
Along the way they encounter spirits, hobs, a river bride, and even trolls. In fact, the only thing they don’t seem to encounter is the dragon Alessio expected to find when they finally reach their destination…
The storyline and the characters of The Dragon’s Legacy by Robin White show promise. I just can’t resist a dragon or dragon shifter story. And this sounded like a wonderful fantasy tale. I think it could be as all the elements are here just waiting to be enlarged into the fantasy saga it hopes to be.
With any story, especially a fantasy one, you need a solid foundation of world building to rest it on and this one lacks that. You get bits and pieces of the culture and the reason why Alessio and group is off on his mission but you have gaping holes in his history and in Valgaforis’ as well. Those are never answered either by the end of the story to the reader’s dissatisfaction. You need to pull all the threads together, answer at least the important questions in the readers minds to make the story a cohesive whole in order for any book to be an enjoyable reading experience.
I appreciated little touches here and there. The fact that the dragon joined in on the quest with no one any the wiser was a cute aspect to the story, over too soon for my tastes. And I liked the whole dragon’s sword bit but that should have been explored more as it was a huge part of the storyline.
But the biggest loss here is that of character development. Each character lacked depth and that “realiness” that comes with a layered personality and time given over to making us believe in them as a person/beings. Same goes for the relationships here. All have that shallowness about them that feels one dimensional. It lets you appreciate some of the nicer points of the story but removes you from any emotional contact or connection to anyone within the story.
This is the first story I’ve read by Robin White and I would certainly read others, based on the promise this one displays.
Cover art: Aisha Akuju: The cover art is stunning with the dragon’s hoard. Love it.
Sales Links: Less Than Three Press
Expected publication: May 30th 2018 by Less Than Three Press