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Legacy of the Black Dragon
Written by J. A. D'Arcy
Review by: Tina Morgan

Mundania Press has a new author on their lists and if Legacy of the Black Dragon is any indication, she'll be one of their best sellers.

Julie D'Arcy pulls her readers quickly into a world of dragons and forgotten technology in this rousing novel of good vs. evil.

Garrik le Fey, the first King of Tarlis fought the High Priest of Darkness, Narokah to the death, but Narokah called upon his evil master for aid and was transformed into a red dragon. In order to stop his nemeses from bringing the God of Blood into their world, Garrik forces his wizard to turn him into a dragon as well. With the battle raging without any hope of success or end, the sorcerer exiles both dragons into The Book of Stars where the battle continues for more than eight hundred years.

It is the simple act of vandalism that frees the dragons and brings the fight back to Tarlis once more.

The novel follows Garrik through heroic trials and heartbreaking events as he struggles to bring an end to Narokah's evil. Arkron, the sorcerer who placed the dragons in the book centuries ago, has used his magic to restore his youth so that he might battle at his master's side. Their efforts are jeopardized when Arkron cannot stop Garrik from reverting to dragon form every morning. With each change, more black scales remain on Garrik's chest and if they don't find the magic to stop it, he will lose his identity and will to the dragon.

Legacy of the Black Dragon is told in omniscient third, a narrative that has fallen out of favor with many NY publishing houses. However, it is a narrative style that I enjoy as it allows the reader to experience the thoughts and emotions of the main characters first hand.

All of the characters were well developed and engaging. Some of the strongest character growth occurred in Johden, a young lady who wishes to become a Knight of the Stars. Both she and Lady Meggahn must learn the cost and strength of love in this romantic fantasy.

The writing flows well and Ms. D'Arcy's style is very enjoyable. I half expected one of the relationships she followed to end differently but I was pleased that she didn't back away from the problems the characters were facing.

Available in hardback in May from Mundania Press, Legacy of the Black Dragon earns a  * * * * * rating and is well worth ordering.


Rating Scale:
* * * * * = Un-put-downable, excellent reading!
* * * * = Good value, interesting reading.
* * * = Had potential, but could have been better.
* * = Slow, difficult to read, could have been improved.
* = Imminently forgettable.



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