Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Dawn of Dragonfire by Daniel Arenson (review)

A Dawn of Dragonfire (Dragonlore, #1) 
Dragonlore:  A Dawn of Dragonfire (1)
by Daniel Arenson
Genre : Fantasy
Pages: 328
Published: August 2012
Publisher: Moonclipse
Summary:  ""Their wings thudded. Their flames roared. Thousands of dragons, warriors of Requiem, soared through wind and darkness. Their cries rose in the night: for war, for fire, and for glory."

The people of Requiem, an ancient kingdom, can grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Their hearts are noble, their wisdom great, their kingdom a land of beauty and peace.

This peace will soon burn. From the south, a fire rises. Birds of flame take flight. The phoenixes soar, beasts of heat and wrath, large as dragons and cruel as wildfire. Their purpose is one: destroy the land of dragons.

Requiem's dragons have defeated countless enemies. Their claws are sharp and their flames bright. But how can they fight the phoenixes, creatures woven of sunfire itself?"
Review:     This almost received 5 stars from me. I will admit that I was riveted through much of it. A few flaws that I will cover below but I must start with saying this was a fun, anxiety-packed adventure!

    This is a world were dragons can shift their beings from a dragon form to human. They can walk, talk, fight and work like any man or woman. but they can also take to the skies and breath fire. They seem to live a life equally comfortable in either form.

    We start off with an attack on Royal siblings. Teenage Mori and her brother Orin are assaulted by Phoenixes. They murdered Orin and Mori barely escapes to warn her family of the impending attack. Now these are not your small phoenixes we see in the likes of Harry Potter or something. Oh no, These are huge birds of smoke and flame and are larger than the dragons! Now I have read books of phoenixes in various shapes and sizes but never this big. And these guys seem to be impenetrable in their bird form which leaves the Dragons on a losing end.

    The phoenixes are led by Solina. An orphan princess raised amongst the Dragons and when exiled she finds a new life and has filled it with thoughts of vengeance! She is one twisted woman. She has the most messed up views of love that I have ever read about. She claims to love Prince Elethor but kills his family (and worse!)

    This book is filled with tense anticipation as the dragon try to find ways to defeat their attackers. Or, for that matter, simply survive! I hated each moment I had to put this book down once I got into it.

    I really liked the characters. I even like how twisted Solina is. From sweet Mori who is violated in the worst of was, to goofy Bayrin, and Warrior knight Lyana and others. The most annoying character was the High Priestess whose thoughts are often very self-centered.

    I felt that Daniel Arenson must like Tolkien's novels. I could see a lot of similarities in an influential manner. Most of it was fun but it actually annoyed me when if came down to the riddle scene which plays out almost exactly like The Hobbit.

    I will definitely be continuing this series and it comes with my recommendations to any fans of dragons, phoenixes or great fantasy battles! Although please note, it is filled with violence including rape, death of children, etc. Only for the strong of will!

*I received a free copy of this novel from Moonclipse in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.*


  1. Dragons are one of my fav Paranormal creatures, I love reading books with dragons in it. This book sounds really good, Thanks for the review.

  2. It sounds like there's a lot to keep track of, but that's kind of refreshing! It's probably too intense for me, though...

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  3. I love the idea of a human dragon shifter. I hate when parts are so similar to other books. Still, it sounds like a fun read.

  4. Sounds like an adventurous book

  5. The dragon on that cover is scary... I find the concept of phoenixes being evil a little strange, too. I've read other books that have humans turning into dragons and tend to enjoy them :) I want to read this and am going onto my library's website to see if it's available!


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