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This is book 3 in an (at least) 5 book story. So far the series has been quick YA reads about a boy journeying to find himself (does that sound familiar?) And his adventures along the way. The title of this installment promised dragons, did it deliver on upping the story and incorporating dragons? Here is what I thought….
Thor, and the other Legion recruits have set off for The Hundred, 100 days of training on a mysterious island that they almost died reaching. Meanwhile, back in the capital, Gwen finds the truth about Gareths involvement in her fathers murder and she survives two assassination attempts (also sent by Gareth). A bunch of *stuff* happens (including a run in with a dragon and a cyclops) and Thor (with all his friends) make it back alive, reunite with Gwen, then rush off to defend the kingdom from the invading McClouds.
Plot Score: 3/5
See previous reviews on this series. I wish there was some additional aspects in this story, or that the dragons had played a bigger role, but it’s a solid foundation for these stories.
Location Score: 3/5
Characters and Relationships
I don’t feel like there is much new to report here. Same characters as always. Gareth is still bi-polar. Gwen and Godfrey are still to disillusioned to realize their brother means business.
Characters Score: 3/5
Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)
Bigger Meaning Score: 0/5
Defining Quote: “These shores are littered far and wide with the bones of warriors who thought they could conquer the dragon. The pride of man is the feast of dragons.”
There are a couple of places where I felt the author didn’t like where he was going with the story and forcibly changed things up. For example, Gwen and Godfrey were *about* to find the truth out about what came down the chute (at the end of book 2), but all of a sudden the guy changed his mind. It’s like the author got a 5 book deal and needed to stretch the story line. Also, what happened to Thors brothers? Were they in The Hundred with him? They just disappeared from the plot.
And can I also say one of the bad characters was named “Malic”, is that a little too obvious?
Style Score: 3/5
-Despite some general silliness (all the ‘I owe you one’s’) It was an enjoyable read.
Total Score and Recommendation
12/25- I’m going to keep reading…it’s a nice filler book.