Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: The 19 Dragons

There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons.

That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known.

The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings the world closer to its end. Unless the Device is somehow restored to its deceased owner, the Dragons are doomed to destruction-- and the human world will go with them.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this novella. I saw “dragons” in the title and thought, “Dragons? Heck yeah!” Plus, it was free on Amazon, and I’m a sucker for freebies.

Nineteen dragons—one for each province, with a pillar supporting each region. Should the corresponding dragon perish, the pillar crumbles, and the province falls with it. This was definitely an interesting concept. I enjoyed the world-building of this novella, although I wish it had been fleshed out a teensy bit more; however, S.M. Reine created a fascinating world of fantasy and steampunk (yes, the two genres collide in this story). But what I liked most about the series of short stories was how each action one dragon performed changed the outcome of another dragon. Although there were nineteen dragons in total, and it was a bit tough to remember all of them, there were several aha! moments later on in each story.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quick read, and if you love fantasy and steampunk (especially if you love them together), then I’d recommend picking up this book.


  1. I didn't know that this was a novella but it is interesting enough that I think it should be continued in a whole series
    I like the idea of the 19 dragons, amazing!
    Your reader,

    1. Yeah, it's a little over 100 pages in length, so it's definitely not a short story.

      There were some pretty original concepts for this book, which I think readers will enjoy. It'd be interesting to see if S.M. Reine expands on this world, especially when she left the end wide open. :)


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