The Bandwagon reviewer James McStravick reviews The Dragon’s Blade by Michael R. Miller.
Dragons once soared in the skies, but that was before the Transformation, before they took human form. Now, demonic forces stand to obliterate them. When left mortally wounded, Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can only be saved through a dangerous rebirthing spell. He is left as a babe in human hands.
Twenty years later, Darnuir is of age to wield the Dragon’s Blade. As the last member of his bloodline, he is the only one who can. He is plunged into a role he is not prepared for, to lead a people he does not know. Shadowy demons ravage his new home and the alliance between humans, dragons and fairies has fractured.
The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King is Michael R. Millers first published book; in comparison to other debut novels I have read in the past, this certainly doesn’t read that way. It has been written in a manner that would make you believe the author has been writing for many years, and I think Michael R. Miller has done an exceptional job with his debut.
The Dragon’s Blade is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in months and, ironically, I don’t think words can do justice to how good it is, but I’ll give it a try. When you first step into the world of the The Dragon’s Blade you are given a small prologue that helps set up the mysterious character of Dukoona, which not only helps build intrigue early on, but also helps set the pace of the book.
One of the most exceptional parts I found with the book is the characterisation, due to the characters being so diverse and realistic; behaving and reacting in ways we’d expect people to. This rang especially true for Darnuir. Darnuir is the prince of Aurisha, and at first I found myself not liking him, but then an incident occurs and leaves his future in the balance, and it was from here I found myself liking him more and more. Not only does he struggle to find himself, but he deals with various circumstances from a new perspective.
As we follow Darnuir over the course of his life after the incident we are introduced to new POV characters and secondary characters. Sometimes this can bog down characterisation and the book itself. Michael however manages to avoid this pitfall by only giving us what we need to know about the secondary characters and making the POV the star. I felt overall Michael’s method of characterisation helps keep the pace of the book very fluid but also leaves you wanting to learn more about the characters.
The story has been beautifully crafted into something that not only has a good pace but also provides great action scenes, and pulls you into a world with intrigue and mystery. The different character POV’s each hold their own air of mystery, and as the story progress you are drip-fed pieces of an already bigger mystery. This alone had me constantly on the edge of my seat and always wanting to know more.
The story will grip you from the beginning and always leave you wanting to know more’ this is especially true when it comes to Dukoona and the elusive guardian who has been missing for quite some time.
One aspect that intrigued me the most is the magic system as I have never came across one like it. Having magic in this world is a source of great power but with this power comes grave consequences, as it can be as addictive as it is deadly. As you read the story you will come across many consequences where a user has become addicted to the magic or have suffered at the fate of overusing magic and this is what truly makes it so interesting to read about.
With all of the above in mind I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and there were many occasions where I wanted to forget everything else and just keep reading. It will truly grip you and always leave you wanting to read more. This has been one of the most enjoyable books I have read in many months and I am already eagerly awaiting the second book in this series. I would highly recommend The Dragon’s Blade as Michael R. Miller has produced something of great measure, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.