When the dragons emerge to terrorise the village of Shenzing, the legendary Dragon Warriors are summoned for help. Hajur answers the call, but in exchange for his protection he requests a boy to become his follower... someone brave enough to train in the dangerous ways of the warrior. Could Baran, a village outcast, prove to be the one?
After almost two years of reading university text books and children's story books, I was so pleased to be given the chance to review something different. And I have fully enjoyed reading the Dragon Hunter, possibly a little too much. I picked it up at 2pm on a rainy Sunday afternoon and did not put it down again until 5pm that same day when I had finally finished reading it.
The basic story line: a young boy lives in a remote village, he is taunted and bullied much of his young life and considered an outsider. When his village is attacked by Dragons, he is chosen to become a dragon warrior, much to the disgust of the rest of the villagers. With the help of a dragon warrior they must track and kill a red dragon before it returns to attack the village once more.
The story line is a basic one, and you just when you think you have it figured out, you turn the page and something unexpected happens. I love books like this, you do not get bored reading them and you have to keep reading to find out more. And because the boy is so young, and seems so defenceless you can not help but feel for him and his plight. The story is told in such a way that if you are one of those people who gets totally engrossed in what you are reading you can almost visualize exactly what is happening, you can feel the red eyes on the dragon looking into his soul and the heat of the flames as the dragon roars and hisses.
As the story draws to a close, you almost feel like the remaining dragon is going to win, that the boy and dragon warrior will be killed, at more than one point in the story you are led to believe that the dragon warrior has died and the boy must complete the journey alone. This story is filled with wonder, heart ache, sadness and happiness. You can feel the pain and the joy within. Very well written and I can not wait to read more in the series, if there is more.
The Dragon Hunter is an action-filled fantasy adventure. Baran is the main character. As per the blurb, he is the village outcast. In a few short pages we are introduced to the village, Baran and his family. We also get to understand the reason he is despised so much. The information doesn't feel too forced though. Its a gentle building of the character.
The book launches into the action pretty quickly. We get to know a lot about Baran and the other characters as the action is taking place. I really liked how the scenes throughout the book drew you in. I felt like I was there, because of the way the author weaved the description of everything.
There are so quite gory parts to the book. It's about battling dragons, so there are so pretty horrible things that happen. Still, I was able to continue reading. Some book series, I have found too hard to finish because the deaths have been far too graphic for me.
This book would suit a young adult. Its a good size for the price, and it is a good read. I was on the edge of my seat, and found it very difficult to put down once Baran becomes Hajur's follower. It's probably more aimed at boys, but girls who like dragons, and fantasy novels will enjoy it too.
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