Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review: Blood Of Requiem by Daniel Arenson


Long ago stood the kingdom of Requiem, a land of men who could grow wings and scales, breathe fire, and take flight as dragons. Requiem ruled the sky.

But Dies Irae, a tyrant leading an army of griffins, hunted Requiem's people, burned their forests, and shattered their temples. Requiem fell. This ancient land now lies in ruin, its halls crumbled, its cries silenced, its skeletons littering the burned earth.

In the wilderness, a scattering of survivors lives in hiding. The griffins still hunt them, and every day promises death. Will Requiem's last children perish in exile... or once more become dragons and fly to war?

I give it 5 stars

My Review
Blood Of Requiem is a dazzling tale of shape-shifting dragons, evil kings, and vicious griffins. This novel is an action-packed, thrill a minute ride full of danger, despair, hope, and love.
Dies Irae is a truly vile villain and yet he's no cardboard caricature, but a real person with qualities which, while not necessarily redeemable, make him a truly three dimensional character. The reasons for why he is the person he is do not justify his evil deeds but they do explain them. He is not evil simply for the sake of being evil.
The heroes of the story, the shape-shifting dragons, are each unique individuals you can't help but root for as they struggle simply to survive. Most of their kind were wiped out in a devastating war and they spend each day like fugitives on the run, their lives threatened for the crime of having been born.
Aside from the epic battles and intense personal struggles, there are truly wondrous moments which will dazzle your mind. If you love dragons, you must read this book.

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