Book Review: "Draykon" by Charlotte E. English

“When shy and retiring Llandry Sanfaer discovers a mesmerising new gemstone, she suddenly becomes the most famous jeweller across the Seven Realms. Demand for the coveted stone escalates fast; when people begin dying for it, Llandry finds that she herself has become a target.

Lady Evastany Glostrum has her life in pristine order. Prestigious, powerful and wealthy, she is on the verge of crowning her successes with the perfect marriage. But when her closest friend is murdered for the jewellery she wears, Eva is drawn into the mystery surrounding the curious “istore” gem.

The emergence of the stone is causing chaos across the Seven. Gates between the worlds are opening at will, pulling hordes of creatures through from the shadowy Lower Realm and the glittering Uppers. As Eva works to discover the culprit behind the spreading disorder, Llandry must learn the truth about her precious istore stone – before she herself becomes a victim.” 

The problem with reading as many books as I do is this; you tend to run across many that are virtual copies of one another with storylines you can predict from the beginning.

On the flip side of the coin, the great thing about reading and reviewing so many books is the chance to discover new and brilliant stories; often before the rest of the world! To my delight ‘Draykon‘ falls into the latter category.

This book was, if you’ll pardon my humor, an absolute gem. The writing was excellent, the descriptions of the worlds were so vivid I could see them and the characters were each unique and fit well into the story.

I was concerned at first that it was going to be more of a murder mystery than anything, with never-ending descriptions of the victims and such, but it was nothing of the sort. There is certainly the mystery aspect to the novel, which is very engaging, but the story goes far beyond any typical ‘murder mystery’.

The cover. Of course I’m going to mention it! It is exquisite, and if you take the time to click on it and view it larger you’ll see just how stunning it is. Love it.

There is going to be a sequel to this novel, which I believe will be coming out shortly and which I have already decided to read.

So. Should you read this book? … Are you grown up? Do you like fantasy? If the answer to both those questions is yes then there is no reason for you not to click on one of the handy links below and go get it right now. (It’s $0.99 for hours of entertainment. How can you go wrong?)

If you do happen to pick up a copy of this book, remember to stop by and leave a review!


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Charlotte has also written a collection of short stories featuring characters from ‘Draykon‘. It is called ‘Leximandra Reports, and other tales’ and can be downloaded as a free ebook on Smashwords.

Other links you may be interested in include:
The author’s website
The book’s Goodreads page

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