A toy castle is what sent Paul Genesse over the edge and into madness. Kaitlin Pastorius marked it as to-read Sep 18, Nicolas Jimenez marked it as to-read Sep 22, Reward no longer available 30 backers. I also need to write a little epilogue chapter. Honestly, I was sick of elves when Tolkien used them for Lord of the Rings. He is husband to a beautiful wife and father to five cute children.
They have hopes, fears, doubts, secret motivations, and backstories that give the action gravitas. Plenty of swordplay and slaying for the action junkies, but also plenty of self-doubt and romance for those looking for a deeper story. It is irresistible. Through his deft handling of magic and mythic creatures, Paul Genesse transports us into a realm of wild imagining. Taut suspense and fantastic imagery make the The Dragon Hunters a tale no fantasy fan will want to miss. The characters are driven, each for their own reasons, united by their desire for honor, and vengeance for their kin.
In the midst of a fantasy, Paul weaves in realistic themes of family and honor, prejudice and hate, love and redemption. Bingle, author of Forced Conversion "Paul Genesse's tale is elegantly written and filled with rich, believable heroes and villains. He transports you to a vibrant fantasy world that feels so real and complex you won't want to leave. It is irresistible.
Through his deft handling of magic and mythic creatures, Paul Genesse transports us into a realm of wild imagining. So within these two cultures that humans are grouped into, there are a great number of subsets, and this ultimately makes the world more relatable. And truly, the action does not stop.
Genesse goes back and forth from several different close third person vantage points of different characters, so that we can get a feel for who they are. While I didn't necessarily find myself warming up to Bree, I did begin to enjoy Dabarius's character much more, and I felt his agonizing anguish and pain as this book delved deeper into his past and ultimately his future as well.
The fight scenes are incredibly well done, and they are almost never ending. The book opens up with a surprise attack by Drake and his companions on some straggling folks who still worship Draglune.
The description of the weaponry and the sheer will power of the companions as they fight- and miraculously continue to survive- literally places you right in the middle of the battlefield. There's a scene where Jaena, once again walking the precarious golden cord which binds her and Drake together, takes control of Bree'alla's body, and she ultimately saves Drake from a demon- but not in the way Bree might have. Repeatedly, Jaena smashes a rock into the demon's head- an unrefined style of killing unlike the smooth skills Bree uses in combat. The description of these different methods of killing also help to define the characters and who they are, and perhaps that remains the greatest asset of this book.
And the book keeps you on tenterhooks. Just when you think that for once, the characters will finally get a moment to rest and stay content for a few moments, something happens, and they're thrown right back into the action. Even at the end of the book, when it appears all is well, and Drake and his companions can start anew, Jaena's very life is left in the balance- with the threat of impending war hanging ominously over all of them.
What can I say? I cannot wait for the fourth book, if only to check up on Jaena. This book stands as the most fulfilling of the entire series thus far. Although the other two books are worth your time. The Iron Dragon novels offer great characters engaged in high adventure against a brilliantly built landscape of magic, fantastical creatures, love, intrigue, and—best of all—lots of bashing with really cool weapons.
The Secret Empire:Book Three of the Iron Dragon Series."The only outsiders who know the truth are dead."To reach the secret lair of the dragon king, the last of. Editorial Reviews. From the Author. The first version of this book came out in January , and.
The Secret Empire follows a small party of adventurers—2 dwarfs, a magician, a man, a woman, and 2 tough as nails dogs—as they trek across perilous country in a quest to kill an old nemesis, a mighty dragon. Genesse throws everything he can at his characters. He tests them for physical prowess, fighting chops no pun intended , and political intrigue. They must face evil, magic, complicated and questionable motives, in-fighting, and several gut-it-out slug-fests with enemies.
His party of dragon hunters covers many different cultures and climates as they make their way through a well thought out topography dressed with believable players and plenty of action. This book comes in at over pages, but it is a page turner with leave-you-hanging stings at the ends of chapters.
There is no stopping once you begin reading. You are going to love it. Mar 05, Heather rated it liked it. I am so torn on this series! The plot is super intriguing to me, and I'm really interested in it. But I've had all I can handle of graphic love scenes. My threshold is admittedly pretty low as far as what I label "graphic". But with SO many books on my list that I want to read, I just decided to leave this one behind and move on to other things.
Sorry Drake, Thor and Bellor. Best wishes :. May 07, Konstanz Silverbow rated it it was amazing. I cried, I laughed, I cried some more.
I sat on the edge of my seat, tense and waiting to find out what comes next. Over all, when I can play background music in my head while reading, I know that I am reading a good book. This The Secret Empire is a good book. Five stars for sure. Sep 30, Benjamin rated it it was amazing.
This book felt like everything good in the fantasy genre and I had a lot of fun reading it. It does a great job at balancing the larger goals of the heroes with obstacles and set backs and links conflict and character in wonderful ways. I can't wait to read more in this series.
Brent Newman rated it really liked it Sep 07, Joel Prinster rated it really liked it Mar 31, JustAButterfly rated it it was amazing Jun 11, Apoorv Belsare rated it really liked it Jun 29, Michael Fry rated it really liked it Nov 04, MysticRogue rated it really liked it Dec 19, Morgun Wolf rated it really liked it May 03, May 17, Daniel Yocom added it. While crossing through a land most of them never knew even existed they face new challenges.
But not all of their struggles are from without as they have to also come to grips in understanding themselves and their place in the world. A place that is much bigger than most of them ever thought it was. The story of the dragon hunting party is not the only one being told by Paul Genesse in this book. Jenna, Drake's childhood love, has chosen her own path that takes her into the depths of danger. The two storylines are woven together to provide intrigue and depth as you explore this unique world through the eyes of the characters.
You learn there is more going on in the world.
The subplots crafted by Genesse are well presented—carefully laid into the storyline. And, by the time I got to the end of this installment of the series, I was ready for the next. This is an epic fantasy that builds a rich world. The action is well paced, pulling the reader forward.