Dragon Mage by Tameri Etherton - SPFBO 2020 Book Review

Dragon Mage by Tameri Etherton - SPFBO 2020 Book Review

Write on: Sat, 03 Oct 2020 by  in SPFBO 2020 Read 3615

A long time ago, Amaleigh’s family was murdered by a magic-hating king. As the only one who escaped, she grew up on the streets but forged an unlikely friendship with Prince Gwilym. That is, until his father found out she was still alive and forced her on the run. Ever since, she’s been jumping between worlds, unable to find a place she truly belongs and having difficulty accessing her magic. Until one day she receives a telepathic cry for help from Gwilym and, despite all of her better instincts, realizes she has to return to help him.

As you can probably tell from the synopsis, Dragon Mage is set up upon a fair amount of backstory. It also contains a number of different fantasy elements such as multiple worlds, dragon shapeshifters, mages, elves, fae, and siphoning. Generally, I’m one to appreciate a complex magic system and characters with a rich history. However, in this case, the book was too short for all of these components to work together in a satisfying way, which is a shame because there were several parts that I was interested in learning more about.

We didn’t get enough time spent worldbuilding for my tastes, which left the magic system unexplained and the backstory as more of a hindrance than a boon. I never got time to settle in and enjoy the world because new and somewhat unnecessary elements were constantly being introduced. Several of the events that took place seemed to only exist to set up a crossover with the author’s other books, which might be exciting if you've read them, but for me took precious time away from the primary plot development. And even though the big reveal at the end did surprise me, it didn’t have the emotional impact that it could have had if I had gotten to know the characters better. As it was, I didn’t feel any great attachment to them, not even to our main character Amaleigh, which made it difficult to care very much about what took place.

Though Dragon Mage was a mediocre read for me, I think it could be good for someone with different preferences and expectations. If you like a book to just jump into the thick of things and prefer soft magic systems to more defined ones, you’ll probably find much more enjoyment in this novel than I did.

Last modified on Sunday, 04 October 2020 02:35

Natasha's passion for reading was kindled by her parents and the local library that allowed her family to checkout 50 books at a time. She first fell in love with fantasy through Arthurian retellings whereas her love for science fiction began with Star Wars novels. Nowadays, she still spends her free time reading but also gaming, running a blog (natrosette), and obsessing over TV shows. Maybe if she spent as much time reading as she does looking for books to read, she'd actually make a dent in her TBR.