The Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King

Write on: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 by  in Petros' Reviews Read 5807

Arriving on my doorstep after Lawrence's Red Sister and Skovron's Hope & Red (arguably the 2 greatest reads of 2016), The Reborn King had a difficult path ahead. Fortunately, it more than delivered.

The three races of Earth (Humans, Fairies and Dragons) are united against a common enemy. Rectara powerful mage with countless demons in his command is set to dominate the land, and only Darnuir, the Prince of Dragons, can stand in his way. But when left mortally wounded, Darnuir is forced to endure the effects of a powerful spell resulting in his rebirth (with complete memory loss) among humans, who he once considered inferior. Twenty years later, he comes of age to wield the Dragon's Blade; a powerful weapon with unique abilities that only the King of Dragons can have in his possession. With his true identity revealed (along with some memories of his previous life), Darnuir is called to unite the three races once more, and defeat Rectar, to save the land. But among traitors, broken friendships and un-responding love interests, things are not as simple as one could imagine...

"Oh but Darnuir, memory is the heaviest of all things," Blaine began solemnly. "Even the strongest shoulders will be hunched by it in time. Nothing weighs upon us more, nor for longer, than memory."

Miller's debut is one of sheer creativity. You don't get to see a lot of battles or action in general, but that's because the author is planning ahead. Instead of creating an action-packed book, he optioned instead to sculpt his world. From historical journeys to conventional myths, from conflicts between factions to courtly politicking, and from moral dilemmas to sociological perspectives, The Reborn King is the foundation stone to a fantasy world that can support at least half a dozen novels if Miller chooses so. 

The magic system is simple yet effective, relying on Newton's Third Law. The characters are skilfully developed and well crafted, but the real gem is Darnuir's personalities (yes, two of them, coming to conflict with each other). This feels like a weird cinematic treatment, where you and the protagonist both can't feel strongly connected with the various events taking place, yet you are truly affected. Finally, you are in a for a treat of plenty plot twists, some of them foreseen from miles ahead, and some others unexpected and shocking to the core

All in all, The Dragon's Blade: The Reborn King is a solid debut from a promising author, and a relaxing read worthy of your attention. 

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