Shades Of Words

Queen of Dragons


After having reading the entire series of LOTR and Harry Potter,and never taking a liking to Terry Pratchett, I believed that I had read all there was to be read in fantasty fiction. At the end there are only so many underdog heroes, dark lords and imaginary worlds that you can take. But the beauty of fantasy fiction has always been in the power of magic and the belief that such a world could exist. And I missed the craziness and wonder of it all.

I thought it was time for me to go back and pick up something from the genre – so I spotted this book on the library shelf and brought it home with me.

The first thing that I realized when I was through 30-40 odd pages was that this was a romance – a mills-and-boons romance no less – and the whole fantasry world is woven around it.
There is this drop dead gorgeous , heroine, Princess Maricara and then there is this drop-dead gorgeous hero , Lord Kimber. They both bristle with beauty and arrogance and are rulers in their own world whose lives come together when they need to defend their race. The Drakons.

Drakons are creatures who can turn from human to smoke to dragons and vice versa.The Sanf imincus have risen are out to slay the dragons and erase them from this world. The two surviving kingdoms of the drakons  must join forces and fight against these.

All the ingredients of a good fantasty fiction world are there – the mythical creatures , the power of magic with the drakons, the ring to bind them all ( this case the drumer..the stone that can rule the drakons). There are loyalties to be questioned, there is jealousy an betrayel.But in admist all this tension and mounting crisis – the leaders must seduce each other because the law demands that they be together(seriously??!!), make love and when time permits prepare for the battle!

I do get that its a romance novel, but the romance is so cliched and sort of comes in way of whole crisis in the dragon world. I mean if the end of your kind and your carefully protected world was near would you seriously be romancing the first hot female dragon you see. Sheesh.

Needless to say I am disappointed. And I dont mean this as any offense to the writer or fantasy fiction readers. This books is a page turner and gripping too. But in this category – there are so many more better writers and stories out there.

Verdict : Skip it


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “Queen of Dragons

  1. It is a nice change sometimes though for the romance to come first and the world crisis second. As you say, after reading about a large number of dark lords and under-dogs it is sometimes fun to read something like this.

  2. Cassandra – Thanks for stopping by. Yes I agree it was a fun read. But it was a question of what I was looking for – I was not looking for a romance novel. I did read up on Shane Abe later on and realized that she is primarily a romance writer. If I had known that I might have had different expectations. Btw I visited your page too and found that you like strong female characters in stories – so do I. And in that way – Princess Maricara does not disappoint at all. She is definitely independent and does what is the best for her people.

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