Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Poison of Thorns: The Dragon's Back #1 by Robert Dennis Wilson

Book Description:
"The Poison of Thorns [The Dragon's Back #1]" unfolds as an intriguing and action-packed Fantasy with bards, dragons, swords, and mysterious black-robed villains lurking in the shadows. [94K words]

Ten long years after the mysterious murder of their parents, two brothers have just been freed from incarceration in a prison-like orphanage. Against their wills they are torn apart and launched into separate quests against conflicting and dangerous forces. Independently they struggle to learn the truth and to resolve the unanswered cries for vengeance that have long consumed their lives with the poisoned thorns of unresolved bitterness. Finding themselves pitted against a strange and hostile world, overwhelmed with many questions; it becomes their individual obsessions to find the answers and rescue each other.
Why were they locked away in that out-of-the way orphanage for ten long years, when they had living kin who would gladly have claimed them? Who are the sinister black-robed “Dragonmen” and what is their hidden agenda. And why are these blackrobes so interested in the two teenaged brothers that they would mobilize all of their considerable resources to possess them?
What is the significance of the shape of their isolated continent? Is it true that it appears to be a gigantic Dragon floating above the endless depths? What about the rumors that man-sized, almost invisible dragons are stalking their nights?
And finally, who are the mysterious followers of the mythical Gryphon? Why do they alone, of all the diverse peoples of Dragonsback, have the ability to swim in the dark bottomless waters that surround their land? And most importantly, is the mysterious Swimmer who took part in the deaths of the boys' parents still available… for retribution?

My Thoughts:
This was a superbly written book. A good vs. evil that isn't too preachy but definitely has a spiritual overtone. Two brothers are finally free, but separated. There are two 'factions' the Dragonmen and the Swimmers. The Swimmers follow Gryphon and are good while the Dragonmen are evil. The two brothers don't know what is going on or why but each has to choose his own path....

Somewhat of the classic good v. evil with a twist. I like that the book is a Christian Fiction and isn't afraid to show it. The imagery the author used made you actually feel like you were a part of the book. The characters were very well developed and very likeable (well, except the ones you weren't supposed to like!). The book flowed very well and was just very well written.

I rate it a 5/5. If you get the chance, you should definitely read it and I'm ready for the second one!

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinion stated above is 100% mine.


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