The Storm Dragon's Heart by David Alastair Hayden
Synopsis: Turesobei dreamed of adventure, a way to prove he was no longer a child.
Wizards should be careful what they wish for.
to become his clan's next high wizard, studious Turesobei has
constantly struggled to live up to other people's demands and
expectations, but now he's had enough.
When his treasure-hunting
father arrives with important news to discuss with the current high
wizard, Turesobei spies on their secret meeting and accidentally foils
an assassination attempt. As a reward his father invites him on an
expedition to find an artifact known as the Storm Dragon's Heart.
But when disaster strikes, their quest becomes a race for survival.
by a sassy ninja cat-girl and a mysterious diary that transforms into a
winged familiar, Turesobei must face deadly cultists, vengeful spirits,
and a mad wizard from a rival clan who's determined to use the artifact
to destroy Turesobei's homeland.
The Storm Dragon's Heart will
delight readers with a thrilling tale of exotic lands, mystical
creatures, forbidden love, and fast-paced adventure.
Richi's Review: In full disclosure I received a free eBook edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.
of the great things about this fantasy book is that it is based on an
Eastern/Japanese culture. This makes it much more original then many
other fantasy novels.
In the first quarter to third of the book
there is not much action, but a lot of world building and character
introduction. Personally I didn’t find this a problem as it was very
interesting, especially considering the originality of much of it. Once
you get pass that part there is plenty of action, with more balance
between action and character/world development.
character Turesobei is a teenage wizard who is being trained by his
grandfather the high-wizard. He is a good character who wants to do well
and please his grandfather. Although he is somewhat reluctant in his
role as the high wizard’s apprentice and is more keen on going on
adventures with his treasure hunting father.
Turesobei has help
from a number of allies. First is Lu Bei, a familiar that usually takes
the form of a book. He is a great concept and a very interesting
personality. He aids Turesobei with knowledge and helps him with his
spells, but he also has information that he keeps from our hero.
helping Turesobei is a cat-girl called Iniru. She has ninja skills and a
lot of attitude. She has a great personality and makes a great contrast
to Turesobei. Her race is a lot less formal than the Turesobei’s making
for a lot of interesting interactions between the two.
Onudaka’s is another companion who is a great warrior and helps Turesobei in many ways and giving him great advice.
has an interesting family dynamic, his grandfather is his teacher who
is an excellent mentor in the way he both annoys and inspires his pupil.
Turesobei loves his father and wants to be with him, but his father has
been off on adventures most of his life and not with his family.
Turesobei loves his sister and they have a somewhat playful relationship
but they clearly care for each other a lot. Turesobei doesn’t get on
with his mother.
The romance part of the book is actually well
written for a young adult/fantasy book. It takes time to build up and
goes through a believable development.
The magic system is good,
basically the wizard get worn out from casting spells and can even pass
out if they use up too much of their energy. This is great as it stops
the wizards becoming too powerful.
There is a good amount of humour in the book which helps with the story.
problem I had with the eBook edition of this book was that it sometimes
would skip pages. I had to use the Publishers Default settings, and
sometimes had to turn them off and on again to get it to turn pages
I really hope there will be more books to this series
as there are some unanswered questions. The characters in the book are
excellent, the story is fantastic. The world building is very
interesting and it was great to see an fantasy book based on Japanese
culture rather than the traditional European.