My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author, Julia Suzuki, in exchange for an honest review. Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my review.
The Land of Dragor (the Gift of Charms) is a fantasy story set in the mystical land of Dragor, where dragons in all different sizes and colours live their lives away from the humans. Each dragon comes from a specific clan and each clan is specialized in certain things. One clan might be really athletic and physically strong, while the others are creative or wise. When Yoshiko is born, the shells of the egg he hatches from are multicoloured – something unnatural for dragons. Though Yoshiko is allowed to live, the information about his special birth are hidden from him and once Yoshiko himself starts changing to every colour in the rainbow, it is evident that a grand adventure awaits him.
As I’ve stated before, I was given a digital copy of this book to review by the author, who I would once again like to thank for the opportunity. I stated a while ago that I really want to read a lot more fantasy books and especially things related to dragons, because quite frankly, you can never have enough of those. Thus when I was approached about reading and reviewing this book, I was more than happy to do so.
I did enjoy this book – right from the beginning I kind of imagined Yoshiko as Spyro from the Spyro videogames series, even though he was absolutely not described to be purple and adorable! The dragons in The Gift of Charms all talk, eat and study, which I guess contributed to the idea of me picturing everyone as a different coloured Spyro. It took me a few handful of pages to get used to the idea that dragons went to school with their own little ‘book bags’ if you will, but I soon got over it.
Yoshiko as a main character was just fine to me, he started off as a cute little chubby dragon who loved food (a lot) and then changed once he fully started to realize that something big was in store for him. I even made a status update about it, but at one point I felt like I needed to play Mulan’s I’ll Make A Man Out of You for him because he went through an entire training cycle that was basically designed to make him a little superhero. I thought the general idea of the story was very nice, the mix between the dragon world and the human world (and with it, its elements)
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I had previously stated in my review that I took some stars off the final rating because the book was too fast paced for me and that I would’ve preferred the book to be the start of a series. After posting my review, I was contacted by the author who actually pointed out (and rightfully so) that that is exactly the case! I somehow completely overlooked this and I apologize profusely for this mistake, that was not my intention at all.
With this new knowledge, I actually decided to up the rating to 4 stars out of 5 because since this is the start of a series, this book serves as a great step stool for the rest of the world and its characters to be revealed and further fleshed out. Knowing that there are going to be more books in the series actually makes me quite excited because that is exactly what I was hoping for and wanted while reading.
Again, I apologize for the giant error in my review. I definitely recommend this book to people who want to get lost in a whole new world of magic and dragons and I really can’t wait to see where all of this goes. In the end it’s 4 out of 5 stars for The Land of Dragor (the Gift of Charms) in which all colours of the rainbow play a part in the destiny of a young dragon and the fate of his fellow race.