Book One of Dragon Calling
Published 2013 by Starsea Press
Greetings Brave Adventurers,
If you know me, you’d know that I’m a sucker for a good dragon novel. And when I learned that this novel’s main protagonist was a dragon, I simply had to read it. I was not disappointed.
This is a delightful and enjoyable tale that follows the journey of an endearing little dragon who awakens to find all his memories gone, and all his kin missing. What follows is part mystery and part quest, and the writing and developed world was reminiscent of works like Narnia, and The Last Unicorn. Although classified MG, this is a tale that can be enjoyed by all ages.
In his search for his family, ‘Little Dragon’ meets a number of other mythical characters, which range from magical to comic to downright terrifying – satyrs, giants, centaurs, and a beautiful if somewhat flighty unicorn called Ubi.
There are many moments of brilliance in this novel, from the superb little epigraphs that commence each chapter to the language of magic that Eccles-Smith has created. It all gives a amazing sense of place and reality to the magical world.
The plot is full of action and life-and-death situations, and although it feels a little episodic towards the end, the characters are enjoyable enough to care about. The novel ends on a cliff-hanger, and I’m looking forward to the next instalment.
Watch out for N.R. Eccles-Smith. I expect big things from her, and a bright future as an upcoming Australian fantasy author.