Of Dreams And Dragons by Karpov Kinrade
Genre – Epic Fantasy
About the Book – Two Worlds, One Hero
“The land will burn. Mountains will bleed. An old magic awakens.
The day darkness descends into my life begins like any other.
Taking care of the kids I call my own. Fighting fires in my small town. How could I have known evil walked my streets and would soon rip apart my world?
But death comes for us all, and when a stranger with mysterious abilities shows up demanding payment for a promise I never made, I refuse. When he kidnaps my baby sister, I fight back.
And I discover the power of the dragons within me.
Now, I must leave everything behind and travel to a world of magic and wonder in order to train with a charismatic dragon lord, in the hopes that one day…
I can save my sister.
Or make her killer pay with blood.
But nothing in this world is what it appears. And my closest friends are keeping secrets from me.
Secrets that could tear the worlds apart.” – Publisher’s Blurb
The Review – Of Dreams and Dragons, Great By Any Measure
An emotionally charged thrill ride, Of Dreams and Dragons is a good read from start to finish. Karpov Kinrade (K.K.) has outdone themselves in this epic fantasy romp that takes the best pieces of some of our favorite books and then brings them together, while at the same time, make them something new. It is this comfortable familiarity along with brilliant descriptions and new ideas that make this story great. Sky is a strong character in a difficult situation whose whole world gets turned upside down. While we often grow tired of stories containing anything that looks like a ‘chosen one’, it manages to work in this story in a way that will make us rethink how tired and old that trope actually is.
It’s about more than the characters, but the world that was built. A beautiful, original, and dangerous fantasy world exists within the pages of this tome. While drawing on other great fantasies for sources of inspiration, everything we see has K.K.’s unique touch placed upon it, keeping it away from feeling too derivative. At the same time, a mirror is placed before society, especially in the beginning of the book, highlighting the social issues that so many of us face with silent resilience each and every day.
Dragons and More
Dragons are something of a fantasy staple, like going together like sandwiches and bread. As such, we are always in awe of the new and unique ways that they are presented. Of Dreams and Dragons, as you might guess, is built upon a vibrant mythos about dragons. While we won’t spoil anything, anyone who likes rich worlds with dynamic characters will find Of Dreams and Dragons to be a refreshing read.
Still, as much as it is a meticulously sculpted fantasy world, Of Dreams and Dragons is still a story about people and their struggles. We have always been drawn to strong female leads, and we get that from Sky. She is complicated, but her motives are understandable and pure. We love characters like this, and perhaps our biggest gripe is that this will likely be our only outing with Sky. That being said, the world they have built is so beautiful, we hope that K.K. doesn’t put it down for too long!
The Rating – Solid A
How could we give this book anything else? A fun ride from beginning to end, well-paced, and good enough to leave you craving more, Of Dreams and Dragons is one of the best books we have read this year. Sky is an endearing character, her feelings and plight are real to us. This book give us all an opportunity to escape to a beautiful and vivid world that any among us would love to visit. We hope to go again someday, even if is only for a time.
Do you want to read Of Dreams and Dragons? You can find it here.