Book Review of ‘Dragonborn (Between Gods and Mortals Book 1) by Whitney Rines

Spoiler Alert- This review does contain some information about plot and characters)

Dragonborn is a complex and compelling fantasy fiction that runs more along the lines of ancient Greek mythology than a light-hearted fairy tale.

If you are looking for a story that will pull no punches and deliver you into another dimension of existence, you will enjoy this book.

It opens with a trial as such being held for certain Amaranthine (Immortals), who, in their lust for god-like power and outright greed have wreaked terrible havoc on this world, causing untold suffering of humankind and loss of life.

These immortal beings were evil personified and now it’s judgement day. When the proverbial dust settles, (actually it’s more like an earthquake) the story continues with two of the worst immortals- Fayet, and his twin sister Lizia.

Fayet Lizia are sentenced for what may be an eternity to provide service to mankind. Karma at its best. They soon discover the old adage is true – ”Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.” As is so often the case in real life, things do not go as planned and evil lurks, awaiting the chance to conquer and destroy.

When Fayet falls in love with a mortal, everything is upturned once more, which becomes the foundation for the rest of the book.

This is not a light fantasy. It reminded me of reading classic Greek literature as a high school student many years ago. I loved studying mythology and the mysterious so this book was a great read for me. This is a story to be read more than once for a deeper understanding.

It took me a while to feel emotionally vested in the characters, (After all, one had been a wicked being performing heinous acts of destruction) but that changed in a flash when their children were born. The complexity of what was happening beneath the scenes was revealed.

The plot unfolds in layers and like a any good story, it takes a while to figure out what is really going on.

I see no reason not to give this book five stars. It is very well edited. The characters and plot are like multifaceted diamonds.

I noticed some other reviewers didn’t like the number of characters introduced whose lives/ personalities were not explored in this book. To me this is essential when writing a series.

Characters not fully developed in this book may be ones who charge to the forefront in book two or three.

At that time, instead of the reader being completely unfamiliar with them, there is already a connection.

The first book in a series, Dragonborn ultimately ends on a cliff-hanger and left this reader saying, “Wait, what? That’s it? When is the next book coming out? I have to know what happens!”

Cliffhanger endings are essential to series. You want the reader waiting to buy and read the next book.

I have no hesitation in recommending Dragonborn. It’s a great read.

(I was given a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.)

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