Review: Dragon Mage (#1 Rivenworld) by ML Spencer

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

50/50 – 2021 Goodreads Challenge

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📖/🎧 with kindle whispersync.

A classic coming of age epic fantasy tale with dragons, dragon riders, mages and creepy void creatures! It’s such a good story that gives several classic tropes and pulls no punches from the very start with great and lovable characters and a superb narration by Ben Farrow. It’s no wonder this has gotten so much love from the blogging community and is an SPFBO-7 semi-finalist.

“We can’t let our weaknesses limit our potential. We want to be defined by our strengths, not our shortcomings.”

This book is a CHONKER at 800+ pages and 27 hours long on audio, but it is worth the time put in! ML Spencer did a wonderful job creating this world and the characters within it that you just absolutely loved to watch grow. I really like that Aram is not a typical protagonist, in that he is on the spectrum. It is not often you get that type of inclusion, and not only that but done in such a fantastic way that you don’t really realize it unless you are paying attention to all the signs. I have a cousin on the spectrum and when he gets old enough to read… or listen to the audio I’m going to make sure he gets to see a hero just like him.

“Because once a rope is unlaid, it can’t ever be strong again. I think one strong rope would do the world more good than a few weak ones.”

This was an emotional read from start to finish and tugged on my heart strings several times. If you haven’t decided you want to read this book by now, maybe I should mention that there are freaking DRAGONS and DRAGON RIDERS and very long final battle that is close to two hours! Did I mention DRAGONS?!?! You should really read or listen to this book!

Below are a few pictures from the ebook

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for me though. The overuse of “suddenly” was a bit much for me, especially the use of it in the last 2 hours. It’s a word that I’ve grown to dislike very much because of its usage in LotR. The only other thing I have a real question about is the dragon on the cover and the dragon that Aram rides. Based on the description, they are not the same which is a bit confusing and I don’t know why they would be different.

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