Most Pleasing

Reading a fantasy can be compared to tasting wine. Once you begin to soak it in through your senses; the look, the smell, the texture, the taste, and even the sound, as it rumbles in the back of your throat, a synergy of pleasure, revulsion, or meh will soon establish itself in your mind, and from there it will be most difficult for the review of anyone else to ever sway you from the opinion you settle upon. The senses and prejudices of readers can be quite diverse, so just as there is no single wine that will please everyone under all conditions, I believe the same is true with fantasy literature.

However, when you find it; that most pleasing fantasy, which tickles your mind with spectacular scents, sights, and stimulates your imagination, bonding you with one or more of the characters as they go about their task of creating or preventing change to the “normal” world, where you find the story. If you tense at the verbs, sigh or cry at the modifiers, and smile at the nouns, you’ll know you have a keeper, and one that you will not only read again, but will also long to read the sequel. Which is exactly what I found in this most pleasing debut novel from C.D. Sutherland.

I compare THE DRAGONEERS to a high-end merlot, suitable as an adult novel, softened by filtering out all profanity and literary pornography, but without reducing the texture of tension which comes via action, including flying combat, martial arts, mysterious technologies (which have replaced the typical outlandish “magic” one finds in most fantasy books), and the hints of spiritual activity against the backdrop of what appears to be a plausible antediluvian world, is most fitting for introducing new readers to fantasy along with satisfying the experience connoisseur of the works of much better known authors: Tolkien, Lewis, Hubbard, and Peretti.

Some may see it strange, but I couldn’t help but to connect with a lesser, supporting character, Commander Belewe, who I think was smarter and more courageous than he was given credit for by the most corrupt people he unfortunately has to serve, I fear he will not escape the political scales which are tipped against him.

Read it yourself and see what you think. If you don’t make the same connection as I did, fine, go ahead and follow the girl, Susah, who is the primary focus of the story anyway, as she’s sure to come out on top, if you do that, then you might see THE DRAGONEERS more as pinot noir, which by the way goes well with chicken.

Bottoms up.

~ Amazon Customer Review

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