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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Marisol Bean Dragon Queen by Elisabeth & Ian Arbuckle

Marisol Bean Dragon Queen by Elisabeth & Ian Arbuckle
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Aloe

Whenever a princess of Dissany turns seventeen, she is sent away from her home to foster with one of the other races in the land. This is called the Tine, and the humans have been paying it for centuries.

On her seventeenth birthday, Marisol Bean is scheduled to go to the stone people of the North, who are every bit as dull as the chunks of granite they resemble. Thirsting for adventure, Marisol switches places with her twin sister, Meredith, who is heading off to live with the great dragons of the South.

Much more than adventure awaits Marisol in the land of the dragons. Forced to serve the brash king of dragons as a maid, she witnesses a plot to assassinate her master. He avoids death, but an enemy magician manages to wound him turning him into a human. Now, with her humbled king in tow, Marisol must pursue the would-be killers across the continent. When they finally catch up to their quarry, the things that Marisol learns about the plot, her king, and herself will change her world forever.

Don’t you think it’d be more exciting to live with dragons than live with stone people? Marisol did. But she didn’t know just how exciting it was going to get…

Marisol and her twin, Meredith, were being trained for their new lives. They would leave their parents and family and the castle they grew up in and go to live with one of the other races of the land. Who they lived with was chosen by their birth order, but the twins decided to switch. Marisol wanted more excitement and challenges, and Meredith was happy to have a quiet life.

The main reason I chose to read this book was because it was about dragons. Dragons are generally magical, powerful beings that live for so many years they view life much differently than a human does. The dragons in this book did not disappoint me.

The author does a good job of expressing the emotions of the different characters and describing the different worlds they populate. Trust is a scarce commodity; all the races have reasons to be hesitant about interacting with each other.

There is no choice, though, when the dragon who “owns” Marisol has a spell put on him that makes him human. He’s the future king, and he has to have his own form to do that.

You meet the other races, see how much trickery there is in all their worlds, and watch how they weave their way through treacherous lands to finally locate the sorcerer who changed the dragon’s form. The lands and heritage of each world is vividly described, and you can relate to Marisol’s problem in trying to calm down an enraged dragon. Even in human shape, he’s dangerous.

Underlying this story is the dragon’s legend about how they will get their fire back. As this segment of the story ends, you can tell that there will be a sequel to this book continuing the story. I’m looking forward to reading that one also. Marisol and her dragon friend still have several challenges to conquer.

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