Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: "The Gift of Charms" (Julia Suzuki)

I rarely foray into the genre of fantasy. I'm not as familiar with the standards of the genre, or reader expectations, or the works that are already out there (aside from iconic ones like Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings).

But I was pleased to pick up The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki for review.

The work is the first book in The Land of Dragor series, and follows Yoshiko, a unique young dragon from the unusual circumstances of his birth to his redemption as a truly gifted creature, far beyond any hopes that his kin had for him. His journey is not a safe or easy one, as he is forced by one circumstance after another to face obstacles and even break the commandments that keep the dragons safe.

Well-written and engaging, The Gift of Charms is a testament to the fantasy genre in its beautifully written and carefully developed fantastical world, peopled with unlikely creatures. That Suzuki took a great deal of time in planning the work is evident simply from the vast amount of information she imparts (seamlessly, not in a dry lecture format) about her particular ilk of dragons, their tendencies, lives, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses.

While the writing style and voice seem most conducive to a young adult audience, I won't hesitate to recommend the work to adults, as well, and even to preteens and kids, as it would make an excellent addition to the "bedtime story" bookshelf of the average child.

Indeed, anyone fascinated by other worlds, intriguing realms, and very different characters and creatures will doubtless be charmed by The Gift of Charms.

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Author: Julia Suzuki
Title: The Gift of Charms
Series: The Land of Dragor (#1)
ISBN: 978-1-78219-924-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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