I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power
Release date: July 19th, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Length: 336 pages
When a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation…and his revenge.
He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.
Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.
Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won’t be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.
NOTE: I wrote this review ages ago when I first started the blog, so in January or February. It was one of the first books I received on NetGalley. That seems like ages and ages ago! 😮
I guess I have recently developed a thing for dragons? I jumped into this book right after finishing Henchgirl by Rita Straddling. While Henchgirl was non-stop action, The Dragon Round was a slow burner that took some time to get going. It opens with Jeryon, the rule abiding captain of the Comber, being abandoned at sea by his mutinous crew following a disastrous dragon attack. He is fortunate enough to survive the perilous journey and is washed up on island where he witnesses the hatching of a baby dragon. And this is where things really begin.
While slow at the start, the plot really got moving at around the mid-way point on. What really stood out for me was that the plot was not driven by any type of romance. Love triangles were nowhere to be seen (thank goodness)! The book featured two lead characters (Jeryon and his apothecary Everlyn) interacting together as partners and working toward a common goal. The downfall? The characters never really go anywhere. The remain as they were at the beginning of the book. No development whatsoever. However, I did like Everlyn as she was, a strong female who could take care of herself. She definitely gave Jeryon a run for his money. The characters don’t really develop because a lot of time is spent introducing secondary characters to help drive the plot along. I often found myself going back and forth between pages to refresh my memory or to keep them all straight.
The Dragon Round has some faults, but these shouldn’t take away from the fact that the novel did have a lot of promise. The idea was interesting and it wasn’t badly written. Once past the slow start things do start to pick up and become exciting. The conversations between characters flowed and weren’t awkward at all. Its main fault came down to the fact that not enough attention was given to developing the main characters. So overall, the book was a decent read that would be enjoyed by people who like fantasy and adventure.