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From the author of the Dragon’s Blade Trilogy and the narrator of the Witcher series comes the start of a new dragon-rider epic combining the best of Eragon and Pern with the hard magic of Brandon Sanderson and Will Wight.

Holt Cook was never meant to be a dragon rider. He has always served the Order Hall of the Crag dutifully, keeping their kitchen pots clean.

Until he discovers a dark secret: Dragons do not tolerate weakness among their kin, killing the young they deem flawed. Moved by pity, Holt defies the Order, rescues a doomed egg, and vows to protect the blind dragon within.

But the Scourge is rising. Undead hordes roam the land, spreading the blight and leaving destruction in their wake. The dragon riders are being slaughtered, and betrayal lurks in the shadows.

Holt has one chance to survive. He must cultivate the mysterious power of his dragon's magical core, a unique energy that may tip the balance in the battles to come and prove to the world that a servant is worthy after all.

©2020 Michael R. Miller (P)2020 Michael R. Miller

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Good story, voice reader was challenging

The story was good, creative. It has similarities to Pern and Eragon as stated but is its own story completely. The reader was challenging, and took some getting used to. Every sentence was read as if to have the greatest impact, though most of a book does not need such intonation. And every time he said the protagonist name in a sentence, Holt, he paused, which was thoroughly distracting.

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  • Jerry Pennington
  • 16-10-2020

Absolutely Fantastic!

This book has it all! Magic, Dragons, Friendship, Mentors, Power, Battle, Evil in various forms and did I mention Dragons! It is what I have been looking for since I finished Eragon so many years ago. This is a great story of a servant becoming more than society would allow, while finding friendship, love, and a challenge to become what he was told he would never be. I cannot wait until the next book in this series is out. If Michael R. Millers other series are anything like this, I will be buying them next.

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  • james
  • 12-10-2020

amazing

One of the better books I have ever read or listened to. I have read and listened to thousands of books and this is one of my new favorites.

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  • Gnome D. Plume
  • 10-10-2020

Dragons, zombies, and coming of age story

Old riff, done well and with new twists. Flavors of Anne McCaffrey, xanxia/ LitRPG without the game mechanics, and zombies. Comes off as YA because of clean language and no sex scenes— not a negative unless that is what you were looking for. Satisfying character development, and growing complexity after a simple start. Great reader for these characters. Will buy next book pre-sale :-)

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  • Small Mountain
  • 08-10-2020

Surprisingly Well-Developed and Accessible

LitRPG-style stories can feel like a bit of a grind sometimes (pun intended) due to corny-feeling rank and experience systems, but this story of Holt and Talia is well-rounded with the intriguing and exciting story and likable characters being prioritized well above LitRPG elements. The world feels rich and deep as well, with a larger challenge overlaying smaller obstacles that range from political intrigue to personal loss to courage in the face of disability to a straight-up terrifying local invasion. I will definitely listen to the next installment if/when it becomes available.

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  • Foxblade
  • 19-11-2020

amazing story

anyone who likes to read about dragons and there human companions will love this book. i never thought a book about dragon riders would pull me in more then the eragon series had but it did. they have an excellent narrator telling the story and it was a thrill to listen to it.

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  • Becca & Wade
  • 01-12-2020

Slow

Had a hard time getting into this book. Seemed very slow to go. Found myself feeling like I needed to motivate myself to keep listening or I’d never finish it.

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  • Ryan J Settles
  • 25-11-2020

Awesome 👌

I love stories with dragons in them, and this one is by far one of if not the best yet. The main character is not overly incompetent and grows a far amount throughout the book but not overly so, which makes this story more enjoyable and balanced.

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  • CP
  • 20-11-2020

Great Fantasy Coming of Age Story

This book is about the story of a 16 year old boy named Holt being quickly and unintentionally thrust into adulthood and finding some hard realities of living his dream. The medieval fantasy setting has many stereotypes that leads to some predicable behavior but this makes the story more relatable than repetitive. The minor characters are a good combination of likable and not that gives the story depth. The distinction of class, while sometimes heavy handed, lends to building the world quickly. Dragons and magic go hand in hand with each dragon's type, sub race of a sort, dictating the magic of the dragon and their partner. While this book does include some wuxia elements it is not overbearing and does not take away from the story. With the age of the main character there is a decent amount of angst and teenage behavior but this changes as the characters develope through the book in a realistic way. This story does avoid a lot of very common tropes that are becoming mainstream for fantasy - Holt may be progressing very well and him and his dragon may be unique but they do not appear with some world breaking abilities that make them unstoppable, they are not handed off to some random academy to deal with highschool drama in an unrealistic and over the top environment, and they certainly don't sit in a place of always winning and everyone lives happily ever after. The narrator for this book was well chosen. He does a fantastic job with all of the characters making each feel unique and realistic. Throughout the story he maintains a good pace, uses appropriate tones and inflections, and expresses emotions realistically to all situations. By itself this book would be worth reading, but the narrator has done a very good job of bringing all the characters to life. Overall this was a very enjoyable book. I am looking forward to the next release.

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  • Tami
  • 20-11-2020

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loved it and can't wait for the next one! hope it won't take too long

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  • Jennifer Kelly
  • 18-11-2020

A new take on dragon fantasy

This book is a must if you are into fantasy with dragons. An added bonus, the narrator was perfect for this title. I can't wait for the next one. As for the story, the dragons were not just an afterthought, they are integral to the story. Hopefully this will result in an amazing series like Pern.

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  • kian
  • 26-09-2020

YA story

This is a young adult coming of age story so most mature listeners might not like it. Excellent narration but Holt is young, too naive, curious, and submissive which makes it hard for me to engage with. Maybe book 2 will be better.

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  • TSM
  • 21-09-2020

Cultivation + Dragon Riders is a potent mix!

Everything I could ask for in a dragon rider epic with a magic system that makes it clear WHY dragons would bother partnering with a human rider. The story hits all the familiar beats but hits them well and hard and I found myself caring for the lead characters. I’m excited to see where this story and Holt and Ash’s magic will go next!

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  • KaloShade
  • 22-11-2020

Thrilling story from start to finish!

Loved every chapter. Recommended for people who love coming of age stories and Dragons. Narration was clean and easy to understand. Eagerly awaiting the sequel for this story.

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  • Mr. Aj Donnelly
  • 22-11-2020

a must have in your library

great story the author really paints a picture of the world the story takes place the narrator does an amazing job only bad thing in getting this book is waiting for the second book to carry on the story

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  • Stef
  • 18-11-2020

Can’t wait for book 2

Really enjoyed this book couldn’t wait for bedtime so I could listen to it although It made it harder to fall asleep as I wanted more story Highly recommend if you like Dragons, magic and a horde of monsters bent on killing everyone

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  • James
  • 17-11-2020

Great story

Loved listening to another brilliant Miller novel. The stage is set for an epic series, can’t wait for book 2.

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  • James Michael Worth
  • 15-11-2020

Cant wait for the next one!

What an incredible story, this book really takes you on a wonderful fantasy adventure I cannot wait for the Sequel. An excellent choice by the author to have Peter Kenny read it as well, all those characters have really been brought to life. Now to read Last Stand of the Stone Fist!

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  • Kristen André Hardang
  • 22-10-2020

Great story

good start on the Journey! really liked the faster pace and progression and had similarities to argon etc. not as well written and with as much depth as Eragon but from my expectations of this 5 stars

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  • Craig Rees
  • 22-10-2020

Great new series

Slow to begin but some good character building and the overall book was a pleasure to listen to plus narrator draws you in. Fans of Anthony Ryan or Mercedes lackey should like this new series

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  • Dave wilco
  • 03-10-2020

a great start

it was hard to put this book down and Found myself going to bed early to listen. I love the characters and the pace of the book. The narrator has been added to amongst my favorite and I look forward to book two.

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