This ARC review is ridiculously late. It took me forever to slug through this book, but I have to preface, it was not the stories fault, or the plot etc., it was the typography. This is a lesson to authors – your formatting matters. Why BERKLEY didn’t check their ARC output is beyond me. I understand it’s just the ARC – but you are trying to get reviews out of these and the LIGATURES were missing. For the none typography nerds out there – that’s the fi – when it converts to one glyph. See, in some fonts the fi combines and removes the dot on the i. Some fonts have this glyph, others do not. The master file used ligatures – when they converted it to an eARC the converted font didn’t have that glyph, which means EVERY fi in the book was missing. There are 3681 words that use an fi. It made this ARC almost impossible to read. I apologize for the long rant, but I feel obligated to read the book because I received and ARC, but found it impossible to enjoy the book since I was constantly being popped out of it.
The normal life that Maia expected comes crashing down around her though, as darkness comes to her world and she makes a choice that sets her on an adventure that might be deadly. In typical high fantasy, you have great epic worlds and myths, a reluctant heroine and landscapes that will blow you away. I thought Lockwood’s delve into the dragon aerie was creative, if not that original, but I did find it entertain. I liked Maia’s character, and the secondary characters he introduced. I thought the world building was phenomenal and the political conspiracy, while a bit dastardly (which is expected in high fantasy) was believable. I look forward to reading more from Todd Lockwood, and moving on in this EVENTIDE series.
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 Summer Dragon (The Evertide, #1) by Todd LockwoodSeries: Evertide #1
Published by DAW on May 3rd 2016
The debut novel from the acclaimed illustrator—a high fantasy adventure featuring dragons and deadly politics.
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. Political factions vie for control of the implied message, threatening her aspirations, her aerie, her entire way of life.
The bond between dragons and their riders is deep and life-long, and Maia’s desire for a dragon of her own to train, ride, fly, and love drives her to take a risk that puts her life at stake. She is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors, thralls of the enemy, and a faceless creature drawn from her fear. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she exposes a conspiracy, unearths an ancient civilization, and challenges her understanding of her world—and of herself.