Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Prophecy by Mark Boyd

Title:  The Propehcy
Series:  A Dragon`s Tale /1
Author:  Mark Boyd
Published:  December 13th 2012 by Createspace
Length:  496pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  fantasy
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Synopsis from Goodreads:

The prophecy, a foretelling of a great king born of dragon-human-elven blood that unites all of the races in a millennium of peace is an ancient story told to all dragon hatchlings from the Dragon Book of Lore. A foretelling born of old majic, through the centuries, became just another story to give the young hope. The old believed...the young cannot perceive how it could ever manifest; who would ever want to be other than pure blood dragon? The prophecy existed in story only, until Anaterri Strayarth, a blue dragon living in human form and the daughter of Stragor Strayarth - Head of the High Council of Dragons, saves the life of Prince Leandro Sargovia with a transfusion of her dragon blood. The unification of human-dragon blood sets in motion the beginning of the once dormant tale and a love that transcends time. Grand Magi Aloysius Alamaris, a black dragon hiding in human form, learns of the initiation of the prophecy and plots the ultimate destruction of all who seek to bring the prophecy to fruition. Anaterri and Leandro are now pitted against the ultimate evil, fighting not only for their own lives but also the lives of their children...and they must insure the prophecy is allowed to manifest...at all cost.

Find out more about this novel & The Dragon's Tale series at Mark Boyd's website.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This story flows forward with grace, in a manner that lulls you into the story. Boyd’s smooth writing draws you into the novel and his exciting storyline keeps you there. This author develops the world for this series in a complete yet entertaining manner. As a reader you get to know about the world as a whole, what it looks like, who lives there, and what’s going on. All the while you’re traveling along an adventurous route with the characters that you can’t help but love. One thing I would have liked to see, however, was a bit of change in the formatting. This author changes perspective from scene to scene & character to character. An extra line break or some physical marker between those changes would have made it slightly easier to follow and I wouldn’t have felt jolted out of the story by the change.

I was completely enthralled with Boyd’s interpretation of dragons. They were unique, yet stayed within the general confines of what a dragon ‘should be.’ I also loved the concept of ‘dragon space.’ It was quite unique and added an extra layer of depth to the story as a whole. The excerpts from ‘the prophecy’ itself really add to the fantasy aura of the story. I do have to say, however, that the rhyming made me giggle a little.

This is an exciting new voice in the world of fantasy. I would recommend Boyd’s first novel to anyone who enjoys the genre and expect great things from him in the future.

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And now, for the part you`ve all been waiting for!
Enter to win 1 of 3 signed copies of The Prophecy by Mark Boyd.

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada & the US only.
Entries close at 11:59pm EST June 17/14.
Winners will be announced June 18/14.
Winners will have 72hrs to claim their prizes.

7 comments:

  1. I think the mixing of blood will make the species even stronger, and the prophecy will be fulfilled.

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  2. Let us know what you think may happen in this wonderful fantasy world. I think that the mixing of blood along with the prophecy they will win the battle with their combined strength.

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  3. i think the prohphecy will be unfolded and that the dragons will become a most important ally

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  4. I love dragons. Will they save the day?

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  5. I think Anaterri and Leandro will have to defeat Aloysius (whether the defeat will be in wills or to the death I am unsure), and the prophecy will unfold. The dragons and humans will once again be strong forces together.
    It sounds like a great book, and I'm hoping I am lucky. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Sounds like a great story, would love to read it!

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  7. I also have problems at times when authors are not specific in scene and character changes. I love to be "drawn in" and "lulled" though.
    My forthcoming views often change during the course of the novel so I prefer not to venture.

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