Heart of a Dragon by David Niall Wilson (Narrated by Corey Snow)

Captured Me From The Very Beginning

5 out of 5 stars

On of the first things I noticed about Heart of a Dragon was its length.  I’m a fan of fantasy but I’m not a fan of the epic 600-800 page epic fantasy novels though I honestly haven’t given one try in a long time.  But, reading the description of Wilson’s work had me skeptical that he was going to be able to pull off the things written in the synopsis. Well, I love to be proven wrong because boy was I. Wilson packed everything he wrote about and, a lot more into this novel.  He was able to write detailed descriptions of people, places, and things without going overboard.  His writing specifically around the mage was top notch – making me feel like I knew him as a person and not just a character in a book.

Having not known anything about Wilson, DeChance, or really anything related to this story other than reading the synopsis – I thought that it was written in such a way that makes it a stand-alone novel.  I don’t know if that was his plan – but being a complete newbie to this series and author – I felt like I was at an understanding with Wilson almost immediately. That’s not easy to do, especially in the fantasy genre, so kudos!

The overall vibe of this book is reminiscent of some of the books I’ve read by C.T. Phipps (but I think this was written before those stories were).  Not in the completely over the top and funny ways, but this book, even in the first few minutes had me laughing.  Wilson’s descriptors had me smiling throughout and the character building and overall fantasy world-building was also top notch.

This is the first (and hopefully not the last) novel by Wilson that I’ve read.  I honestly liked everything about this book – I can’t really find anything to complain about so I’m not going to dig. It was action-packed and a definite page-turner.

Corey Snow’s narration was also top notch. I had absolutely no issues and thought that he allowed the story to fly off of the pages and into my ears.  He gave each character a fair shake without being overly-dramatic.

Book Description:

Heart of a Dragon by David Niall Wilson (Narrated by Corey Snow) four-stars
Heart of a Dragon by David Niall Wilson
Narrator: Corey Snow
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Series: DeChance Chronicles #1
Published by Crossroad Press on May 11th 2011
Genres: Fantasy
Format: Audiobook

When Anya Cabrera, a Voodoo Houngan in San Valencez California’s Barrio, tampers with the ceremony that draws the Loa to possess the faithful, Donovan DeChance, book collector, mage, and private investigator is contacted immediately. Donovan helps to maintain the balance of supernatural forces in the city – and that balance is in serious danger.

The Dragons, a local motorcycle gang, live under a shaky truce with a neighboring Hispanic gang, Los Escorpiones, who are now aligned with Anya. The two groups face off in a battle that becomes more than the Dragons expected. Los Escorpiones are faster than they should be, and stronger. When they are stabbed, or shot – they get back up and keep on fighting.

Old Martinez, a local sorcerer and medicine man who has helped maintain peace in the Barrio for longer than anyone else can remember stands with The Dragons. A young man he has been slowly mentoring, Salvatore Domingo Sanchez, joins him. Salvatore, is an artist, and he dreams of dragons. When Salvatore begins to paint the dragons from his dreams on the leather jackets of the Dragons of the Barrio, the balance begins to shift.

Can Donovan, his lover and partner Amethyst, Martinez and Salvatore find a way to stop Anya Cabrera from unleashing a demon army on San Valencez – or will their efforts release an even greater danger into the city? Heart of a Dragon is the story of an artist, ancient evil, dragons, voodoo and men. It is a story of courage, brotherhood, and other worlds. It is the first sequential novel of The DeChance Chronicles…watch for further volumes in the near future.

four-stars

Brian

I’ve loved reading since I was little when my dad would read me Dr. Suess books. Fast-forward a little and I noticed that he was always reading on his lunch breaks at work, and I wondered why.Then, I found a book that took me to another place and time, to another feeling,another sense of “being”.It was the first book that I ever fell in love with, and I’ve been chasing that feeling ever since.
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