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Tears of a Dragon (Five Kingdoms #1)

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S. Mortimer Bookin is curious. It's what makes him such a good scholar. He's curious about the world around him, about his dead parents, about what it might be like to meet another Contrary man like himself. Then roguish and Contrary Kai warrior Prince Allender shows up on his doorstep, and Mortimer is entranced. The catch? Allender comes with baggage: a host of Contrary y ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 27th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 1st 2011)
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Serena Yates
Jun 05, 2011 Serena Yates rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This is an interesting tale with a slight difference. It is not a gripping adventure story (which is what I sort of expected), but several quirks in the way it's told and the idea of what the story is about held my attention.

The main character, Mortimer, is somewhat incompetent, very hesitant, and has lead a very safe and protected life. His one saving grace is his curiosity, and this is what, in the end, convinces him to go with Allender's motley crew. I loved the way he stands up to the challe
Sala Bim
Jan 22, 2015 Sala Bim marked it as did-not-finish
DNF. There was a vaguely pederastic feel here that just didn't work for me. And stuff like "Manly Gay" spelled backwards? "Ylnam the Yag"? Really?? Come on. Unimaginative. I liked Mortimer's character arch at first but I couldn't really get into Allender (nor the aspects of his sexuality, past or present...he pretty much slept with everybody in the book). It felt like this was originally written as erotica and then someone hastily went back and took out the sex scenes, but neglected to revise al ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Feliz rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, fantasy, jw, dragons
This story in the style of a high-fantasy novel mixed elements in an interesting way. While the lore was mostly Western, the martial arts scenes and the philosophy of the Kai warriors showed strong Asian leanings. The opening scene appears as if it was an homage to Tolkien with Allender’s party arriving in dribs and drabs at Mortimer’s house and Mortimer scuttling to and fro to serve them and being ordered about for his efforts.
Overall, the worldbuilding was inherently consistent. The writing wa
While I liked the premise, and the basis of the story was interesting, I found the writing style a bit too much like "The Lord of the Rings": dry, telling rather than showing, and even though the action's interesting, the story just couldn't hold my attention.

Having said that, I did like the twist at the end.

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“Tears of a Dragon” is a Fantasy that follows S. Mortimer Bookin, a previously untested scholar on an adventure away from the familiar and known. Starting with a double-han
Cole Riann
I ended this book regarding it with love and hate. I enjoyed a lot of the little details of the worldbuilding, but the characters just baffled me so often. They did such strange things all in the name of the "greater good" which just caused no end of immediate problems, sort of like "suck it up and deal with it", but just really made me not like the principle characters very much. On top of that, I often though the things they said to each other were kinda mean and mean-spirited. Also no matter ...more
Pat Childs
Jan 17, 2014 Pat Childs rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book a great deal from beginning to end. It is an epic fantasy with action, adventure, M/M romance and beautiful writing. There are some sexual situations, but no explicit sex, so I'd give it about a PG-13 rating - perfect for both teen and adult readers. Overall, just a great read, and I can't wait to dive into the next of the Five Kingdoms books: "King of Storms". King of Storms (Five Kingdoms, #2) by Sulayman X
Nov 25, 2012 ObsidianCub rated it really liked it
I ended up really liking this book despite the overly formal and difficult to connect with style of writing and talking. I would have liked more of the boys interactions and a bit more bonding of the group but I loved the underlying message with the Dragons and the though of a band of Contrary brothers. Now I would like a story about someone who joins once the palace is up and running a bit and get to know about the training and have someone fall in love a bit more rather than it being a bit by ...more
Kristy Maitz
Sep 18, 2011 Kristy Maitz rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointments
OMG was that book boring. From the start till the end I haven't found even one character to be interesting. Story is a fantasy and plot is written like you are reading encyclopedic. Nobody would miss much if he or she wouldn't read that book.
Fadia Pierre
Sep 19, 2011 Fadia Pierre rated it really liked it
It seems lately Ive been reading a lot of YA books. Really enjoyed this book with zen mentalilty. The end was sort of a dissapointment with the 360 that the prince did . But, I guess if you were reading you must accept reality.
May 30, 2011 Cotilla rated it liked it
I didn't like Mortimer much. He is rather useless as a scholar. Also, the author repeats himself endlessly and needlessly; usually like: sentence A -> sentence B -> sentence A.

Other than that, the book was fine.
3.5 stars. The beginning was kinda slow, but the world building was well done. Once I got into the flow of the story, I found it interesting. This was a rather philosophical type of fantasy.
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Sulayman X is an American who converted to Islam in the early 1990s. He lives overseas for almost two decades and currently works as the editor for a small newspaper in Mississippi. His work frequently deals with the intersection between religion and sexuality. His first book, Bilal's Bread, is a Lambda Award nominee.

Published by DreamSpinner Press, his young adult books "Tears of a Dragon" and "K
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