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The 19 Dragons

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  708 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons.

That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known.

The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings
Nook, 80 pages
Published July 8th 2011 by SM Reine (first published July 6th 2011)
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A Book Vacation
Jun 24, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reine has created a wonderful Steampunk novella that will keep readers glued to the pages throughout the suspense and mystery. Although somewhat confusing in the beginning, as Reine jumps directly into the story, the important characters and relationships within the novel are quickly identified as the Device is stolen and the Dragons must race against time to find the person behind the theft. If they should fail, they will all die, taking the human world with them. This was an intriguing concept ...more
You know those movies where it starts off with someone telling a child a fable and as they go, the fable grows into its own life and takes off?

That was this book. The style of writing had a comfortable "telling a fable" element to it that sucked me in with intrigue and the more I got into the story, the more the fable feeling fell away and I felt the life of the dragons blossom.

I admit, I initially grabbed it because I fell in insta-love with the cover, which hasn't been the best practice for m
Jun 06, 2012 Carl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
S.M. Reine's “The 19 Dragons” is (I am told) a steampunk fantasy with an unusual and very creative plot. Here, the Dragons are the gods of this world - they are the pillars of the world and actually hold up the very land and seas by their existence, and they are being killed. “The 19 Dragons” is an unusual and highly creative novella, and I confess to struggling with a 3 or a 4. Regardless, for its artistic merit, I do recommend reading the book.

Reine leads us immediately into the story; the im
Feb 07, 2012 Opal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, novella
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Sep 18, 2012 Nereid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s-m-reine
Now I have to point out having read the author's other books I found this style of writing to be very different. Not familiar with steampunk as it were, I really enjoyed this novella and how it was written. Dragons are a favourite of mine, this story was about 19 dragons whose lives were linked to 19 pillars that held up 19 provinces and they lived as mortals but could be reborn when they died. A device was stolen from the First Dragon, killing him which caused a domino effect rendering all the ...more
Apr 28, 2011 Katja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The 19 Dragons took me by surprise. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to read it, since SM Reine announced she was writing it – still I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it. I thought it to be some adventure kind of steampunk novella, where some hero or heroine would solve who’s killing the Dragons. I was wrong, but I’m not sad about that.

I guess you could say it’s still adventure, but the story is built from the viewpoints o
Jun 27, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 19 Dragons is a steampunk novella. It is about 19 dragons whose lives are linked to 19 pillars that hold up the 19 provinces of the land. I really enjoyed reading The 19 Dragons as it was very original and thoroughly entertaining.
There was a very unique prose to The 19 Dragon which I really enjoyed. The writing has a sort of poetic element to it that makes it a really different and enjoyable read. The writing style gave the whole story a feeling of reading an old fairy tale sort of story.
Jun 27, 2011 Romonina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My Thoughts

Some of you may have know that i tried getting into the SteamPunk Genre but never really found much interest in it. Well, this book makes me want to continue on reading into this genre.

I love the idea that the dragons are Gods. That these people once worshiped them, & through carnivals to celebrate the fact that these 19 dragons watched over them. It was very different. It was action packed & very fast passed. At some points in the book i was on the edge of my seat waiting to
Morgan McCoy
Apr 27, 2011 Morgan McCoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Pre-release review.]

Many bibliophiles find novels on ereaders to be cold and distant. I could give lots of examples regarding my positive experiences, and reading SM Reine's The 19 Dragons is one of them.

I'm a big fan of genre hybrids, so it wasn't much of a surprise that I enjoyed the blending of steampunk and fantasy elements, particularly because the visuals were so striking. (Dragons, in particular, are a long-time favorite of mine.) And while I admit I'm still in the novelty stage in terms
L. Hesler
Aug 12, 2011 L. Hesler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.M. Reine's "The 19 Dragons" is something else.

And I don't mean, "Whoa, man, that story sure was somethin' else."

I mean, it truly is something different. The reader jumps into this novella expecting steampunk elements, which are certainly present. Yet, mingled into this story is a fantasy angle that will capture the imagination of anyone who loves the work of Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, or Alan Moore. The narrative is surprising, paced well and offers some truly intriguing images of a world s
Vera Maslow
I was considering giving this a higher rating since I think the author's writing is good and a decent peak at what the author is capable of. The content was interesting. It just jumps right into the story and then jumps around. Sometimes to the point of confusion and not knowing where in the timeline the particular section falls. It follows along with the 19 dragons and what they are, who they are and the mystery of who is killing dragons.

I feel if this were expanded into a series it would make
Jun 03, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, freebies
Another book that surprised me. When I got it on Amazon thanks to a friend's recommendation, I must admit that I didn't think I was going to find it a big deal. While The 19 Dragons didn't completely change my life, it gave me a fresh view of a short book with an interesting story. The author managed to put over 20 characters in a single book without lacking character development or leaving loose ends. Of course, given the depth of the story overall, it feels like it could have had at least 300 ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Devon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 19 Dragons was a short, surprising, but satisfying read. The story mixes steampunk science fiction with fantasy - blending the old and new ages of the world, where dragons walk in human form even as great mechanical constructions make war and destruction.

The story is told in third-person omniscient, the author taking the role of an all-seeing narrator. I actually really enjoyed the style, and felt it a compelling way to tell the story, to follow the characters through the narrative. The poin
Samuel Vega
This was a short read, but an interesting one. I'm not quite sure what exactly drew me to this book. I've never really read Steampunk (I believe I am going to change that, so please recommend your favorite Steampunk books :D), but Dragons are usually awesome so that might have been it.

Let me just start with this. I really love the whole idea of the 19 dragons and what they represent in the world. I don't really want to give away too much of the story in the review, but let me just say that the
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
The 19 Dragons is a short novel that tells a single story spread out over 19 different characters. The Device has been stolen and with it the immortality of the Dragons. The Second Dragon leads the chase to find out who is systematically trying to destroy each dragon, and bring their world to a crumbling end.

I can’t say I was overly fond of the way this story was told, but it does make it feel rather unique and it does pass very quickly because of it. It’s like there is a hidden narrator telling
Stacy Sabala
Book Review- 19 Dragons by S.M. Reine

A thief steals the device from the first dragon. Without the device, the first dragon falls as does a pillar holding up part of the world. Many people die as that land falls away from the world.
The dragons have always existed. However they had to appear human to survive. They live in their human forms and are reborn into new ones when the time comes.
However one of the dragons wants to destroy his cousins and the world in the process. Each dragon that dies wit
S. Policar
Mar 07, 2016 S. Policar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 19 Dragons is my first delve into the Steampunk genre. From Dirigibles to airships, this book has every means of flying device imaginable for the genre. Including dragons parading around as humans. The 19 Dragons are the guardians of the provinces. They live and die as we do, but they always come back. That is until war breaks out and someone steals the device that holds their immortality from the First. What happens then is a chain of events where entire continents of the world disappear an ...more
Sherri Dub
I have been waiting for this novella to come out. I bought it first thing this morning, and read it straight through.
I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that I enjoyed the story, even though it was largely "told" and not shown through the author's writing skills. At times, it was a confusing march through introduction after introduction to new characters, without pause for reflection.
The entire novella is narrated by an omniceint storyteller, which I felt dilluted the necessary action scen
Jun 24, 2011 Ambur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, own-ebook
Before reading The 19 Dragons, I read another of S.M. Reine's books, Six Moon Summer, and I loved that one. I wasn't surprised when I read and loved The 19 Dragons, too.

I was surprised by how different the two books were, though. The author's voice, and the tone of the books were completely different, and I thought that was fabulous. It just shows how much versatility S.M. Reine has that she can write two completely different books and excel at both of them.

The 19 Dragons isn't a long story, and
Stories & Sweeties {Becky}
This was a fascinating short story, very entertaining. I don't read many short stories unless they are off-shoots of full books that I enjoyed, but I 'm really glad I gave this one a try. The authors writing style and the tense that the story was written in, was almost like standing on the sidewalk in the futuristic, elegant world it's set in, while someone stands beside you saying, "Look, there goes the First Dragon!" The story was exciting and fast paced and although you don't have a chance to ...more
Scott Kinkade
Aug 05, 2013 Scott Kinkade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot revolves around the titular 19 Dragons who inhabit Reine's gothic steampunk world. One day they decide to become human in order to live among the mortals who hate them. They live happily until they are betrayed by one of their own who steals the source of their immortality and starts hunting them for unknown reasons. After surviving an attempt on her suddenly mortal life, the 2nd Dragon takes it upon herself to track down the traitor. She is easily my favorite of the Dragons as she has ...more
Aug 20, 2013 Gerd rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
What struck me while reading the story was how similar it felt to Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus" in its use of present tense and switching back and forth between past and present events.
But unlike Erin's story "The 19 Dragons" becomes awfully hard to follow, and frankly, by the end I wasn't able to tell what it was all about.
There are three storylines that unfold and sort of meet by the end:
The earliest of which explains why the dragons chose to turn human,
the middle part that details how
Eoghann Irving
Jul 21, 2012 Eoghann Irving rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk, 5-star
This is a rather unique story/novella.

It's relatively short, which makes it an easy read and it plays with form quite a bit. There are chapter illustrations. Between chapter bits that I don't have a name for. And a few pages have only a sentence on them.

The method of telling the story is a little unusual to. We are conducted from character to character by an omniscient narrator who seems aware of past and present. And each chapter focuses on one of the 19 Dragons. It's a collection of scenes, ch
Rebecca A. Rogers
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this novella. I saw “dragons” in the title and thought, “Dragons? Heck yeah!” Plus, it was free on Amazon, and I’m a sucker for freebies.

Nineteen dragons—one for each province, with a pillar supporting each region. Should the corresponding dragon perish, the pillar crumbles, and the province falls with it. This was definitely an interesting concept. I enjoyed the world-building of this novella, although I wish it had been fleshed out a teensy bit more; however,
Tahlia Newland
Nov 05, 2011 Tahlia Newland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
I enjoyed this strange story set in a steampunk world. It’s quite different to anything I’ve read before and memorable because of it. Dragons have taken human form to avoid humans slaying them. They move from one vessel to another, immortal, until someone steals the staff with the ‘device’ on the top. Then the first Dragon dies and all the other dragons become mortal. I have no idea why, but in a story this length that didn’t really matter. Several more dragons in human form are murdered and eac ...more
Jul 02, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
19 Dragons takes us into the future in a steampunk kinda way. The Dragons have kept humans on an fairly even keel for milleniums’ but now something has gone wrong. Badly wrong.

Posing as humans and in some cases posing for so long that the Dragon side of their lives has been forgotten, the 19 Dragons are being murdered by one of their own. Why? That’s for you to find out but let me say that although this novella is not very long, there is a lot of information here for you to digest. The murderer
Nineteen provinces on earth are held up my nineteen pillars. These pillars stand aloft as long as their nineteen dragons manage to stay alive. But for years the humans have not taken too lightly to the dragons and have come to dispise them. Now someone has stolen 'the device' and the dragons have become mortal. Could this be the end for the dragons as well as the rest of mankind?

This book was okay, the layout was a bit strange but the style of writing was good. I only gave it 2 stars as I though
Apr 07, 2012 Star rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 19 Dragons is a great novella with rich landscapes and characters. Vastly different from the author's previous work, Six Moon Summer, The 19 Dragons is a steampunk story with very fantastical elements. The Dragons are the gods of this world - they hold up the very land and seas by their existence. But when the Dragons start dying off, the world is in great peril. The rich history of each of the Dragons is interwoven with the fast-paced action of the present times. SM Reine is a consummate st ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
I'm giving this one a 3.5. And I liked it, but it's one where I really wanted some more. Sometimes shorts are too short.

Each "chapter" is about one of the titled "19 Dragons" interspersed with tiny bits on calamitous happenings in the world.

The book blurb mentioned that there are blank pages on purpose - so keep clicking until you reach the 100% done on your eReader. Sometimes I had to click through more than one blank page. Luckily that was mostly at the end. If the whole story had been like th
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Jun 02, 2015 09:11AM  
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