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Draykon (Draykon #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,173 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
When shy and retiring Llandry Sanfaer discovers a mesmerising new gemstone, she suddenly becomes the most famous jeweller across the Seven Realms. Demand for the coveted stone escalates fast; when people begin dying for it, Llandry finds that she herself has become a target.

Lady Evastany Glostrum has her life in pristine order. Prestigious, powerful and wealthy, she is on
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 289 pages
Published August 31st 2011
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Sep 04, 2011 Lissa added it
Recommends it for: Palice, people who love great fantasy.

Okay for the record Charlotte and I are friends. And even though this is a massive fangirl review I am actually being really honest about everything. I can’t help it if it’s just that good. It’s not my fault. It’s Charlotte’s. Blame her. Go on.

For a long time reading this, my mind was nothing but incomprehensible fangirling. And that’s weird, because I consider Charlotte a friend, and not someone to whom I can bestow the whole ‘mentor-fangirl’ relationship on. Normally those kinds of relationshi
This is one of those books that I've had on my Kindle for probably years, but hadn't gotten around to reading until I started using it more relatively recently. Since I remember nothing of why I bought it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was, indeed, one of the good ones - not one of the junky freebies I picked up in late-night Amazon browsing, but a well-written and constructed story, with interesting worldbuilding and characterization.

However: three stars. Just to get this out of
Elizabeth Baxter
Mar 13, 2012 Elizabeth Baxter rated it really liked it
This book illustrates the beauty of indie publishing. It’s as good as any book you would pick up from one of the big six, and if not for indie publishing, it might never have hit the shelves. That would have been a loss to any fantasy reader. Draykon is well written, well edited, and a gripping story. I’m used to reading epic fantasy with big battles and fights between good and evil. Draykon is very different, more like a murder mystery in a fantasy setting. The world English portrays, with its ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Ron rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, maps, young, ebook
Very lightweight. Think Barbie video plot depth.

Usually if a book doesn't grab me in the first hundred pages I give up. This one didn't, but I persisted. I shouldn't have. It got better, but not much better. The heroine was stupid. If natural selection operated in her universe Llandry would be dead. In fact, if the cast of this book is indicative the entire population would be extinct.

Example: Llandry wants to go along on the mission to sneak the last istore stone, which may hold the key to grea
Sep 08, 2011 Ali rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous! I am really struggling to put this book down and considering that I am self employed, that is a really big problem. I knew I should have saved this book to read while I am on holiday! I started reading it last night, intending to just read the first couple of chapters, and finally switched it off at nearly midnight, at page 73. I just love the story so far - a cross between faery tale and murder mystery, set in an entirely new world (and trust me, I have read enough differen ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
The deeper I dive into self-published Fantasy books, the more I find to love. Draykon is no exception to this! Charlotte E. English has successfully managed to mesh a sweeping fantasy world together with vibrant characters, and a very compelling mystery. As a reader I was treated to a story that immersed me so wholly, that I couldn't put it down! Once you're in, there is no coming back.

Draykon tells the story of two very different characters, in alternating chapters. Overprotected by her parents
Sadie Forsythe
Oct 24, 2012 Sadie Forsythe rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable
I love the cover of Draykon and was really looking forward to reading it. I have to be honest though, I gave a little groan in the beginning. The first page or so did nothing for me. The language was very flowery. A number of fictional plants were mentioned with little indication of what they were and the word 'with' was used six times in the first paragraph. I was worried. I needn't have been. It settled down very quickly, becoming quite enjoyable.

The story is split between two main characters
Feb 06, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
This book is full of surprises! Llandry, a young jeweler with a severe social anxiety disorder has stumbled upon a very rare and unusual stone. After a very successful trip to the darklands market, Llandry finds her jewelry in very high demand. So high, in fact that the harassing letters and reporters become the very least of her concerns. Suddenly, Llandry's customers are dying, and their jewelry is missing! This science fiction mystery took a few chapters to really capture me, but once it did ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it
This was a great book. I can't wait to read the next in the series. I can't say a lot about the plot without giving things away but let me say this: I did not see that coming. It was well written and fun to read. The only thing that might bother some, but didn't bother me, was that the point of view would switch from Llandry in one chapter, then Eva the next, then back to Llandry in the following chapter. I think the author did a good job with this, as the action would pause as you switched char ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Férial rated it liked it
3++ stars.

When Llandry finds gems (or what she thinks of as gems) in a cave, she doesn't know that she has started a chain of terrible and mysterious events.

Nice. I didn't expect that. I'm pleasantly surprised...even if Llandry was annoying most of the time. I wonder how she will fare in the second book and if her character will have improved (which I think it will seeing how, I won't spoil).

I certainly want to know what will happen next.

Feb 09, 2016 LaikyReads rated it really liked it
I don't know what I was expecting when I picked this up, but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did! The writing style was particularly exquisite.
Home. Love. Books.
Nov 04, 2011 Home. Love. Books. rated it it was amazing
If I had to pick two of my favorite genres they would be fantasy and mystery. This book is the delightful integration of both. The story follow several characters, but primarily Llandry and Eva. Llandry is a jewelry maker by trade and stumbles upon a new stone which she calls istore (if I remember correctly it means star, but I could be wrong). This new gem makes Llandry's jewelry highly sought after, especially after Eva is seen wearing a ring made with the gem. Eva is a woman of high society, ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Ritesh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of both fantasy and mystery. This one starts as a mystery and turns into an all out fantasy!
Shelves: reviewed, mystery, fantasy
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Draykon is a story which revolves around a girl named Llandry. She is portrayed as being extremely socially awkward to the extent that she starts having panic attacks when she is among anything resembling a gathering. Llandry is a jewellery maker and is relatively unknown until she stumbles across a new stone which she calls Istore. This stone makes here instantly famous as the stone captures the imagination of the world and becomes the most sought aft
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Todd Fonseca
Feb 14, 2012 Todd Fonseca rated it really liked it
Draykon - A Great Start to the Series

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Charlotte E. English
Format: Kindle

While exploring near her home in Glinnery, young Llandry Sanfaer comes across a hidden cave whose walls are filled with a beautiful gemstone. An amateur jewelry, she mines the gems subsequently fashioning them into rings, necklaces, and other items to sell at the local market. To her great surprise they become the desire of the seven realms selling out quickly. But soon those wearing these precious stone
Feb 01, 2012 J K rated it really liked it

Draykon by Charlotte E. English
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Llandry Sanfaer, a painfully shy young jewellery maker, discovers a cave full of irresistible precious stones she thinks she’s onto a winner. But there’s always a catch, and in Llandry’s case the beautiful gems cause her problems of beastly proportions. Customers are soon being murdered for Llandry’s creations, and the layers of her safe little world start to crumble. This strife soon draws in elegant, fiercely independent noblewoman, La
K.M. Johnson-Weider
Feb 11, 2012 K.M. Johnson-Weider rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, which entertained me daily on my commute. There are two main characters with primary points of view. Llandry Sanfaer is a young, socially anxious jeweler with overprotective parents, while Lady Eva Glostrum is a mature and highly competent summoner. Both characters rang true and the author did an excellent job with each character's inner thought processes. Both had their own engaging and interrelated plots. There were interesting secondary characters for both sto ...more
Kelley Ceccato
Apr 10, 2013 Kelley Ceccato rated it really liked it
Imagine a story in which a "Betty" and a "Veronica" type were BOTH protagonists worth rooting for.

This is that story.

When we get two very different but admirable-in-their-own-way heroines, one a petite, plucky ingenue and the other a stately, glamorous playgirl, each caught in a situation that puts her out of her depth and each trying valiantly to play to her own strengths, I'm already halfway there. Add some intriguing world-building, mystery, ominously powerful magical creatures, a dash of da
Oct 28, 2012 A.M. rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
2.5 stars, if I had a half star option.

Draykon is a multi universe fantasy (erring towards young adult) which follows two female protagonists: 20-something shy jewelry maker Llandry and 40-something High Summoner Eva.

The flowery, fairy tale inspired writing is initially offputting, as is Llandry's complete lack of back bone. I struggled to picture the many layered world(s) of this setting - an overwhelming number of fantastical flora and fauna names are mentioned, but few described in great dept
Tricia Kristufek
Mar 13, 2012 Tricia Kristufek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, recommended
'People should know, at least. They can make those choices for themselves.'

Llandry stumbles upon a cave with a curious stone in it. A glittering dark indigo gem, the "istore" is her favorite to work with. When she gets talked into taking her jewelery to the Darklands market, her pieces are a huge hit and become the talk of the Seven Realms. Among her admirers, Lady Eva, the High Summoner herself, is also drawn to the gem.

But when Eva's ring is stolen and her best friend is murdered for her own
Mar 31, 2014 Larajoline rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
WHat attrackted me to this book was the absolutely gorgeous cover and summary that sounded interesting. The book however, failed and disappointed - sadly so.

Firts of all the authour uses "rather" and "quite" so many times, I got sick of the words. There are enough synonyms and ways to avoid these words. However, compared to the problems with the story itself, this writing issue is only minor.

Even when I had read more than hundred pages of this book, I was still bored. There was nothing keeping m
Rachel Cotterill
This is a sweet fantasy novel with a pleasing mix of fantasy and adventure. For the most part, the book follows two characters: a young and anxious jeweller, Llandry, and a cynical High Summoner, Eva. When Llandry finds an unusual new gem - and Eva buys a piece of the resulting jewellery - they are both sucked into the mystery of where the stone has come from and why someone is prepared to kill for it. I love a good mystery, and I love a well-developed fantasy setting, and this book has both in ...more
Kevan Dinn
Aug 21, 2012 Kevan Dinn rated it really liked it
There is often a view voiced that self published books on promotion do not make good reading. Well, that is not the case with Draykon. I picked up a free copy, but will now purchase the next book of the series.

The language is good and flowing, and the story moves well. The world is nice and engaging. There isn't unnecessary violence either. The pace is good and the author strikes a good balance between intrigue and depiction. The world has remained in my head several days after reading it - alwa
Jeremy Gallen
Feb 12, 2015 Jeremy Gallen rated it really liked it
Good Fantasy

An enjoyable fantasy novel about a girl named Llandry who finds a rare mineral called istore and consequentially becomes a premiere jeweler, with some murders occurring revolving around the substance. Readers might be left wondering about the,s such as shortig and whurthag, but the novel is otherwise enjoyable.
Jan 15, 2012 Babs rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was unique and well written. I can also understand the characters well, and see their different thoughts. Normally books that change character view points make the characters seem rather flat, but this one was amazing. All in all, I would definitely recommend that you read it.
Barbara ★
This was a really interesting book. I loved the world-building especially the Upper and Lower Realms. Very unique. I liked that the characters had to work for things (figure them out for themselves) instead of everything being easy and given to them.

I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.
Gerald Mooers
Mar 25, 2015 Gerald Mooers rated it it was amazing
Great writing!

I had to read it a little at a time. I found it hard to put down when I had to. I found myself wishing I had more time so I didn't have to. I hope future books dwell on Draykon more. I would really enjoy that.
Farida Mestek
Feb 19, 2012 Farida Mestek rated it it was amazing
I loved this book very much. I was greatly impressed by the many-layered fantastic world created by the author as well as the many characters with distinct looks, abilities and personalities portrayed there. I would definitely recommend this book for those who love fantasy, magic and adventure.
Katy Hulme
Sep 06, 2011 Katy Hulme rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written, wonderful start to the series. This book is what self-publishing was designed for; the opportunity for talented, upcoming authors like Charlotte to prove their worth. A must read for fantasy lovers.
Mar 12, 2012 Cameron rated it did not like it

I couldn't even slog through this book. The characters aren't very interesting, and a lot of the time it sounds like one person talking to themselves. The writing is mediocre and the story just didn't grab me right away.
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Charlotte E. English is one of those people who began writing as a child and never managed to stop. She published her first novel, Draykon, in 2011, and two other books quickly followed, completing the Draykon Series. To date she has written and published eight fantasy novels and four novellas, and has a head full of far more ideas than she can ever hope to have time to write. ...more
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