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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...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 289 pages
Published August 31st 2011
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Lissa
Jan 18, 2012 Lissa added it
Recommends it for: Palice, people who love great fantasy.
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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...more
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
What initially attracted me to this book was its absolutely gorgeous cover, reasonably interesting-sounding description, and decent reviews. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, and I ended up spending maybe two months slogging through it.

I wasn't a huge fan of English's writing. It was a little too flowery for my tastes and featured a massive overuse of adverbs. I became very tired of the words “rather” and “quite.” It felt like one or the other of them was used on every single page.

I also bec...more
Elizabeth Baxter
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
Ali
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
Ron
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...more
Sadie Forsythe
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...more
Jessica
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...more
Danielle
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
Liz
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
A.M.
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...more
Todd Fonseca
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...more
K.M. Johnson-Weider
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
Ritesh
Dec 04, 2011 Ritesh rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of both fantasy and mystery. This one starts as a mystery and turns into an all out fantasy!
Shelves: mystery, fantasy, reviewed
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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...more
Tricia Kristufek
'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...more
Home. Love. Books.
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
Xan
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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...more
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
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...more
Denae
Some of the neat things about this book would be the vocabulary (not only strong in British English but with a healthy new set of made up words like Glinnery), the world setting (three worlds in different dimensions, and some of the Middle realms are eternally dark while others are eternally light), and the well-drawn characters (Llandry is very shy and stutters and often panics, and Eva is always cold and shivering).

At first I was annoyed the book was split between two main characters, but then...more
Larajoline
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...more
Eisah Eisah
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Babs
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.
Farida Mestek
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.
J.L. Dobias
Jan 12, 2014 J.L. Dobias rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SFF-Fantasy lovers
Shelves: book-shelf-10
Draykon: Book 1 (The Draykon Series) by Charlotte E. English

I really liked this novel. This is not my genre of choice but I think because I had recently read a few books on dragons this came up as a possible choice. This has a sort of YA feel to it at the beginning, but as it develops so does the writing. It took a while to get into this one and it took a while for the world building.

I thought the character of Llandry was quite interesting. She come off as sort of shy and reserved to almost a po...more
Karen


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.
Katy Hulme
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.
Matty
Rating is 3.5 stars, but since I really liked the ending and the resolution of the mystery propelling the story forward, I'm feeling like giving it 4 stars.

That is to say, the story has its flaws, especially since it is damn hard to keep the exotic terms for animals, plants, objects and so forth apart and clearly defined in your mind. There is a glossary, but I was pulled out of the story one too many times to appreciate the author's imagination and creativity here. I did come to love the realm...more
Patricia Reding
I downloaded a free copy of Draykon from Amazon. I thank the author and in exchange, I offer this, my fair and honest review.

Draykon, by Charlotte E. English is a well-written fantasy that takes readers to a truly unique alternate world. Focusing mainly on Llandry Sanfaer a young woman who possesses some unique skills but suffers from extreme shyness, and Lady Evastany Glostrum, a key figure in the leadership of the realm, the tale includes a full cast of characters that help to round out the st...more
Scott Wozniak
This story requires patience but it pays off. The writing is smooth and feh characters are endearing and fully rounded. But little is explained at the beginning--too little. Very slowly the lands and people unfold to reveal a fascinating world with a mystery at the heart of it. In fact, the book ends by finally raising the real questions, what the rest if the series will be about.

It's pretty much a book-long intro to the people and the mystery of their realm. It's a well written intro, with act...more
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I was born and raised in England, but I now live in the Netherlands with my partner and two mildly demonic cats. I've been a big fan of fantasy fiction since childhood, and I now write fantasy novels and occasionally historical fiction. When I'm not writing I bake cakes, play text games, sew things and of course read voraciously.
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