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Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon's Call #1)

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Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition of ASIN B0080R4LPK

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“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”

The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fi
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Kindle Edition, 494 pages
Published May 4th 2012 by Silver Spirit Publishing
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Michelle
May 14, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Books like this are the reason I LOVE to read.

I was all in after the first chapter. WOW what a story. So let me tell you about this book without giving to much away (Because this is such an awesome book I want you to discover all the details on your own)......

Cover: It's interesting I actually like it.
Characters: These are the kind of characters you miss when you are finished reading the book.
Book Flow: Not bad. It builds in the beginning then kind of flattens out before it gets to an amazing
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Annamaria
Aug 12, 2013 Annamaria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Chapter by chapter, each character received a sturdy introduction, stepping solidly into my imagination. I could see them, and following their story created great pictures in my head.
Many novels of dragons and their riders flood bookshelves, yet this one, I felt, was a little different. The author took the time to build the relationships needed for the action to come.
The intricate details about each character, like Kellinar the thief, or Maleena the young woman shunned by the people of her vil
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Katie Jennings
Aug 31, 2012 Katie Jennings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift, and I was so impressed by this excellent story! The characters and setting were vividly detailed, and the storyline was unique and enticing. I loved that the characters had strong bonds and connections to other beings, and Trosper did a magnificent job with pacing and stringing together the plot. The term bondmate was beautifully used, and the telepathy between the characters made for a fascinating read.

A.D. Trosper has a wonderful talent with words, and should b
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Cheyanne
Don't get me wrong, I love high fantasy and I love the premise behind this book. It seems like a cross between Eragon and Dragonriders of Pern when you read the description, and even the prologue draws you in from the start.

[[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD I SUPPOSE]]

But.

I have no idea why this book has so many wonderful reviews. In every creative writing class I have ever taken, every english class I've ever been in, every book on writing I have ever seen, there has been one universal rule: Show, don't t
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B.J. Whittington
I found this story quite captivating; it is a good read for all ages. I like my stories very character driven, with good interactions between the characters and the world. This book had both. The writer has a way of pulling you into the book through point of view from all the main characters. Ms Trosper created a story that is so visually real the reader actually feels as though you can reach out and touch the characters
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*Beware of Spoilers!*

The story starts off with a deadly battle taking place between the Dragon Riders, which accompany magical dragons of beautiful bright colors, and the Shadow Riders, that have given half of their souls to awaken black as night colored dragons that only seek distraction. As the war takes its death tolls, there are no more dragons or Riders to stand and fight for the magical land of Galdrilene. Only one
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Blackbird LSD
Mar 17, 2013 Blackbird LSD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel came across my desk and when I seen the title and synopsis, I automatically put it aside. I for one am not a big fan of Fantasy Fiction; honestly I’m not even remotely interested in any aspect of that genre. But… it was recommended as a “well written novel,” so a smirk crossed my face and the overwhelming feeling of a challenge engulfed me. The challenge to reinforce my firm standing, and lack of interest for the Fantasy genre, as well as to see exactly how “well” this novel could ...more
Thomas Winship
Dec 09, 2012 Thomas Winship rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After far too long, my TBR pile finally presented me with a book I’ve been dying to dig into: "Embers at Galdrilene," by A.D. Trosper. And, armed with a bit ‘o time on my hands (courtesy of the long holiday weekend), I did just that.

Wow! Trosper really hits one out of the park on her first try. I’m no expert on fantasy, but I know what I like … and I like this book a lot. It didn’t hurt that a few early scenes reminded me of some of my all-time favorite stories (Kellinar and Serena’s early fligh
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Katherine
Mar 21, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon Wars) by A.D. Trosper is an enchanting fantasy novel that is full of adventure. In the book, the war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation with the final battle killing the dragons and leaving nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched ...more
Annamaria Bazzi
Jul 12, 2012 Annamaria Bazzi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chapter by chapter, each character received a sturdy introduction, stepping solidly into my imagination. I could see them, and following their story created great pictures in my head.


Many novels of dragons and their riders flood bookshelves, yet this one, I felt, was a little different. The author took the time to build the relationships needed for the action to come.


The intricate details about each character, like Kellinar the thief, or Maleena the young woman shunned by the people of her vil
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Rebecca McKinnon
4.5/5 stars

I love me a good fantasy. And dragons make things even better. :) That said, let's get to the book.

Before reading this, I didn't realize it wasn't a stand-alone book. So now I have to wait to find out what happens. Arg. I'm not really a patient person. So be aware before you start reading: while many things are resolved at the end of this book, there's a great big problem that isn't.

The characters are well thought out, and the plot is great. I loved Galdrilene itself, and the idea of
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BestChickLit.com
There is something about dragon stories that is truly captivating and Trosper has certainly encapsulated this in her novel. This story follows the lives of young men and women as they escape a life of control and fear to find their true talents and true selves. A great deal can be read into the novel, whether you are looking for inspiration to help you find your real identity, or simply an escape from the norms of reality.

Trosper combines a few staples of real life, such as the all important tea
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Jeff LaFerney
Jul 13, 2013 Jeff LaFerney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I figure I might as well highly recommend this book because I came to read it after it was highly recommended to me. I'm always reading more than one book and often take a long time to finish, but once I started this one, I barely put it down. Where dragons and dragon riders have failed to exist for 500 years, Trosper creates a world where magic is feared and lies of the past run rampant. Yet, six people feel the call of magic and meet up with the one person who has protected six dragon eggs for ...more
Michael Drakich
May 28, 2012 Michael Drakich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do so many divergent characters unite in one novel? In Fantasy-ical fashion!

The ever different viewpoints of the many main characters provide a unique depth to the situation the cast find themselves in. I don't want to provide any spoilers but needless to say, you find when reading an urge to move to the next character, and then the next, then the next once more in a desire to follow each and where their own unique interpretation of the common path is headed. If characters drive you passion
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Jennifer Donohoe
This is an absolute wonderful read. The characters are well-defined and drive the story like no other. The descriptions take you to a new land and introduce to the characters in an unique and inspiring way. Make sure you have time to read this book once you pick it up. You'll not want to put it down. A. D. weaves a tale of adventure, love, war, and intrigue in a delicious stew.
Deborah Price (McKitrick)
So far, I absolutely love this story and the characters. I can't wait to see how the growth of the dragons and their dragon riders. I like how the authors writes from each main character's point of view. I am trying hard not to read the book too fast so I can enjoy it longer. It is hard. Hurry up with the second book!!
Fiery Fantasy
Jul 29, 2013 Fiery Fantasy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.


Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the un-hatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call
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A.R. Meyering
Dec 14, 2015 A.R. Meyering rated it it was amazing
Please allow me to preface this review with a quick aside that will explain a lot about this book. For years, I had been wanting and meaning to read the dragon riders of Pern series. I would think about it from time to time, yearning for a good dragon story that I could sink my teeth into. This year, I finally got around to it and I am sad to say that I was sorely disappointed by that series. It had nothing of what I truly wanted, which was an interesting fantasy world, a compelling plot, and ...more
IceFire
Aug 14, 2013 IceFire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin with the review. I've been a huge fan of books about dragons since I was little, so I was really excited to read this book. And I was not disappointed.

The story has everything a good dragon book is supposed to have (good and evil dragons with their riders, some magic ...) and more. I really loved the idea of Sliding which adds a nice sci-fi touch to the story.

Probably my favourite thing about the story is the number of main characters. To be honest, reading abou
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Carol
Nov 01, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy isn't my normal reading, but from the first pages, A.D. Trosper's story of dragons and magic drew me in. In this world, people who have magic skills have been raised to believe they'll go insane if they use those skills. Magic users are required either to voluntarily surrender to the authorities or others will turn them in. Once in custody, magic users are executed. It isn't a difficult leap to see frightening parallels to situations in our own world in the not-so-distant past and even ...more
Chelsea
Jan 11, 2013 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A.D. Trosper has managed to give life to a whole new world, filled with fantastically diverse and realistic characters. By the time I had read through the first six chapters or so, I felt as though I were amongst friends. The entire book plays out like a movie inside of the mind, making the reading effortless. There are no dull parts at all. 'Embers at Galdrilene' is truly one of the most fantastic fantasy books I have read in a long time. Fantasy is one of those genres that I tend to be ...more
J.P. Lane
Feb 22, 2013 J.P. Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantasy isn't my genre, but I have to say A.D. Trosper hooked me with this one. Couldn't put it down, and couldn't believe I was staying up nights reading about dragons and their very special relationships with their human riders. It's a magical story. Trosper sweeps you right into it from the beginning with interesting characters and wonderful descriptions of a fairytale land with an ancient city called Galdrilene where the inhabitants practice magic. I highly recommend Embers at Galdrilene to ...more
Judy
Jun 28, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner. This new author puts a new twist on the dragon fantasy story. The world and the characters are so well developed yo feel like they are friends. Can't wait for the next installment in this great story. A author to watch for sure.
Barbara Rauch
Jul 26, 2013 Barbara Rauch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems to me that anytime one writes about dragon riders, comparisons will be made to the Dragonriders of Pern and other dragon series by Anne McCaffrey, a legendary science fiction/fantasy writer. So let's get that out of the way first.

In Embers, there are some likenesses to Mrs. McCaffrey's books and I think those should be noted up front. One is that people ride dragons. I know, I know. Another is that dragons bond to one person for a lifetime with disastrous results should either the human
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Kevin Hammond
May 14, 2013 Kevin Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. It was right up there with anything Raymond Feist has written. the stories are not the same but the feeling of regret that it had to end was just the same.
the story begins with an echo of great sadness from a distant past and from there a fantasy world flourishes, and from that a new hope for the future of the world begins to blossom.
the characters in the story were great and I found myself liking the two thieves the best. although the clever dynamic between the dragon riders a
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Sophie Moss
Jun 27, 2013 Sophie Moss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Embers of Galdrilene is a rich fantasy story with beautiful world building and a large cast of endearing characters. This is the third dragon story I have read and I really enjoy reading about the bond that forms between a dragon rider and his/her dragon. The detailed description of the silver dragon emerging from the lake (the first dragon that we see in the story) is simply gorgeous. I would recommend this book to fans of epic fantasy adventures. I look forward to reading the next book in the ...more
C.E. Smith
Sep 21, 2014 C.E. Smith rated it really liked it
Calling all dragon fans!

Fact: dragons are cool.
Fact: this book is a great fantasy read!

I'm not usually a huge fan of fantasy but I love dragons so it was easy for me to get into this book. Only a couple of times in the middle did it feel long, but the action was quick to return.

And the characters! Easy to fall in love with them as they all get the proper introduction they deserve. Ms. Trosper does a wonderful job of balancing the journey to the destination with the arrival and explains her exce
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Férial
Aug 04, 2016 Férial rated it it was ok
Disappointed (again *sigh*).

Here's a review that expresses my thoughts exactly :

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Hannah Kim
Oct 12, 2016 Hannah Kim rated it liked it
Let me start by saying I adore fantasy and most of all fantasy involving dragons.
LOVE LOVE LOVE it to the point I'm currently writing my own fantasy story involving dragons (because why not).
So I've read a lot from this genre both in published books and, yes, fanfiction.

I'm afraid that for me this just felt a bit more like fanfiction. (Which there is nothing wrong with, in its context, I'm not afraid to say I write fanfiction myself, it's just not what I look for when I purchase published books.
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Rosver
Sep 13, 2014 Rosver rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
After those five star review, I take a dip. After reading a few chapters, I have to catch some zzzz’s. It was just so boring. I left it unfinished. No need to torture myself.

The story opens in a supposed to be emotional prologue but the way it was told just make it a tad corny which just makes for some raised eyebrows than sympathy.

What comes next is a series of dull chapters. The author seems to be trying to increase the word count and fill the chapters with lot of traveling, chatter and idle t
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A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon's Call series. The first and second books are already out under the titles Embers at Galdrilene and Tears of War. She has also written a children's book and has three books planned for release in 2014. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fanta
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