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Dragon Soul by Jaida Jones
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Jan 19, 12

bookshelves: sf-fantasy
Read in June, 2011

If only one of the protagonists of “Dragon Soul” (Spectra, $26, 400 pages) wasn’t such a completely unattractive anti-hero – violent, irrational, angry, no human feelings (or feelings for humans, in any event) and so repellent you keep hoping someone will kill him – I’d urge readers to go back to the first in the series, “Havemercy” and enjoy both of the sequels.

In fact, even with the nasty, truly horrid Rook as one of the several narrators, “Dragon Soul” is still worth reading. Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett base their world at the border between an altered China (Ke-Han) and Volstov (Russia), toss in powerful magicians and a society of the verge of industrialization, and have created a varied and interesting trilogy with a changing cast of characters.

Unfortunately, they decided to return to one of the protagonists of the first book in Rook, and his vicious, corroding presence somewhat offsets the authors’ other, far more interesting, characters. Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of Rook and the future installments will build on the positives of the series, which are many.
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