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The Dragon and the Crow

(Magickless #1)

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What would you do if you lived in a world where everyone was a magician, and you were the only one with no magic at all?
ebook, 332 pages
Published December 2011 by Dragonfall Press
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Jeremy
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
As with an increasing number of modern writers, T.B. McKenzie chronicled the development of his debut novel online, chiefly via his professional blog: Magickless. I followed the journey with a deep fascination, from the text’s beginnings as a handwritten manuscript, through the tribulations of drafting and re-drafting (and all of that glorious artistic self-doubt), its gradual percolation through an editor, to the final polishing, printing and launch. Vicariously, I experienced an author’s joys ...more
Matty
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon and the Crow is set in a well imagined world, in which magic is the currency (an intriguing idea) and everyone knows how to use it. The well worn cliche of having a protaginist who has tremendous inner power (or whatever) is flipped on it's head in a pleasing way: in this novel he is the least powerful character with no magic at all. I won't ruin any of the plot for you, but if you are looking for something a bit different to all the fantasy novels you've already read, i strongly reco ...more
Alena
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this through GoodReads First Reads quite some time ago and only recently got the chance to read it. I can say with 100% honesty that it is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. For me it was not only written well with great description, but also had a very interesting story with relatable characters. I found it difficult to put down on many occasions and stayed up late many nights in order to read just one more chapter.

I feared through the first couple chapters that i
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Michael
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a really awesome read. I mean could you imagine if you lived in a society where everyone had magic powers and you were the only one that couldn't practice it. I would be so heartbroken and would completely be devastated. This was the premise that got me hooked into this story.
This story, from start to finish, was blended and weaved in such a way that it got me thinking about it a lot. It changed from seen to seen to become a different book that at the turn of each page became better an
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Esther Jones
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, it was difficult to put down, while at other times, I found myself setting it aside and taking a moment just to process what had just happened. The story is fascinating and the twists and turns kept me interested all the way to last sentence—which was a shocker.
Usually, the main character of a fantasy story is some kind of “chosen one” with “power the dark lord knows not” or somelike. In The Dragon and the Crow, Brin lives in a world where everyone has magic—everyone but him. This is
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Matt Thomas
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a story. I can't wait to read the next two instalments of this epic magickal trilogy. T.B. McKenzie has created a number of impressive elements in this his debut book that positions the reader with an aftertaste of a seasoned writer and a hunger for what comes next. First, this book is exceptionally well written, and I think enjoyably both plays with and is true to the genre. The magical system of the world of Arkadia is both surprising and refreshing. It has been a long time since I ha ...more
Fred Booker
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conventional fantasy ideas in an unconventional narrative format. The Dragon and the Crow is a new fantasy novel, lavish with both original and derivative concepts, and told with an incredibly pleasant-to-read prose. The world of magickal technology will have you charmed, while you follow the story of the one boy who has no control over it. The author uses Kishōtenketsu, an unconventional narrative structure using unusual plot development and twists, making for a captivating, yet hard to describ ...more
Jon
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was won as part of a good reads give away.

The Dragon and the Crow is a fantasy novel about a world in which nearly every one can do magic. That magic is limited upon a name that every person is given. Yet there is one who was born without magic and is drawn into the designs of the king in his battle against a witch.

This book started out slow and was hard to get into at first. Eventually there wad a draw strong enough to enthrall. This book did not have much action and a lot of it was s
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Maria
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. The storyline is original and eventually grasps your attention. However the beginning of this book is so slow and drawn out if I hadn't been stuck somewhere with nothing else to do I would have given up on it. My advice is to just skim through the first 9 chapters (they are full of unnecessary backgrounds and descriptions and very little of anything important) and just start on chapter 10. After chapter 10 the adventure begins and this ...more
Dana Alma
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Dragon and The Crow is pure writing legerdemain! T.B. McKenzie's interesting construction of a magical world and scrupulous attention to detail allows this book to be truly convincing. McKenzie has created a world that only the magically inclined inhabit. Prophesy, magic, and the struggle for power follow one boy's journey into a world he must belong to. I can't wait for book 2 in the series.
Amanda Kern
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

There is a well thought out magic system. Plus in this world magic pretty much defines you and what you can do. I like how the system is different from any other that I have read in other books.

I wonder what is going to happen next with the kingdom and the magicless boy.
Kristina
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting view of magic

Good writing and a well developed world. Can't wait for the sequel. The main character is interesting and easily likable. Should be fascinating to see what happens.
Tom
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful tale. Was able to keep you guessing for most of the book who were the good guys and who were the bad. Looking forward to reading book 2.
Lulu
Jun 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
I won this book from the first reads giveaways and I am so excited to read it. Thanks.
Amelia Bock
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
An action packed page turner with likeable heroes and complex villians. McKenzie's wry humour sets this book appart from others in the genre. I look forward to the sequel.
Missabluey
Though not a bad book, I have to admit the most intriguing part of the entire story was perhaps the ending. Enough, certainly to encourage me to pick up the second book, simply to see where this tangled dissonance of ideas is going to end up.

I have to admit, however, I was rather disappointed by the lack of a dragon.

While the story itself has potential, Brin (the main character) didn't leave me feeling attached or particularly offended by the course of his life. I just didn't care enough. Cons
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Pete Aldin
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A terrific debut novel. A whole load of fun. A familiar fantasy world for lovers of high fantasy, but with some great uses of magic(k) as technology. A writer with a bright future.
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Born just before the ‘80s began T.B McKenzie grew up in South Gippsland Victoria, where boys either surfed or played football. He did neither and, as this was a time before the Internet, he found his escape in books. Somehow he missed the boat on Tolkien but discovered instead the works of Lloyd Alexander, Terry Pratchett and Ursula Le-Guin, who all had a lot to say about things people seemed to h ...more
“Don't ya wanna hear the secret?' his eyes were narrow and mean, despite the glaze of rum. Louer drained his glass and slammed it to the bar. 'You get happy by learnin' to say 'yes' to what life offers you, but stay happy by rememberin' when to start sayin' 'no'.” 6 likes
“For two years I've read the scrolls and learned the language, and I know more about magick than anyone here...You ask what the greatest power is, and I know that niether the dwarf magick of Terus, nor the dragon power of Victus is superior, even though I should say that Terus is because my father's a Mender and his spells come from the Green book. Even the elf magick that is so rare that none in Darton is a master or matron of it, is still just one of the three colours and no better than any other. That's the whole point of the system, and it's stupid...None of the scrolls explain anything, and niether do you. Instead we have to run around an obstacle course, trade jewels between rings and sit here and write rubbish answers to a trick question. And to end it all we have to listen to a Wizard from Celenia and hope to hear some more spells. Well I know as many spells as anyone here, but they're as useless as whistling to me.” 1 likes
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