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The Dragon Within

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"Deep within the mortal world of Eiddoril, war rages and the blood of innocents flows freely. Once ruled by the four elements—Earth, Fire, Water and Air—Eiddoril was a peaceful, beautiful land. Now, after three hundred years of being ravaged by an evil lord and abandoned by their true gods, the people and land of Eiddoril are dying.

In the kingdom of Gareth, an orphan girl
Kindle Edition, 395 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by iUniverse (first published May 2012)
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Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, with the knowledge that the author is aware of typos, etc. So with that in mind, four stars it is! (Believe me, I have read many books lately that have more typos than this one. I liked the storyline and characters enough that I was able to get lost in the story and almost completely ignore the typos.)

I really enjoyed this book and was engrossed from the start. I believe that it is difficult in a genre such as this to create a
Cindy Lyle
Nov 13, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I have been avoiding writing this because I'm not quite sure how to rate my own book. Of course I think it is 5 star material, but I also know that it has some issues. My goal was to publish the story that I had close to my heart and to share it with someone other than my mom, and I think I did a really good job doing that. I couldn't be happier that people have read The Dragon Within and liked it even though my first attempt at a polished work fell a little short.

I'm amazed at how close I have
Cheryl Landmark
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a free pdf from the author in response to her request on Goodreads for honest reviews. And, I'm extremely glad I took her up on her offer!

True, there were some editorial issues with the book--typos, misspellings, words used in the wrong context, e.g. aide instead of aid. But, apparently, the author is aware of these and is working to correct them.

Aside from this, the story itself was very engaging and pulled me into the world of Karah and the dragons right to the very end
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
In the lands of Eiddoril have been attacked these last three centuries by the Dark Lord named Nubossa in search for Ililsaya. Ililsaya has been going from one human host for three centuries fighting the destiny before her. Ililsaya host is named Karah living with the royal family in Gareth. Karah has grown up with Prince Elric. Prince Elric has always known that Karah is special he just didn't realize how special. Queen Anora suggests that Karah speak with Fitch after Karah's nightmare or dream ...more
Victoria Zigler
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book! The worldbuilding and character creation are excellent, with both the world and characters being detailed and believeable. Also, the story itself is well written, with details being revealed as the plot unfolds, and so many twists and turns in the plot that reading it is like riding a rollercoaster blindfolded; you have no way of knowing what will come next, but it's a thrill when it comes, and somehow surprising and expected at the same time. I would recommend this boo ...more
Leeland Artra
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
The Dragon Within by Cindy Lyle is a very enjoyable fantasy book with great characters, good pacing, and some nice twists to the plot. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoyed The Curse of Chalion or Dilvish, the Damned.

I was not immediately interested in the book based on the cover which seemed slapped together and overly busy. I read because it was selected as the Goodreads Indie Book Club's fantasy read for April 2013.

The book is written from a series of first person POVs where the name a
A.L. Butcher
3.75 rating.

Indie Book club Fantasy read for April 2013

Firstly I would like to say I really enjoyed the story. The pace was quite fast and the world interesting and intriguing. The characters were a lot of fun, all had their own agenda and there were a number of twists I did not expect, especially with the character Reaper. The MFC was interesting; at once young, naive and at the same time, powerful, ancient and misunderstood. There were the requisite hateable characters and those who were simp
Flora Smith
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely love the world created by Cindy Lyle in The Dragon Within. You can almost feel the Tolkein influences on this work but at the same time its entirely her own.

We follow the life of Karrah, who is a strong female character, as she begins the fight against the evil that plagues Eiddoril and her quest for who she really is. This story is told not only from her point of view but we also see the story from the opposing v
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers
Recommended to Steve by: Cindy Lyle
I received this for review directly from the author (PDF copy), after replying to her request on Goodreads.

The author impressed me with her ability to make the world of Eiddoril come alive in my mind, as if I was watching an HD movie. Also, evolution of the main characters was seamless.

The story moves right along, building up the images in my mind. The first few chapters lay out the history, and the conflicts to come. As things progress the relationships and conflicts become clear.
While I will
Cindy Lyle
Aug 21, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
So after a year, the new and improved Dragon Within will soon be available! I did a lot of work on it so hopefully it is now what you all deserve to find in a fantasy adventure. I changed the cover and added a title for the series. The Creation Chronicles will follow Karah on her quest to find herself, but it will also focus on the four elements, the creators of Eiddoril. The characters are all the same and I didn't change the plot, so those of you who have read it don't worry. I just cleaned it ...more
Crystal Dawn
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was spell binding. It completely captured my imagination. It has a less than perfect heroine that tries to live up to everyone's expectations, but finds it overwhelming. She is relate-able because she has very human flaws. I enjoyed the authors style of storytelling and it moved along quickly, giving you hints along the way to what was to come. It begs for a sequel and I will definitely be reading it if there is one. I love dragon tales and for anyone else that does, this is a must rea ...more
Jill Swanson-Diaz
A big thanks to Cindy for sending me a copy for review!
There is a great interview with the author and my full review up on my blog!

This is quite a debut fantasy novel for independent author, Cindy Lyle! I absolutely loved it! It is beautifully crafted and bursting with imagination. This author knows how to write and she has created a captivating fantasy for readers of any age. Her writing style is fluid and fast paced. The story begins right away and the reader is
Nichole Benns-begg
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well as a long time friend of Cindy's and not a huge fantasy lover. I have to say her book was very intriguing. After the first few chapters,learning the characters and their stories the book really takes off to the point as I couldn't put it down. The story has non stop adventure from the beginning to the end. The characters are very interesting and unique. Cindy's spin on dragon's was very different and cool. I can't wait for the sequel to this book. Congrats Cindy on your first novel and look ...more
Kelley Ceccato
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Dragon Within was a pleasant surprise. It was the first book I read by this talented author, Cindy Lyle, but it definitely won’t be the last.

For an indie published book, the interior formatting was amazing. The cover was all right, but I wasn’t too fond of the black borders on the top and bottom – if the cover got rid of those, the book would look more professional, if you ask me. Either way, the saying goes “don’
Mercy Dragonslayer
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like YA Fantasy
I recieved a free copy of this book to read and review. My review is unaffected by anything but my own opinion of the book, and it's going to be brutally honest.

First, I'll say this: I liked this book. I liked it a lot.

The premise was just shy of being unoriginal, in a good way. The characters were blunt but clear, the writing style was simple but easy to follow. The book employed very modern-tinted dialogue between the characters, which is not as much to my taste, but it was well done for what
Louisa Watson
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Karah believes herself to be an unremarkable orphan adopted by the king and queen of Gareth, but much has been kept hidden from her. At the age of eighteen she is plagued by dreams of past lives and deaths at the hand of the Dark Lord. A man called Fitch knows the secrets of her past, but there is only so much he is willing to reveal, even when it becomes clear that the Dark Lord is hunting her.

Soon Karah must flee the kingdom with only Fitch and her beloved Prince Elric to protect her. She is
Karah’s entire life has been an extravagant plot. This plot has kept her safe until right before her 19th birthday. You see, her magic has begun to leak through and she’s starting to remember her past lives. Karah’s been kept in hiding for over 300 years. Now that her powers have leaked things have been set in motion…the Dark One has found her and she is the key to the destruction or the saving of her world.

The Dragon Within is a splendid fantasy read. With all great fantasy, you must be pulled
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story is a fascinating mix of dragon mythology, nature/element magic and ancient culture. I found the contrast of different elements in the story compelling. The author creates a multi-layered, complex world where good and evil fight for dominance. And, in a move that frustrated and fascinated me, we are left with one resolution that brings up many more questions.

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds. I eagerly await the next book to find out what happens to Elric and Karah/Ililsaya, Enthor,
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked Cindy Lyle's writing style-good descriptions of her fantasy world (although a map would be nice) and the story mainly flows nicely. I admit to some confusion later on as to who is doing what, a problem with shape-shifers in the mix. I was intrigued with the races of characters, and wanted to know more of the history of the different cultures. Karah was an effective heroine and there was sufficient tension as she learned her heritage and grew into her role. Overall, The Dragon Within is a ...more
Michelle Mcroberts
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: private-review, arr
I was given an updated version of this title by the author in exchange for an updated review.

Review to come

Second Read: 1/16, 2014
First Read: 10/15-10/17, 2012
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next one to come out.
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