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Dragon Speaker

(The Shadow War Saga #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Everyone knows this story: an unlikely young hero is chosen by divine providence to save the world from a terrible evil. 

Except Keriya Nameless is crippled, without the ability to wield magic—in fact, she's the only person who doesn't have powers of her own. The god who chose her is a mysterious dragon with a knack for exploiting loopholes in rules. Oh, and tha
Paperback, First, 366 pages
Published July 15th 2016 by Pen Works Media
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Miranda Reads
4.5 stars

"I didn't choose to start this, but I'm choosing to finish it."
Keriya Nameless lives in a world where she constantly feels boxed in - there's so much she wants to do, but very little that she is able allowed to do.

The village elders state she cannot ever become a full member of their village because she's:
"the only person ever to be born without magic, and that alone makes you [Keriya] unworthy..."
And so, on the eve of the Ceremony of Choice, Keriya forces the elder's hand and secures herself a spot.

She races off into ththeshe's:stars
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it


Dragon Speaker is one of those books with a very complicating beginning because of the introduction of the world and the magic system that the author has created,and sometimes it was really hard to follow(maybe for me,since I read it everyday for 2 weeks after 10 hours of studying medicine per day),but once you read the first 100 pages,it's impossible to stop then.
I really enjoye
NAT.orious reads ☽
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 ★★★✬✩ for the hungry dragon
This book is for you if… you enjoy multiple points of view, 3rs person narration, dragons, don't equate size with skills and are not easily annoyed by teenager quarrels.

I felt like I knew what I was getting into; A fantasy epos with dragons, magicians and a strong heroine. The beginning of the book even gave me The Name of the Wind-vibes. But the almost comic self-irony Kvothe offers the reader and makes this series so amazing in my eyes doesn't quite find its roots here. In general, thi
Kristy • The Reader Dragon
Oct 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of epic adventures featuring dragons.

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Please Note: I received a free copy of Dragon Speaker from it’s author Elana A. Mugdan in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all thoughts expressed are solely my own.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a high-fantasy novel. And when I say a long time, I mean a looooong time. I’m pretty sure the last one I read was Eragon, and, well, that was the book that started my love of reading. So yeah, it’s been a while.

Let me just start by saying that I am in absolute awe of the world that ElanaTwitter
Shannon (discoverelysian)
“To be different is a marker of greatness; but if you do not embrace it, you will be neither different nor great.”

Meet Keriya Nameless, a crippled orphan girl. She's not your average female hero MC. When a god, an old powerful dragon, chose her to be a Dragon Speaker and banish evil from the world, she's not sure she can complete the task because she doesn't have the ability to wield magic. Her quest demand she must go to a place that she believes is a wasteland, cross through the sacred mountain, an
This book had all the facets that I love.

Dragons - check☑

Dragon speaker - check☑

Bond between them - check☑

Magic wielder - check☑

Good vs evil - check☑

Underdog heroes - check☑

A fab villain - check☑

A Goddess with secrets - check☑

Worldbuilding - check☑

Fast pace - check☑

The book took me a long time to read, almost 4 days or so. The book was the cumulation of the author's brilliant imagination. There were some serious magic and politics in place. Elana Mugdan used the basic concept of good
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the gentler fantasy genre
Recommended to Michael by: Elana A Mugdan
Well, this was quite a find! I was approached and befriended by the author (via Goodreads) and got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, Elana) And I really enjoyed it! I'm going to give it a 5-star rating.

The book has a nice cover and is well presented and well written. It has maps and it has nice little Dragon-pics heading the chapters. It also has a glossary at the end and a little bit of information about the author. NG (neutral-good) on good days and CE (ch
Simi Sunny
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read a book where the main character is crippled---in a fantasy story! And it really impressed me. Though, there was so much drama within, but I see it was worth it when it comes to character development. And you not only have to see the main character that's struggling; the people that Keriya would stumble upon or are friends with have something in common.

Most of them feel like they want to be a part of something, but they were either not sure or have felt like an o
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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The author send me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Elana :) ) . Please note that this did not affect my opinions in anyway and all thoughts and opinions written in this review are my own.

4.5 Stars from me (its on the upper side, so its going on the 5-star shelf, because in short, I greatly enjoyed this book)

So - I Enjoyed this book. - that's an understatement, I Enjoyed this book a lot! I had meant to pick it up the moment the author had send it to me, and I'm
Catherine ♡
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual Rating: 4.5

*Thank you to the author for providing me a free review copy! This review is my full and honest opinion.*

In a world where everyone is a magic wielder, Keriya Nameless stands out as the only one who doesn't have any magical powers. She knows she has to prove herself, and when the goddess Shivnath chooses her to save the world's last dragon, Keriya knows she can't mess up.

But of course, that dragon is in high demand and Keriya struggles to keep it saf
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5!! Now I am not in the habit of giving spoilers so my reviews may seem a bit broad. However, I must say that with any new series a world has to be built. This involves a TON of thought process and finding ways to mesh things in. Magic! Nuff said. I must admit the character evolvement was nice as well. It is also clear to see that there is plenty of room for growth in the series. Some of the scenes and things that happened were a bit random, as though they were setups that didn't play out in t ...more
Alan Ginsberg
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved that this book took me into a new world - kept me captive - and left me wanting more. One of my top 5 of 2018.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a complementary copy of this in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, had an effect on this review. 

One of the things that impressed me the most with this book was that I could feel Elana's passion and enthusiasm shining through her story. The thought of writing a high fantasy novel is so daunting to me, so I give major props to this author for not only writing one, but, in particular, one that holds so much imagination. The "ep
Jody Medland
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dragon Speaker is without doubt one of the most captivating fantasy tales I've ever read. Each character within the book battles with universal themes such as politics, family loyalty and morality as they search for acceptance in a world on the verge of war.

Life is never black and white, and this is mirrored beautifully in the book through the eyes of our heroine - 14-year-old Keriya Nameless - whose mission it is to find the world's last remaining dragon and bring it to her God, the great Lord
Robin Bootle
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced fantasy fun. the author has an amazing imagination and has created an incredibly detailed world and convincing characters. Impressive stuff!
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short, but a bit dramatical protagonist. Need more character development. Waiting for the next book.
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Born in Aeria, Keriya Nameless, has basically been ignored all her life. Her mother died at childbirth and with no man who claimed her as his daughter Keriya remained nameless. In Aeria the people have magical abilities. Keriya has none and therefore she is seen as unworthy. Every year there is a Ceremony of Choice. This ceremony will show the persons who participate which profession they'll have after they return to the village. If they don't return their life will be a sacrifice for the goddes ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this novel before it was published, and all I can say is, WOW! There are so many amazing characters, themes, and storylines, I don't know where to start! A big reason why I loved this book is because of the theme of nature. One of the characters is a girl who can speak to animals, and although this is a power we see in a lot of fantasy literature, it still appeared new and fresh in Dragon Speaker, giving us a unique view of the power and the way it works. And regarding ...more
Felix Quinonez Jr.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a thrilling, captivating book that is a joy to read. It's the kind of story you get lost in. On more than one occasion I missed my subway stop because I was so wrapped up in it.

The protagonist Keriya is a young girl on a quest to save the world's last living dragon. And while that does make for a really entertaining story. What really makes it special is that Keriya is also on a journey to find her place in the world. The author understands that the real important part of the story is t
Maggie Chatterton
Dragon Speaker by Elana A. Mugdan is a very imaginative debut novel. The characters are captivating as well as thought out. The world that Elana created feels as if it could be real. The story's pace isn't too fast or too slow. Dragon Speaker has plenty of action and character development. It's a perfect opening to The Shadow War Saga.
This could easily become a success in novel form and in movie form if Elana so chooses to allow Dragon Speaker to be translated into film.

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Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
+Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Elana!

THE WORLD: It's a complex fantasy world based on different kingdoms and species. And by species I mean there are humans, dragons, half-dragon gods, demons, etc. In this world, called Allentria, magic exists and humans have access to it, basically everyone can wield magic but there are some limitations as in some people can control water, others earth, others fire... it's like benders in Avatar. Also, there is good magic and bad magic that
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Dragon Speaker is the first book in The Shadow War Saga, and we have DRAGONS, people!!! You know how I love me a dragon, and Thorion is just perfect. I want him for myself, which sucks because he's already bonded with Keriya, and he's fictional! Still, you know what I mean!

This is classed as young adult, but to be honest, I think 'some' young adults might be a bit confused as this world is complex, to say the least. Personally, I loved it, but then I'm as far from a young adult as yo
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Keriya is an outsider in a secluded land, born without magic surrounded by magic wielders. Her heritage is unknown, making her an orphan. She was raised by a healer who taught her magic she could never wield. Many children are selected in her homeland to go through the Ceremony of Choice where they are to wander in the forest for seven days and hope they receive a vision of their destined profession. Keriya was not chosen to participate in the ceremony due to her lack of mag
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dragons, dragon-pov
This is a relatively standard YA adventure plot-wise, but has immensely strong characters. Every major character (and more than a few of the minor ones) experiences significant development over the course of the story. I found myself disliking a few of them at first, but came to love all of them as the story progressed (with one exception).

The dragon/s are handled very well; Thorion is a charming character and hopefully we'll see a lot more of him (including the chapters from his PoV) over the
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
Starts out slow and the world building is a bit chaotic and confusing at times, but once you get into it the pace picks up and it’s an entertaining read. Characters well written, strong and interesting. The story was good and original. Well worth a look.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Avalon Roselin
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
While I love a good story about a girl bonding with a dragon to save the world, there were some pacing and tone issues that lowered this book's score. However, I would still gladly recommend it to any reader who enjoys MG/YA fantasy and am excited to read the next book in the series when it comes out!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley
An ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, let me start by saying that the world building in this book is amazing! The effort that was put into the world-building of this book is clearly shown. It's very obvious that the author worked hard planning this and is very passionate about her work. There's so much complexity to the universe in this book.

The book is packed with action and adventure. It's got great character development as well. I love how Keriya s
Steph Burton
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I had received an Email by Elana Mugdan requesting if I was interested in reading Dragon Speaker.

This is such an amazing YA book to read. It has a variety of characters, from when we are introduced to them and how they are developed in this book is great and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

It is set in a world with magic and dragons, Keriya is a nobody, a girl who is outcasted by everyone in her home. She has been selected by a god to leave her village and find the las
Paul Wilson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing quite so difficult as telling a good friend you didn't enjoy her book.

Thank God that's not how I felt.

For me, a book is all about the journey it takes you on. And Dragon Speaker takes you on a thrilling journey indeed: over foreboding mountain ranges, across open countryside, through medieval cities and towns, and into the heart of the forest. It's a journey filled with magics of all forms, both good and evil, a journey of heroes, of villains...of DRAGONS.
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