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Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander's role he doesn't want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published November 15th 2017 by Riversong Books (first published March 15th 2017)
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”Dreams starve and die if not fed by imagination.”

A uniquely designed plot, intriguing and different. I was so excited to read this book. The cover was mesmerising and the synopsis was promising. It made me eager to start the book and I couldn’t wait to dive into this fantasy world.

The first couple of chapters were very slow for me. I had to re-read chapters twice, and I didn’t quite understand what is happening. After a while, things became cl
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Shalini
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book this is of fantasy and curses, where reality is far and fairly askew.

A tale set in the magical land of the druid (Calem), dragon slayer (Niena), and the General grandfather (Marny), modified and manipulated by the fae (Oberon).

The story goes thus, hear me well and hear me loud.

It is convoluted and winded when read, but oh so easy, when said aloud…

Calem wants to protect his wife from the curse, so strikes a bargain with Oberon, but it crumbles and he finds himself in the strange land. Nien
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Tree District
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Curses of Scale is an enchanting read. The author uses old lore in a fresh way, incorporating references from our modern world into his fantasy. The story follows three characters whose individual journeys keep the novel moving forward at an enjoyable pace. Reeves does a wonderful job depicting landscapes throughout the tale. His characters are explored through their consciousness, which allows the reader to become immersed in them and emotionally attached. If you are looking for an escape, I hi ...more
Pamela Canepa
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

Let me start by saying, I usually read more than one book at a time, and that isn't a good idea with this book. There is a lot going on here, multiple points of view, strange time slips, magical creatures, a curse. It is very entertaining, but you have to keep up. The main character is admirable and easy to sympathize with and I wanted to see her succeed. The tale is overall intriguing and magical, and the writing is very descriptive, though at times perhaps a little too much for my taste; it is
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Mary Woldering
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of a Young Adult Rite of passage fantasy in which the heroine moves through her world. The author worked hard to tell the story. The descriptions and world-building were well handled. The major issue I had with the story is my own inability to read and comprehend stories written in present tense. I was unfortunately unable to understand who the characters were and what they were doing in the story. I found myself reading other reviews and the blurb to help me with the struggle, ...more
Billy Buttons
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Curses of Scale
Author: S D Reeves
Star Rating: 4 Stars
Number of Readers: 17
Stats
Editing: 7/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 7/10
Of the 17 readers:
14 would read another book by this author.
14 thought the cover was good or excellent.
7 felt it was easy to follow.
14 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
11 felt the author’s s
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Nikki S
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
From the first page with its crisp, colourful descriptions I was immediately drawn into this tale. The visual setup was immediate and without any effort I wanted to know more, the pages almost turned themselves. 

Coming of age book for young adults and fantasy lovers alike. Niena, a sixteen year old girl yearns to follow her bardic dreams but her path is far from that direction. 

A confusion of sorts ensues, those wishing for one thing get another and lines and lives are crossed in a colourful, so
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Elizabeth
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves is a journey of magic and self-discovery. Teenager Niena has one dream: to attend an elite college to become a bard. Just as a dragon awakens and terrorizes the land, Niena takes advantage of an opportunity and runs away, but this decision takes her on a course of action she isn't expecting. She finds herself on a journey through a fey realm, where she discovers magic and a startling secret about her destiny. She's to slay the dragon and save those she loves, but w ...more
Brian Wilkerson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stephen Reeves asked me to read his novel "Curses of Scale". It is a fantasy novel and the basic gist of it is this druid trying to save his wife from a dragon but it is more complicated than that....a lot more complicated, and I'm not simply talking about the plot. I will examine Plot, Character, and Polish, and then assign a grade.

PLOT

As the story begins In Media Res (sort of), Calem, a druid, has just acquired the final ingredient he needs to complete the spell that will save his wife, Nin
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Happy Booker
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Curses of scale is a young adult fantasy novel written about sixteen-year-old Niena. This brave girl just wants to go to the Bardi college but instead finds herself fighting a dragon in order to save her grandfather and everyone else she loves. She isn’t alone on this journey, and if she does accomplish the goal, she turns into the dragon herself. The decision comes with a price, and that is what makes this book very intriguing to read.

The adventure is filled with fairies, shapeshifters, dragons
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K.S. Agustin
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Curses of Scale is an exciting fantasy novel written by S.D. Reeves.

The book starts with a druid on the run to finish a ritual to save his wife from a terrible curse. It, then, flashes back to his fifteen-year old wife, Niena, who wants so badly to be a bard, which is against her grandfather’s wishes.

Attacks of a dreadful fire-breathing dragon throw the Empire into chaos and propel Niena through the fey realm. Guided by the lord of the fairies, Niena discovers things about herself she never kne
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Darrell Nelson
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While still being fantasy, the characters are very down to Earth and relate-able. This made it a breeze to read and fun. Keeping all the classic elements of good fantasy, vivid imagery, magic, personal growth through a quest, ect, Curses of Scale makes for a good fantasy tale. Having characters with pronounceable names, with motivations that are easily understandable, and straight-forward style of writing made it great.
One slightly odd thing is it has American Grammar with British spelling of wo
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Chelsea
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The author has created a unique setting with its own history and politics. The author creates interesting characters with goals and passions that you want to learn about and see succeed. The story itself was unique and unpredictable but the style was difficult to read. The first person present tense makes parts of the story hard to follow and when the author provides information the first person narrator shouldn’t know it pulls
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E.M. Swift-Hook
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A Fantastically Confusing Fantasy

‘When is just like where. Another reality that you can explore, if you know the way there, or then.’

Calem has more than a few problems, but the worst is probably the fact that a mad fey lives in his head and Calem needs to perform a ritual to get rid of him so the fey can lift a curse on Calem's wife. Squirrel is fifteen and an apprentice bard. She wants to get to bardic college, but she is too young and her grandfather does not want her to go. Marny is a captain
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James Maxstadt
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Lots of potential…

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. There is a lot to like here, including Oberon’s madness and his manner of speech. The story involving Niena is a good one, and I found the revelations at the end to be pretty surprising. The characters, and not just the three main ones, are well developed and you do care what happens to them.
My problems come in some of the other elements. The point of view switches between characters broken into different chapters. While this is
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Tanya Biondi
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review Curses of Scale

This is one of the most peculiar books I have happened to read. The first thing about it, is that it is written in present simple, which took some adjusting on my part, as it makes you feel forever on the run. Secondly, you cannot escape noticing how strange the narration is. Not so much for the fact that it is structured in very short periods, style by now adopted by many writers. The specific mark of this book is the capability of the author to indulge in minute details,
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Jeanette
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
S. D. Reeves debut fantasy novel, Curses of Scale, plunges right in with vivid imagery and heart-stopping action. It is a coming of age story, a time paradox, a riddle and three-stranded tale told from the perspective of a shape-shifting druid, a young girl, and an old soldier (the girl's grandfather).

The druid, Calem, has made a deal with the half-mad-fey, Oberon, to lift the curse from his wife - the curse of scale, a curse to become a fire-belching, killer dragon for having killed one. Calem
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Jimmy Leonard
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The verdict: A well-paced, mystical epic packed full of surprises—something different in all the right ways.

Just from the author’s quirky sense of humor on the acknowledgments page, I had a feeling I’d like this book. Curses of Scale will by no means be every reader’s cup of tea. It’s mysterious and odd, full of surreal sequences and shifting points of view. Yet it’s also original and well written, featuring clever dialogue and immersive imagery without breaking the pace. From the action-packed
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Katie Blythe
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I loved this story, it was very action packed. It literally starts in the middle of an action scene and slowly starts to build up to what is going on, instead of dumping exposition, then moving on to the action. It’s told in three perspectives, Calem, who is a fey trying to figure out a way to keep a curse from happening to his wife, Niena, who is 15 is raised by her grandparents, and just wants to go on adventures and att
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Rob Cummings
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Had it's moments

Beware, this is fantasy. In the pages that follow, you will see the regular cast of characters. Fairy? Check. Dragon? Check. Army hoards? Check. A fair maiden? Check. Et cetera and et cetera. This isn’t bad per say. It is what we as readers have come to expect. The evil dragon and the demonic wizard are mainstays of this genre. A story without them would be unfulfilling. That’s not to say that a story with these characters included will make the tale. It’s up to the writer of the
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S.K. Gregory
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting mix of fantasy and adventure that I found quite entertaining. I would recommend it to young adult fantasy fans.
Mark Schultz
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story immensely! Mr. Reeves has created a world that is easy to believe in, it almost feels like home. He has amazing powers of description. I was drawn very deeply into the world of fairies and dragons.
Every major character is full and complete, with dreams, desires, and different kinds of fears. The minor characters bring much into the story and come across just as real.
Between the four major characters and the picture-perfect portrayals of scene and settings, I experienced a
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Scott Spotson
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the idea of whimsy in this book, and I am the right audience for this type of fantasy book without the deep incursion into the medieval world of dungeons and dragons, or checkmating games of thrones, which tire me out sometimes. This time, a young teenage girl is the heroine of the story, on a journey of wonder. Sort of the lead-in to an adventure like a fantastical Alice in Wonderland.

However, I confess for the most part of the book, I was lost. I tried, but didn't quite understand what
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Janeandjerry
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review. I was confused with the characters throughout the book and it just didn't make that much sense to me but if course this is my opinion only that I am writing here no one else's. Please don't go on my words here to make your decision on reading this one please read and make your own decisions on it... Again this is my opinion and mine only
Amanda Williams
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kept me on the edge of my seat. Loved reading this book. This book was full of many twists and turns and the author constantly keeps you on the edge of your toes. A beautiful storyline with action-packed scenes that will leave you wanting more. This is definitely one of my must reads for the year.
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Stephen Reeves was born in 1980 in Huntsville, Alabama, but grew up in a small community just on the edge called Madison. His writing career began during a boring math class in college and has blossomed over the last couple of decades into something decidedly not boring. His works have been published in numerous zines including The Blotter, Chantwood, Yellow Chair Review, and The Writers Drawer. S ...more