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The Dragon's Banker

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Finance: The lifeblood of any country’s beating heart and the life’s work of Sailor Kelstern — Merchant Banker. While wizards brood in their towers and great warriors charge into battle Sailor is more interested in the price of ore, herbs, and alchemicals carried by the trade ships.

But when a spell of bad fortune and bitter rivalry leaves him scrambling to turn a profit
Paperback, 263 pages
Published September 25th 2019 by Independently published
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3.3 pecuniary stars

Master Sailor Kelstern is a banker who goes through difficulties after losing the fortune of a nobleman who is not at all satisfied with that; but that is nothing when faced with the challenge of satisfying a dragon (which is not supposed to exist) towards a new era of change towards paper money.

Kelstern is an interesting character, he is not the hero we are used to, and yet he is no stranger to risk his own skin when necessary. But where he is most comfortable is behind a
A solid 4 stars!

This was such a fun book! You don't often read a fantasy novel involving dragons that don't include a ton of blood shed, violence, etc. The main character is a banker of all things and he ends up getting embroiled up to his eyeballs with intrigue, mayhem, and dreaded financial ruin. He mentions many times being more suited for the desk than for action, adventuring, and basically physical activity of any kind. And yet, he finds himself sailing, hiking, mountain climbing, crawling
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book earned a solid 3.5/5 stars from me- I simply cannot resist cleverly subverted tropes and this book was packed with them from the very premise. Never before have I read about a more unlikely fantasy hero than Sailor, the ironically named titular Banker, apart from the classic exception of Bilbo Baggins. I also just want to give massive praise to whoever designed the cover, because the art style is absolutely
Christi M
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
If you’ve ever read The Hobbit then you know that dragons are intelligent creatures filled with greed as they closely guard their hoard of treasure. But time doesn’t stand still even for dragons and countries will begin to modernize whether the dragons want them to or not. So, what is a dragon to do when gold is no longer accepted as payment for goods or services?

In Borreos, wizards are common, but dragon’s are not. In fact, the existence of dragons are thought to be almost laughable
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a background in finance and business
Dragon's Banker - 3.5/5

This book is a standalone novel that shares the same world as The Sorcerous Crimes Division (which I haven't read).

As someone with no interest (and only has limited/basic knowledge) in all things related to money, this book actually made finance and economics a bit more interesting. I suppose banking set in a world of fantasy with elves and dragons automatically makes financial investments much more interesting. I think young adults (or adults) who want to find a fun way
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, economics
So I got this as an ARC.

Of the six or so books I plan on reading this month (a couple of which are ARCs) - this intrigued me the most. I was genuinely impressed by the writing. Especially for a relatively new author, the book is well polished, with what seemed like the perfect length and a unique premise. (I guess a tip of the hat to the editor too).

Now for the unique premise - the author deigns to tell the story of an honest banker who somehow manages to get sucked into a dragon's (or multiple
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dragon's Banker by Scott Warren

For merchant banker Sailor Kelstern, money is everything. He's a walking embodiment of the Month Python Money Song. He has had a minor business setback with a very powerful Lord, which means his reputation is down but not out, but business goes on. And then a new client appears, asking him to manage the accounts of a very, very wealthy patron in the transition from hard currency to fiat based economy. The client, as you might have guessed from the title, really
Laura ☾
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Solid 4 stars

‘The world is not always a fair place especially in the world of finance’

The Dragon Banker's concept is rather unique, mixing fantasy with finance and economics. I never thought I’d have cause to mention Futures trading and dragons in the same sentence!

This book is thoroughly entertaining, with compelling characters, and an engaging and witty writing style, revolving around your not-so-typical fantasy protagonist (he's a banker for crying out loud).

Kelstern is a skeptic, down-to
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A combination of fantasy and finance, The Dragon's Banker was an interesting read. While it may not be something I reach for time and again, as the mix was a bit heavy on the finance side for my personal preferences, it was definitely different, while still remaining familiar in the fantasy side of things.

The characters were fabulous and well-written, the story a fun and fast read (surprising with all the economic talk!), and I really hope the author decides to return to this world. It's a
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After losing much of Lord Brackwaldt’s fortune, Sailor Kelstern, of Kelstern Merchant Banking, is stuck taking on risky ventures as the Royal Mint starts to roll out paper currency to replace the gold and silver, the currency of dragons. When Sailor is hired by a dragon to ensure he remains the wealthiest being with the new money at the end of two years’ time, he has no choice but to work his hardest, create a company practically from scratch, and make sure it flourishes. Unfortunately, someone ...more
The author of this book set out to do something difficult - tell an interesting story about a merchant banker in a fantasy setting - and, in my view, achieved it. I kept wanting to get back to reading it, which is an excellent sign. It helps that the banker in question is atypically honest, and, despite his frequent protestations, generous to others.

It's a kind of riches-to-rags-to-riches story, though the rags are relative rather than absolute. For a long time, I was thinking it was going a
Katrin (readwithkatrin)
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
ARC provided by the author/publisher through NetGalley

The Good

-Unique plot with the most unlikely protagonist. Fantasy (dragons) with finance and a merchant banker for a main character. I didn’t think that would make a fun read but this book proves that it can be fun
-Very likable characters who just want to earn a profit while doing the things they like doing
-Sailor Kelstern, our main character, uses his wits to fight his enemies rather than force
-Just when you think everything’s going very
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and enjoyable read. How do dragons react when society switches to Fiat currency and their vast holds become basically worthless? Read it and find out.

It left me wanting for more. :)
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Published by: Scott Warren (Self-Published)
Genre: Fantasy (Economic Adventure!)
Pages: 255
Format: e-book
Review/Purchased Copy: Provided through NetGalley, in return for an honest review.

Sailor Kestern is a fine banker in an unenviable position. His former client, a nobleman by the name of Brackwaldt, has it out for him and that’s made business difficult. So difficult in fact, Sailor’s prospects in the capital of Borreos are looking
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f
I really enjoyed Vick's Vultures by Scott Warren, and this book looked interesting and humorous. I am glad I gave it a go.

The story is of Sailor Kelstern, a merchant banker in the kingdom of Borreos. The kingdom is converting from gold and silver coinage to paper bank notes. The local dragon (who most people do not realize is there) catches wind of this plan, and, concerned that his hoard of precious metals and gems will be devalued, engages Sailor Kelstern to ensure he is still rich in terms of
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf

ARC received from Netgalley

DNF @ 28%

Very much an "it's me, not you" situation. This wasn't a bad book. The writing style was fine, the characters likeable, and the concept pretty interesting. I really like when authors try to do something new with fantasy, especially with the more mundane, slice-of-life side of things, which was why this book caught my eye. However, I should have been more wary of the fact this story is about a banker. Finance and economics in the real world make my brain hurt,
Shelby Bollen
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As this follows an accountant/banker in fantasy setting, it has one of the most unique main character POVs I’ve experienced in a fantasy. Sadly this was the only thing that stood out for me, as the rest was a tad boring!
There was a real lack of world building, which was desperately needed considering the main character would discuss places and people quite often. On a more positive note, it is a quick read - a rare find in the world of fantasy.

Overall I found it a little disappointing but it
Paul Calhoun
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Martin
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun for economics

How interesting can you make a book about fantasy economy? Pretty interesting, considering the source material. It never put me to sleep and the main character is the kind to root for!
tim t dawes
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry it ended

I thought this could be a good series, I'm really sad that it was only a stand alone book. I wish there was more
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable even if there isn't bloody battles and action. The protagonist using his wits to adapt and overcome obstacles is extremely refreshing.
Honor-Marie Watchman
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book about a human banker and a family of dragons set on proving that all other species are greedy for money but are surprised when Sailor Kelstern shows them that not everyone wants profit for themselves

I gave this 5 stars because the narration of Sailor's thoughts throughout the book were something different to read but also entertaining and made me want to keep reading. There was always something happening on each page that pulled you into the story even more like you were also
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sailor Kelstern is a banker in a land of nobles, elves, dwarfs, but no dragons. At least that is what everyone knows. Sailor learns differently when approached by a lady with an offer that he cannot refuse - turn a dragon's hoard into banknotes so that the Dragon can continue to prosper and his wealth increase. But he is hounded by a nobleman who feels slighted by him, he has to carefully skirt the law, every venture seems to go wrong in some way and yet he persists and manages to make a triumph ...more
Jayasri KS
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
*** Received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ***
Are you bored of reading regular fantasy novels with the same type of setting?
Are you looking for fantasy fiction with a different mood and setting?
Then this one is for you.
I loved every single thing about 'The Dragon's Banker". Right from the setting to its plot everything's immaculate.
The writing style made it easier to read the book even if you do not know the working of the world in this book.
This is one book where the
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**Disclaimer: I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

The Dragon's Banker sets out to create a world where we follow a merchant/banker/financier in a fantasy setting and I think the author really achieved this.

Of course, this is where I find myself straying from the other 4 to 5- star reviews, only because, personally, I cannot follow business/finance talk. I started to zone out and found myself skimming the pages or forgetting what I just read.

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