Publication date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Nicole Conway
What They Say:
Can one boy stand between two kingdoms at war?
Jaevid Broadfeather has grown up as a wartime refugee, hiding from the world because of his mixed racial heritage. He feels his future is hopeless, until a chance encounter with a wild dragon lands him in Blybrig Academy—a place usually forbidden to anyone but the rich and royal. But Jaevid’s case is special; no dragon has voluntarily chosen a rider in decades, so the proud riders of Blybrig must begrudgingly let him join their brotherhood despite his bloodline. Lieutenant Sile Derrick, a sternly tempered man with a mysterious past, becomes his instructor and immediately takes a peculiar interest in Jaevid’s future.
While struggling through the rigorous physical demands of training, things begin to go awry. Jaevid witnesses the king’s private guards kidnapping Sile in the dead of night. When none of the elder riders are willing to help him, Jaevid begins a dangerous adventure to save his instructor.
Everything Jaevid learned at the academy will now be put to the ultimate test.
What I Say:
I would like to thank Month9books and Nicole Conway for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I started this book in the flight back from Sharm El Sheikh and I couldn't put it down.
Jaevid is half while elf and half human he is hated by both sides. Jaevid never felt he fit in anywhere, he was protected by his mum up till her death when he was 12. Thrown with his human father and his step family he was always on the outside, until his father takes him to where the dragon riders are trained, here he meets a wild dragon and they build a bond.
Jaevid is sponsored by Sile in the academy, having a perchanct to get into trouble at every turn he meets Felix and they become firm friends. Here starts a fantastic adventure where the two learn about friendship and trust.
The book would be aimed at a younger audience than myself but I loved the adventure and the characters were easily believeable. I get the feeling there is a lot lot more to come from this series of books and I am looking forward to book 2. Book 1 was tied off nicely but left me certainly with some unanswered questions.
If you like a fantasy read that isn't tied down with too much sex, being a young or older reader this is for you, nicely written from a young males POV, It is refreshingly different with, elves and dragons along the way.
4.5 out of 5 stars
ABOUT NICOLE CONWAY:
Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.
I tried to smile for her. I tried to show her some optimism. But we’d be in our twenties before her father let her take on any authority in his smithing business, and even then, I wasn’t sure blacksmithing was my calling. It required physical strength, which I clearly didn’t have.
“Thanks, Katty.” I squeezed her hand back.
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Giveaway Information: Winner will be drawn May 31, 2014
· Four (4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Fledgling by Nicole Conway (INT)
· Five (5) winners will receive a paperback copy of Fledgling by Nicole Conway (US/Canada)
· One (1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Fledgling by Nicole Conway AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)