03 April 2010

Dragons of Darkness; Antonia Michaelis

Dragons of Darkness Dragons of Darkness by Antonia Michaelis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting fantasy about a boy, Christopher, who lives in the shadow of his older, popular, athletic, intelligent, wonderful brother Arne. When Arne is taken hostage by Maoists, er, make that insurgents in Nepal, Christopher decides to learn everything he can about the country and wishes he could save his brother.

Suddenly, he's there, in Kathmandu, making the acquaintance of Jumal, the invisible heir to the throne. Together, they go hunting for the Mao, uh, insurgents and Arne, and on their way give rise to many rumors and strange occurences (like the invisible bridge). They also meet Niya, one of the insurgents, and during their time in the training camps each changes in ways that will effect the rest of their lives. Oh, and did I forget to mention the color-eating dragons?

I can't say more because of spoilers, but will say I did like the book up through the last part. Sometimes the coincidences just seemed too piled on, as though the author were trying to make it clear that Here Lies Allegory and Here Lies Fairy Tale. The last scenes in Nepal just felt implausible (if one can say that about a fantasy!), knocking this from a four to a three-star review.

ARC provided by publisher.

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