June 3, 2011

Redheart by Jackie Gamber

Redheart is book one of The Leland Dragon Series.

Once dragons and humans worked in harmony to secure peace upon the lands.  However, all good things come to an end when the humans begin to betray the dragons.  Raping the land of all its resources and leaving blackened husks in their wake, the humans want more and the dragons have had enough.  Enter the manipulation of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon council leader, whose only reason for breathing is to incorporate war upon the lands.

Kallon Redheart is the last of his kind, after witnessing the murder of his parents, he goes into seclusion, turning his back on his fellow dragons and disappearing into obscurity. 

Riza Diantus is a young lady who has had enough of abuse at home and decides to run away and begin her own life.  Before she gets far, however, she is almost raped, but is saved by Kallon, who happened to be flying by at the time.

Jastin Artimage is a dragon hunter for hire.  He has come to Leland province to ensure that war breaks out amongst the dragons and the humans.  His agenda is being directed by other parties and his will isn't truly his own, other than his immense hatred of all things dragon.

Together they are drawn into a web of deceit where only the strong survive.

I found this novel to be quite mesmerizing!  I really enjoyed the characters and found it quite interesting to read the book from a dragon's point of view.  The novel is told in third person by many of the characters involved and you just cannot help but want to continue reading.  All the characters are believable as is the plot, and the flow only becomes a bit choppy near the end of the novel.

The friendship between human Riza and dragon Kallon was enjoyable to watch unfold.  I must say that the ending though a bit predictable, there were very few ways for it to go, was very well written, and wasn't a disappointment.  The scenery was extremely stimulating and the narrative prose had just the right blend of adjectives and imagery.  The hidden agenda with Jastin added just the right touch of mystery and the reader is never sure where Jastin's actions are going to lead him.

I did have a small problem with some of the flow, like I mentioned, there was one point where Jastin is climbing a mountain, following a trail of blood, but he shouldn't have been able to do that, for it was mentioned that the injured party made great pains NOT to lead anyone back to their hiding place, so I don't know how Jastin found said blood trail leading him to where it did!  They were already healed by the time they ended up in the hiding place for Jastin to "find".  There were one or two other places that this occurred but I don't think its too much of a hindrance with the read.

Redheart is a real page turner, author Jackie Gamber has done a wonderful job with a great back story, strong back characters and has just the right amount of humour and horror mixed in~!!  I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels involving dragons, the book often reminded me of some of our Dungeons & Dragons games, I could almost hear the die rolling~!!  I am truly looking forward to the next book in The Leland Dragon series~!!

SYNOPSIS:
Kallon Redheart lives with his back turned on his fellow dragons, on humans, and on everything he once understood. Riza Diantus is a young woman with dreams too wide to fit inside her village fence. Their unexpected friendship is risky in Leland Province, where drought has stripped the land and superstition has cowed its people. And the danger only grows. Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, resents Leland's time-worn venur system. He has inflamed tensions between dragons and humans to the brink of war. He wants to trample humans into utter submission, or wipe them off the face of the land. Anger erupts, scorching innocent lives in its path. When Riza is threatened, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. But first, he must confront his past and the future he stopped believing in. He must claim his destiny.
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