Becoming The Dragon

IMG-1643Step into a world of orc, elves, gnomes, and dragons with Alex Sapegin’s Becoming the Dragon. Andrew is a normal sixteen-year-old who isn’t so normal after his electrifying accident two years prior. Suddenly, technology doesn’t really like his presence. He hasn’t really felt himself. And fate is about to make that even worse as he is suddenly thrown into an entirely different world. Even in this new world, he’s unique.

While I enjoyed Sapegin’s storytelling, I had a difficult time being pulled into this book until the very end. The writing was very choppy and had little flow. Among the choppiness, I was distracted by the many repetitive sentences as well as some misspellings. However, I’m chalking this up to the translation process. Becoming the Dragon was first published in Russian and has since been brought over to the U.S. in order to allow American readers to enjoy some modern Russian literature. Fantasy lovers will thoroughly fall in love with this story, if they can overlook some of the technical problems.

I received this book from Smith Publicity, Inc. for review.

The Bear and The Nightingale

25489134._UY1000_SS1000_This book has intrigued me for quite some time. I’ve heard some good things about it and was excited to finally add it to my list.

Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale is the first book in the Winternight Trilogy. The Bear and The Nightingale is set in Russia, where winters are hard and household demons run rampant. Vasilisa is the last born of her mother, and just like her mother she carries magic in her blood. She can see and speak with the wood spirits, the river goddess and even the vazila in the horsestables. But her stepmother is a Christian woman who fears the old gods and tries to bring her husband’s lands under a Christian rule. But in doing so, she puts everyone in danger. It’s up to Vasya to save her people and discover who she really is with the help of an unlikely alliance.

Arden weaves a tale of literary beauty and fantasy. While each character has about four different names, which can make it a bit difficult to keep track of them all, the story itself is beautifully written. Perfect for a winter read. I easily fell in love with the characters and the flow of the story had me staying up way past bedtime in order to finish another chapter. I highly recommend picking up The Bear and The Nightingale and I’m excited to read the second installment of the Winternight Trilogy.