The Dragon Round: ARC Review

The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: None
Format: e-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He follows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. When a monstrous dragon attacks the Comber, his surviving crew, vengeful and battle-worn, decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance:” a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the shirts on their backs to survive.Marooned and fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion discover that the island they’ve landed on isn’t quite as deserted as they originally thought. They find a rare baby dragon that, if trained, just might be their ticket off the island. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, he begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his life will never be the same again. In order for justice to be served, he’ll have to take it for himself.

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for granting me access to this title in exchange for an honest review.

Dragons? Sailing? Marooned on a deserted island? Those words would normally make a reader think the book was going to be exciting, but in this case, it was not true at all. The book was doing ok up until 63%, and then it took a huge nosedive.

When I started this book, it seemed like it would ok. I really enjoyed the parts on Jeryon's ship and then when he and Everlyn got marooned on the island. Then they find the dragon and I'm thinking, "Ok, it's going to get really exciting now!" They train this dragon to listen to them, which is awesome! Jeryon even rides the dragon. But then Jeryon gets the bright idea to attack a former crew member's ship and it slowly begins it's descent into crap.

Jeryon is so obsessed with revenge that it got tiresome reading about it. He could live on this island which is essentially a paradise with the woman he may or may not like, plus their TRAINED dragon, but he decides to wreak havoc on those that did him wrong. Don't get me wrong, I understand revenge. But he had a good thing going on that island. Life could have been perfect. Nope, not for Jeryon. He has to run off to Hanoshi leaving the injured "poth" behind. What could possibly go wrong, right?!

Anyway, the Hanoshi parts were ridiculously boring. There was WAY too much info-dumping for any book. The way power wrote his POV's was not good at all. One paragraph would be one characters, and then in the next paragraph it would be another character. You know what I liked? Chapters for each POV, not certain paragraphs. It got way too hard to follow once Jeryon arrived in Hanosh.

That wasn't even the worst part. PLOT HOLES GALORE! How did the poth get off the island with the lone survivor of the attack? Who found them? What did Jeryon do when he first got into the city? What happened to Livion after his FIL had him arrested? There were just too many questions with this book. It was all over the place, and not in a good way.

I was also not impressed with the characterization. There was little development from any of the many characters. Too much time was spent on insignificant secondary characters which could have been used to flesh out the main characters.

Don't even get me started on that ending.

The only reason I am rating this a 2-star is because Stephen Power is obviously a talented writer. I liked this world and would liked to have read more about it, but things just got too crazy and boring.


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