August 11, 2016

Book Review: Fire, Wings and Claws by Kiran Damera

Fire, Wings and Claws

Author: Kiran Damera
Publisher: Kiwi Books
Rating: 2.5/5

Meet Ian Rogers and Drake Williams of the Broadway County, your quintessential, typical American kids on a ride worth of the mighty life itself. Travel through the first installment of the series through the land of Scyrin dwelled by the wise elves, diligent dwarfs and the generous men. Witness the kids confront their destiny deep in the ruins of Schweringard, facing a mortal threat larger than that for their age, for their secret friend remains the king of all- the Scarlet dragon.

My opinion
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

‘Fire, Wings and Claws’ is a fantasy treat for the mind. The author has taken care to cater to the reading interests of the target audience. This book is suited for those who still love to get zoned out and live in a cloud-cuckoo land. Yes, this book has the potential to blow away the cobwebs, for it has elements of mystery, adventure, and magic. The inclusion of imaginary (that is what I believe) dwarfs, elfs and dragons is very interesting.

Coming to the technical details, the cover of the book is way too plain. More dramatization or animation would have been better. The blurb is short but not crisp. The main/ central idea of the plot was not conveyed successfully through it. The font (style, size) is okay. Since I was given the eBook, print quality is unknown to me.

The plot is strong and gripping but the lengthy monologues act as a turn off. There are minimal dialogues and the extensive descriptions break the flow of reading. Some ideas sounded familiar; they reminded me of the fabulous fantasy movies/ books- Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Narnia. But it is not wrong to get inspired, right?

The major drawback is the negligence shown towards editing and proof-reading of the book. There are too many grammatical errors, right from punctuation to tenses.

Disclaimer: The more you try to find logic behind the plot, the more boring the plot becomes. So, grab this book to enjoy a hearty yet magical story.

Best wishes to the author!

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