Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell
Since I skimmed a major part of this book, I am not going to write a summary of it, and instead will take the one from Goodreads:
For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will stop at nothing to defeat her.
Mari is a brilliant young Mechanic, just out of the Guild Halls where she has spent most of her life learning how to run the steam locomotives and other devices of her Guild. Alain is the youngest Mage ever to learn how to change the world he sees with the power of his mind. Each has been taught that the works of the other’s Guild are frauds. But when their caravan is destroyed, they begin to discover how much has been kept from them.
As they survive danger after danger, Alain discovers what Mari doesn’t know—that she was long ago prophesized as the only one who can save their world. When Mari reawakens emotions he had been taught to deny, Alain realizes he must sacrifice everything to save her. Mari, fighting her own feelings, discovers that only together can she and Alain hope to stay alive and overcome the Dragons of Dorcastle.
I now know that steampunk is definitely not my cup of tea. I read Levitation last year and did not like it at all. I was really hoping that this would redeem the genre for me, but unfortunately it didn't. I just can't reimagine history like that, it's just impossible for me. I'm sort of a history nerd, so reading steampunk just sort of irritates me.
One of the two main characters, Alain, just got on my nerves. He was arrogant and cocky, and seemed to boss everyone around constantly. In real life I hate people like that and try to avoid them as much as possible and that is true in books too.
I really had trouble imagining this world and remembering the names for things. I ended up skimming most of the book and it really didn't make me feel any emotions. For this reason I can only give this one star.
I hate giving books one star, but I really couldn't give this one anything else.
***Thank you Goodreads and Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc for giving me the opportunity to read this book.***
Thanks for reading!