• Dragon Ascending

  • Vanir Dragon Series, Book 1
  • By: Amy Beatty
  • Narrated by: Christopher Dukes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Dragon Ascending

By: Amy Beatty
Narrated by: Christopher Dukes
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Publisher's Summary

"Extraordinarily entertaining and innovative." (Orson Scott Card, author of Ender's Game)

A perilous quest, to find the missing king, and win the heart of a beautiful princess. What could possibly go wrong?

Edrik, son of the murdered Drake regent, never gained his dragon magic and cannot shapeshift into his dragon form. Unfit to marry his love, the Princess Lissara, Edrik embarks on a dangerous mission to prove himself worthy. He seeks Lissara's missing father, the dragon king, before an enemy usurps the throne. 

Unfortunately, the search for the king brings Edrik to a dungeon located in human territory. Inside the prison, Edrik discovers the missing king, whose captors are unaware of his true identity. Edrik must rely on a grubby young dungeon keeper to help them escape without disclosing that his companion is the dragon king. But the dungeon keeper has a secret identity as well, one that will change Edrik's destiny forever.

©2018 Amy Beatty (P)2019 Immortal Works

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A different dragon story.

Dragon Ascending was a very entertaining book. It is a different dragon story, the dragons in this book can take human form or more accurately they can change from human form to dragon form which I have not seen very often in most other stories. The characters are very interesting especially Mudge. The story mainly follows the characters or Mudge and Edrick(Rolf). Mudge is a young dungeon keeper who is much different than you would expect. Edrick is a drake which is a dragon in their human form he is on a quest and has been imprisoned in Mudge's dungeon. They develop an interesting relationship along with the other prisoners of Grubbarch(Styg) and Finn(Other Dragon). An interesting journey soon ensues and their is quite a bit of action, romance, humor and danger. There is much more to it and quite a few surprise twists along the way but I don't want to give anything away.

I would definitely recommend the book it was very fun and entertaining. There is a bit more romance than some people might like but my main complaint with it is how oblivious some of the characters are to each others feelings but that is often the case in these types of stories. The narration of Christopher Duke was excellent and I really enjoyed his voice and accent, my only minor complaint is he takes a lot of deep breaths between sentences which if you actually notice and focus on can be distracting, but it really is minor and if you aren't OCD and don't zone in on it is almost not even noticeable.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Great Take On Dragons A Bit Too Much Romance

The world that the author is creating in this book is one where dragons have a human form and can "ascend" into dragon form. I thought the book started off a bit slow but it picks up around chapter 6. A bit too much romance for my liking but I stuck it out since I enjoyed the story overall. I thought the narrator did a good job of giving each character a distinct and compelling voice. However, the narrator did repeat lines but this only happens 2-4 times at most from what I remember, so it didn't affect the overall flow of the storyline. I think this series has potential and if you like dragons and romance I'd recommend it.

DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wait, what? It's over? But I want more!

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Let's start with the bad first, to get it out of the way. The recording sometimes phased in and out and wasn't masterfully edited. Sometimes he resaid something in a different way but the first way wasn't edited out. Toward the end, there were sound issues, but I could always hear everything. I do think the book is better suited for print in general, due to the descriptions. For example, the sizes of the dragons and some of the scene descriptions were there, but at the speed of audio it was hard to visualize what was being described. But this really only applied when they didn't spend much time in a location. The more time spent, the fuller my image was.

Now onto the good stuff! I loved this book and can't wait to share it with my wife. I didn't expect this to be a fantasy romance, and at first I was a little confused about the dynamic between the two, but that was clearly intentional. I loved the reveal in the middle and sometimes I wanted to shout "no, you idiot!" or "just tell her!" But the inner world of each character is so well defined that it makes complete sense why they act the way they do, and it's relatable. This is a strongly character-driven story, and I absolutely love that.

The climax was a little too fast in my opinion. I got distracted for a few seconds and totally missed the "end". I thought "wait, what?" I also didn't pay enough attention to character descriptions at the beginning because I didn't realize that Mudge was black... So again, I think reading would have been better for this book, but I mean that in a good way. The vocabulary and word use was intricate, and that doesn't lend itself to audio. But I definitely enjoyed the book and plan to listen to it again and then buy any sequels that come out. I can't wait for the next one!

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Riveting and Captivating

I really can't say enough good things about this book. I never wanted to stop listening to it. Excellent story line, wonderful narration and I loved the ending. I wish there were more books to this.

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Delightful!

This was such an entertaining story! So many surprises and outstanding character and world development. The narration was so superb that when he read the credits at the end it jarred me a little to hear his real name as he was so convincing as the voice of the characters. Can’t wait to read the next one!

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DARK SEEKING THE LIGHT DRAGON FANTASY

STORYLINE IS GOOD AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

ACCEPTABLE FOR MATURE TEENS AUDIENCE AND OLDER. HAS SOME DARK, GORY AND PRIMEVAL SENCES

NARRATOR, CHRISTOPHER DUKES IS GOOD AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

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fantastic book fantastic narrator

I devoured this book nearly in one setting.IT is EXCELLENT!! I seriously don't have a single comment beyond that. Everything about it was well done, entertaining, imaginative and heart rending. and I typically dislike stories about dragons. You all should read this.

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Great Series Starter

The narrator brought this book to life and kept me listening. The writing style was easy to follow and kept me entertained. A great job by both author and narrator.

I received a copy of this Audiobook and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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OMG loved it

This was such an amazing story. Great characters & many surprises that you won't see coming. Thre0e dragons are caught & put in the dungeon. Mudge has the job of dungeon keeper & tends to the prisoners and their ailments. Mudge befriends them & they convince Mudge to help them escape. One of them is the king & he must return to his lands and stop his queen from marrying another. Once she does this the new king can steel his magic. Mudge is scared because he knows that if they are caught after escaping he will be killed. After Mudge thinks it over he does help them because he has a very important secret of his own & he needs to leave before it is discovered. This story will keep you turning the pages. Great story & I hope there will be more to come.

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Fantasy seems to be hit or miss for me. In the case of Dragon Ascending, I don’t want to call it boring, it was very slow and not all that memorable or interesting.

The entire time I was listening to Dragon Ascending, I felt like I was in a greater fantasy world, but zoomed in on a group of side characters and their slow, meandering, uninteresting story. I was more interested in the stories the characters told each other than I was in the main characters.

The narrator was great overall, but he did say the word “sawr”. If you read any of my reviews, you’ll know I often rant about narrators who can’t pronounce basic words, add or remove letters to them, and how insufferable I find it.

I don’t think this is a bad book, I just don’t know who I’d recommend it to. I doubt kids would have the attention span to listen to this story and adults would likely have 100 other options that would have them far more invested from the very start.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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  • 05-20-20

Great narrator, good book.

A good fantasy and interesting world. Amazing narration which truly brought it to life. It was a pleasure to listen to.