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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Cynthia Payne's "The Last Dragon Princess"

Cynthia Payne's "The Last Dragon Princess"

Man, it feels like its been forever since I’ve finished a book. But here we are! First book review of the year for me. I’ve had quite a 2018, and I’ve lined 2019 up to be even better. More on that in a later post though. Here, I’ll be diving into The Last Dragon Princess.

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So, for those who know me, they know I adore dragons. Like its crazy how much I love them. Borderline obsessive even. So, you give me a book centered around them, and you’ve got a book that I’ll stick it out with you. Even if the going gets a little tough. Well, The Last Dragon Princess (LDP from here on out), is one of those books.

LDP centers around our titular character, Danu, a Breeder whose role is to birth forth new Warriors (male members of the society who can shift into dragons). She’s of age, as are the newest (and almost last) batch of Warriors, and this coming of age ceremony comes with an all new caveat. Danu must choose the next King as her husband in order to usher in one last generation of defense against the oppressive “Creators.” Danu cares little about anything more than she cares for her people and her duty to those people. To see her journey from a meek, polite Breeder, to her ending role is such a ride.

I will say that the romantic possibilities presented in the book are a bit underwhelming, due to the lack of efficient fleshing out. I didn’t care enough about a lot of the characters, because I didn’t learn enough about them. There are quite a few presented, but not enough time to get to them all. So, when injuries, or deaths occur, the impact is lost on me.

However, the dragons and their powers are interesting. The lore and world-building, while a bit exposition-dumpy at times, is engaging as well. The mixture of Greek mythology and new mythology is different. It was fun to learn more about the all-powerful “Creators,” and their motions. Will I return if there is a sequel? Honestly, I’m not too sure. The pacing was a little slow, and the characters didn’t click with me enough that I feel pressed to continue to follow them. I did enjoy the ride for the most part though.

Until we dive into another world folks!

2018 in Review: Film & TV

2018 in Review: Film & TV