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Title: The Dragons of Dorcastle
Series: Pillars of Reality
Author: Jack Campbell
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
The Mechanics Guild and the Mages Guild have run of the known world. And they hate each other and teach their acolytes to act as if the other guild is nothing but a fraud.
So what happens when a young Mage and a young Mechanic have to rely on each other to survive? Why, this excellent story is what happens.
I really like Jack Campbell's SF. So I wasn't sure what to expect when I realized he'd started another series that was SF, Fantasy, Steampunk'ish and YA. I went into this with almost zero expectations of enjoying it and not a little trepidation.
Thankfully, I enjoyed myself immensely.
A lot of adventure, a lot of action, lots of hints about big bad things in the Future and a nice little bit of teens falling in love for the first time. That can be real nice if handled with a deft hand and not with buckets of emotional slop.
I'd really like to write more because I had such a fun time reading this. But honestly, I don't feel the need to express WHY I enjoyed something. I simply note that I did enjoy it. Now, the opposite isn't true. If I don't enjoy something, there is a much better chance of me detailing the WHY of that. I know part of it is that I don't need to remember why I liked a book, just that I did. I do like to know why I didn't like a book however, as in most cases in 10 or 15 years I forget what the book was about and if the premise sounds interesting, I need to know why not to try it again. Sometimes my mind is a funny place.
Looking forward to the already written sequel already.