Dragons Vs. Drones
March 15, 2016
Marcus Brimley was just four years old when his CIA analyst father went missing and the world branded him a traitor. Eight years later, searching for clues to find his father and prove his innocence, Marcus breaks a complex code that sends him shooting through a storm into an alternate realm . . . but he didn't travel alone. When Marcus lands in this new world, Dracone, he finds that he has been followed by government drones. And they're out to destroy Marcus and all of Dracone.
While fleeing the drones, Marcus meets Dree, a 12-year-old Draconian girl who comes from a family of dragon riders. Dree explains to Marcus that while humans and dragons used to be friends, Dracone's new prime minister has turned them into enemies, with humans hunting dragons for sport and dragon-riding families like Dree's pushed to the poorer outskirts of the city.
But the drones are firing on both the dragons and the people of Dracone. Soon, Marcus and Dree discover that they must get help from the dragons if they want to stop an all-out war that will leave the incredible realm of Dracone decimated.
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King, author of The Vindico series, as well as The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! can pen fantastic scenes of action, and he incorporates both medieval and science fiction elements to good effect. Dree's friendship with Lourdvang, as well as her ability to ride him and not get burned, nicely complements her accomplishments as a blacksmith, and Marcus shows that his skills at video games can be used to save the day. The Dree's willingness to help Marucs without asking too many questions when he plummets from the sky, combined with Marcus' blithe acceptance of a world rife with dragons allows the reader to quickly sink into the fantastic world of Dracone.
There are a few other books that combine technology with mythical creatures: Savage's Fires of Invention or Diana Wynne Jone's Dark Lord of Derkholm make good follow up reads to this world-spanning novel until the next book in this series comes out.
I could have done without Marcus being bullied in his own world. It's such an overdone trope in fantasy literature. Maybe more sports players would read fantasy if they sometimes saw themselves represented on the pages!
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