The Last Dragon Slayer

The Last Dragon SlayerImperial Wizard Saul Karza Has A Problem He Has To Kill An Invulnerable Dragon And He S Left His Army At Home There S Only One Thing That Will Turn His Fatal Failure Into Survivable Success The Last Dragon Slayer Saul Karza, Wizard Of The Empire, Has Been Given A Quest By The Empress Herself To Find And Slay A Mythical Noble Dragon Said To Be Near Invulnerable Instead Of Leading A Large Band Of Soldiers, Archers And Spell Casters, He Sets Out With Two Immigrant Dock Workers And A Homeless Dwarf What Saul Needs Is The Legendary Last Dragon Slayer On His Side, Because On This Deadly Quest It S Not Only Saul S Favour With The Empress That S At Stake But Also His LifeThe Deathsworn Arc Series Deathsworn Arc The Last Dragon SlayerDeathsworn Arc The Verkreath HorrorDeathsworn Arc The Blood Queen A wizard, a dwarf, an elf, a dark elf, and three humans walk into a bar Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn t it But it really happens in The Last Dragon Slayer They re an unusual collection of creatures who work together to reach their shared goal to slay a Noble Dragon It feels like a modern cross over between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit in the beginning, which is why I keep comparing this story to Tolkien s, but the author added his own spin to it That was not a A wizard, a dwarf, an elf, a dark elf, and three humans walk into a bar Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn t it But it really happens in The Last Dragon Slayer They re an unusual collection of creatures who work together to reach their shared goal to slay a Noble Dragon It feels like a modern cross over between the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit in the beginning, which is why I keep comparing this story to Tolkien s, but the author added his own spin to it That was not always a good thing, which I will explain in a bit, but it was a damn good effort.P.S This dragon battle is superior in every single way.I didn t like the female character, Vashni the elf, much Yes, she is strong, but sometimes she comes across as a spoiled brat, even a bully She enjoys humiliating others for the sake of entertaining herself, because everything is boring She takes a buff warrior and literally turns him into her bitch she takes away his sight and hearing, makes him kiss her boot, has him act as her handmaiden, the list is endless Worst of all, he actually allows all this because he has the hots for her She trains him to be a better warrior in return, and teaches him to defend himself against mental intrusion, but that still doesn t take away the fact that she was a bit of a bitch I felt like the story focussed way too much on Vashni s training of Korhan, and not enough on the other characters.My feelings toward Saul, the wizard, were perfectly voiced by VashniI was beginning to think your title of wizard was a ceremonial one, granted to you for your excellent beard growing and the fact that long robes become you Now we re ready to face Thrax, I find it reassuring that your magical abilities extend beyond juggling apples and pulling flowers from your sleeveOkay, so I appreciated Vashni sometimes At least she wasn t afraid to voice her opinion Saul is supposed to be this great wizard and I was really excited about him, but he didn t start showing promise until 86% in He didn t really bring anything to the story except that he was the one who started the quest I m hoping to see him come to lifein the sequel, and have him show some true power Vashni did a whole lotmagic than Saul.I was very intrigued by Brael, the dark elf The group saves him from being executed in the beginning, after which we learn that he is in fact cursed and can therefore not perform magic or speak The Truth What that is, I still don t know for sure, but I m looking forward to that curse being lifted, because I think Brael could be very badass when he s able to wield magic.I also wanted to knowabout Votrex, our dwarf I realise this is only the first part in a series and we ve only gotten an introduction, so we ll likely still get an intricate view of these characters pasts, but I still would ve liked to knowby now I couldn t really mourn for the characters who died, because I didn t get to know them well enough, which was a pity.My favourite part was obviously the dragon bit I was intrigued from the very beginning when it became clear that they were off to slay a dragon They even teamed up with Silus, the last person alive to have battled a dragon When the Lord of the Rings feeling faded to make room for the Vashni Korhan story in the middle, I couldn t help but be disappointed Luckily, it picked up again at the end, and the battle was a lot better than that disappointing thing at the end of The Hobbit This battle scene actually lived up to its build up.It s different from other high fantasy books in the sense that it s very talky The bulk of the story consists of our characters conversing with each other as they ride to the town where the dragon is reigning There isn t a lot of talk about their surroundings, or four pages discussing trees I m looking at you, Tolkien , which kept the pace going for me That s not to say some characters didn t need to put a sock in it coughVASHNIcough , but I liked the writing style.Overall, I thought it was a pretty decent start to an up to now very fun series, and I can t wait to see what happens next All I had to be told was that there was a dragon in this book Dragons are just well my thing I love reading the different interpretations of this creature And this book did not disappoint It was fun and had a great adventure, reminiscent, in ways, of other books that I have enjoyed, like Lord of the Rings I can t wait to read the rest of the series and find out just WHAT is going to happen next.Note I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Re read again I didn t actually read the latest version because I don t have that in paperback I think in hindsight it was a good thing to hire pro editor Mike Rose Steel The work we did on this book was definitely worthwhile and though this version is good, it does have it s flaws Re read again August 2016 I wanted to re read this to see how the series flows into the first 30,000 words of book 5 which I m currently working on I like this book, I think it s a great book, but I also think Re read again I didn t actually read the latest version because I don t have that in paperback I think in hindsight it was a good thing to hire pro editor Mike Rose Steel The work we did on this book was definitely worthwhile and though this version is good, it does have it s flaws Re read again August 2016 I wanted to re read this to see how the series flows into the first 30,000 words of book 5 which I m currently working on I like this book, I think it s a great book, but I also think it could have been better I m sure my style has developed significantly since I wrote this I just hope everyone who reads it sees through the odd clunky sentence and continues the series I feel this book is just the tip of a really huge iceberg The story I m telling is only hinted at in this book and you don t really get to know the characters very well In some respects I wonder if book 1 2 would make a better book I ve started reading book 2 and really enjoyed the depiction of a plague infested town The characters starting to gel is really satisfying too Still, book 1 is a perma free, I am considering moving back to paid I don t know If I wrote this again, I don t think I d change the story much, but I d change the writing in places I am glad I worked with Mike on this, I just read the version just prior to working with Mike Rose Steel and I can remember some of the major changes we made and they were all good Onto a re read of book 2 Re read again I didn t actually read the latest version because I don t have that in paperback I think in hindsight it was a good thing to hire pro editor Mike Rose Steel The work we did on this book was definitely worthwhile and though this version is good, it does have it s flaws Re read again August 2016 I wanted to re read this to see how the series flows into the first 30,000 words of book 5 which I m currently working on I like this book, I think it s a great book, but I also think it could have been better I m sure my style has developed significantly since I wrote this I just hope everyone who reads it sees through the odd clunky sentence and continues the series I feel this book is just the tip of a really huge iceberg The story I m telling is only hinted at in this book and you don t really get to know the characters very well In some respects I wonder if book 1 2 would make a better book I ve started reading book 2 and really enjoyed the depiction of a plague infested town The characters starting to gel is really satisfying too Still, book 1 is a perma free, I am considering moving back to paid I don t know If I wrote this again, I don t think I d change the story much, but I d change the writing in places I am glad I worked with Mike on this, I just read the version just prior to working with Mike Rose Steel and I can remember some of the major changes we made and they were all good Onto a re read of book 2 Re read August 2017 I ve just read this back to back with Conan the Barbarian The Stories that Inspired the Movie you can check my review here Now I used to read The Savage Sword of Conan the Barbarian I have to say though, if you take Conan as the archetypal Sword and Sorcery character story Then I don t know if my own books are a good fit for the genre Why I don t think it s because they re bad, but because they re different YES There ARE swords and there IS sorcery However there isn t a near invulnerable, swarthy, super warrior, throwing wenches over his saddle and watching pretty much 90% of his comrades getting slaughtered I suspect the format of a Conan story ispalatable when read as a monthly short rather than a book full of shorts back to back The stories have a similar framework and become almost a little predictable, though Red Nails Included in the book I just read was an exception That really DID have a few genuine surprises I like this story, but I think if I d wanted to trad pub it, I would have had to have expanded it by 30,000 words and developed the characters of the rest of the partyAs it stands I think this is a really decent read for a Kindle, part one of series I DO think I can understand why it didn t get picked up by any of the agents or publishers I contacted about putting it into print I ve started reading Verkreath again now and this book flows very seemlessly into that I wonder if a monster, several part volume would be apublishable paperback, I need to see the whole story flows well into book 5 I m really keen to finally get book 5 published, I know a lot of people are waiting eagerly for it, but I d hate to put it out too early In many respects I wonder if producing a prequel to this story and putting it out as the first book to read, could be a good idea Why I like this book, but I m convinced my writing has improved massively since I wrote it I ve just signed up for Open University A363 Advanced Creative Writing I m sure the level two course brought my writing forwards and I m hoping this will do the same again I fear in one day, maybe after another twenty years of desperately trying to raise my game I might look back on this saga and think it s terrible I hope not, but that s a fear I harbour.October 2018 re read.Well, I finished A363 Advanced Creative Writing and got a Distinction That s quite impressive for a third year degree course I got 88% for my science fiction horror script and I m hoping to submit it to the BBC Writer s Room later this year I read this again, to fact check my short story Lady Death which I m hoping to publish soon, and to prepare to write Deathsworn Arc 6 Emergence Though I DO wonder if DSA6 should be the last one I ll see where the story takes me, but if it does finish the saga, then DSA6 will end up being called God Slayer.Will there beadventures in Torea Yes I don t know if it s a novel or a series, but I have a tale brewing centering around Fox Zaelwarsh So what did I think of this book I still like it, but I feel like I could write it better now The experience of writing 6 novels, dozens of short stories, scripts, plays and poems part of completing two 60 point University Creative Writing courses has improved my game I think I really think this is perhaps unsurprisingly the weakest book of the series Should I re write it No, I don t think so I like it, I think it s good But I think the rest of the series is better, FAR better I m still a strong advocate of just writing You can read about how to write novels and practise with short stories, and scenes and poems forever, but you ll still learn a lot when you try to write your first novel You ll learn evenwhen you write your second Martyn Stanley When I just started reading this book, in the very first pages, when the characters are being introduced, I was a bit skeptical of what was about to come The reason is that the main characters in this story are a mage, an elf, two barbarians, a human and a dwarf and I was afraid this would be another very inspired LOTR plot.But I went on reading, and once the gang was formed, the story took a very different course In this first book, the heroes go on a journey to kill a dragon which is harmi When I just started reading this book, in the very first pages, when the characters are being introduced, I was a bit skeptical of what was about to come The reason is that the main characters in this story are a mage, an elf, two barbarians, a human and a dwarf and I was afraid this would be another very inspired LOTR plot.But I went on reading, and once the gang was formed, the story took a very different course In this first book, the heroes go on a journey to kill a dragon which is harming a village During their journey, we learnabout the characters, but specially two of them, Korhan and Vashni a barbarian and a female elf They develop a very special relationship along the story, which keeps the reader very curious to know how this may evolve and eventually what the author has planned for these two.I think the character s voices could have been written in a bitdistinguishable way and I think the scene chapter where the bunch fights the dragon could have beenelaborated.The plot is however very engaging from the beginning to the end, keeping you entertained and curious during the read Wherever this group goes, they end up helping those they come across, making the reader captive discovering how they will solve these situations, in different towns and villages.For those who enjoy a good Fantasy series, this first book is very promising and will make you want to read the sequels The Last Dragon Slayer is my return to High Fantasy novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it Martyn Stanley s style of writing appeals to me in it s directness and non usage of typical High Fantasy flowery type language The characters were interesting Their interactions and relationships that developed were entertaining, especially the female elf Vashni and the male human Korhan I also enjoyed and appreciated the ethical and moral decisions that the characters made It was nice to see c The Last Dragon Slayer is my return to High Fantasy novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it Martyn Stanley s style of writing appeals to me in it s directness and non usage of typical High Fantasy flowery type language The characters were interesting Their interactions and relationships that developed were entertaining, especially the female elf Vashni and the male human Korhan I also enjoyed and appreciated the ethical and moral decisions that the characters made It was nice to see characters that didn t just go around maiming and stabbing things all willy nilly While I felt the fight scene with the Dragon could have been a little longer it is supposed to be an extremely difficult to kill creature right , it was written well All in all The Last Dragon Slayer has accomplished in way fewer pages what most take hundreds to achieve A very likable, and good read I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series Since I only made it to 60% of this book I can t write about its ending I rarely fail to finish a book but this one was just too much for me I won t recommend it but I won t totally crush it either there may be people out there that did like it.I liked the initial idea of the plot but it didn t seem to be going in the direction of the dragon anytime soon I didn t like the Elf female who appeared to be the main character If you were given the choice to have your senses removed one by one, Since I only made it to 60% of this book I can t write about its ending I rarely fail to finish a book but this one was just too much for me I won t recommend it but I won t totally crush it either there may be people out there that did like it.I liked the initial idea of the plot but it didn t seem to be going in the direction of the dragon anytime soon I didn t like the Elf female who appeared to be the main character If you were given the choice to have your senses removed one by one, would you let someone do that to you I wouldn t And that is why I failed to finish this book In my opinion, the barbarian would have to have been a prize numbskull to allow that violation Call me sentimental if you like but I couldn t deal with that.Hey I ve just realised, that s an emotional response Okay, so there is some basis for giving this 2 stars instead of 1 I may even go back to my Kindle in a year or so and complete it This book is the first in a series that I was asked to read and give my opinions on Well I finished it and I have mixed feelings about it To tell the truth, I expected it be less random than it turned out to be and, I dunno, I wanted the author to make me care about the characters, but unfortunately, with just 2 exceptions, I did not Which is a shame because if done well these characters would have been badass May contain spoilers Read at your own risk First off this book should have not This book is the first in a series that I was asked to read and give my opinions on Well I finished it and I have mixed feelings about it To tell the truth, I expected it be less random than it turned out to be and, I dunno, I wanted the author to make me care about the characters, but unfortunately, with just 2 exceptions, I did not Which is a shame because if done well these characters would have been badass May contain spoilers Read at your own risk First off this book should have not been called The Last Dragon Slayer pff, like there aren t any other dragons out there and Korhan s gonna be the only one who s gonna kill em all the title I am guessing does not refer to Silus by any chance, he s almost ignored after they leave Trest I think this book should have had a small subtitle at the bottom Korhan gets humiliated because that s what most of the plot revolved around at it was jarring to say the least, but I ll get to that a bit later.This book was too short, it did not explain enough, it just went in a liniar pattern and the things it showed such as culture and whatnot, but the rest was either repetitive or unimportant they bring up at least five times the discussion of what to do with a brain dumb bandit I had no fucks to give any by the time they were leaving Briem The races presented here are stereotypical on the good side we have humans that I believe are separated into normal humans, barbarian and wizards , dwarves, gravians or dark elves which I found quite interesting and the prerequisite elves and on the bad side we have dragons, orcs, trolls, goblins I mean no offence, but this seems like a really poor attempt at divesity, because I don t understand what they are all doing crammed in that tiny patch of land.Ok now, on to the characters Oh, boy I have to say from the get go, 70 % in the story I was feeling like I knew next to nothing about the characters In my oppinion there is no character development, except for one which is rather a downgrade Korhan is the one who gets character development, but in the negative sense of the word because he is downgraded, to a stableboy, workhorse, handmaiden and slave all in one, by guess who a woman ofc But not just any woman, a slender, feisty, elf woman that humiliates him just to better him.My sister gave me the clue and when I thought about it, I realised she was right, Vashni is a high functioning sociopath highly intelligent individual that does not empaphize with people unless they get something out of their relationship with said people and that look down on people, toying with them for their own amusement this is the very definition of Vashni She s a freaking high functioning sociopath No wonder I couldn t stand her She may have her strong moments, but my god, can she be a bitch And that happens most of the times.Saul is not the character I thought he would be I thought that, as hte leader of the group he would beauthoritative, both in and outside of it However he sthe negociable type and, as I said in one of my status messages, his way of handling some situations borders on Ned Stark stupidity.Of all the characters I wanted Brael to be the one the author focused on, him and his banishment and Martyn, you were really subtle with that There is no Kirkfell No Ishar and no halls of the afterlife thing, there goes your super secret truth down the drain I would have preffered to readabout him than about Vashni Korhan it would have been a welcoming change of subject.The rest of the characters are Votrex, Harald and Silus which I personally voted as Most likely to die at the end like i do in every midseason and season of The walking Dead Turns out I was 2 3 right Votrex lives, but he is rather useless, yeah but I vote him for the next 2 volumes _ These characters had little to no character development, I still don t know who Harald is In my mind he is a barbarian like person with the name Harald slapped across his face and that s it.I will also take the time to adress the idea that these characters, aside from being poorly characterised and developed, did not have distinct speech patterns When the author fell into the Talking Head Syndrome territory, I couldn t figure out who was talking, because they all sounded the same except for Vashni and Votrex, one was arrogance incarnate and the other used aye a lot P.The plot had little in it Truth be told it was a 200 page book, but I feel like it could have hadto it than the group going from point A to point B, while talking, solving a problem at point B, going from point B to point C, finding obstables in their way from B to C, solving problem in C then continuing on to D and then to E I felt that all the events that happened in the novel were randomly placed there so that the characters could have something to do They are not crucial to the plot, but they are there Oh and onething that bugged me The focus was TOO MUCH ON VASHNI AND KORHAN Seriously at around 80 % when they train in swords I felt the desperate urge to skip the pages because I felt like I was reading the same thing I had read not 15 pages before It was overwhelmingly intrusive this plot line and most of the times unwelcomed.The writing style is not spectacular, but it s not bad either Yes, the author does tend to halt the story to explain this and that thing or to explain this feeling of Korhan or why Vashni did this and that, but aside from these pauses the story flowed I wouldn t say nicely, but rather, jittery.As for my enjoyment of the story, I dunno These elements I ve enumerated above kept me from being fully emmersed in the story and while I would not recommend it to avid fantasy readers who ve probably read a whole lot of the genre, I would recomend it as a light read for uninitiated of the genre This book, being the beginner of a series, has flaws, however I do admire the effort of this person in trying to make a story that he wanted to tell to the world I hope that someday I would become just like him Someone who can publish their book and show the world the story I ve been working on for the lastuhh almost 10 years.Let s Rate This 5.8 10Setting and Atmosphere 5Plot 6Main Characters 6Secondary Characters 7Antagonists 5 Writing 6Enjoyability 6Reviews for the Deathsworn Arc series The Last Dragon SlayerThe Verkreath HorrorThe Blood QueenRise of the ArchmageThe Temple of the Mad GodMy reviews My Blog Twitter The Last Dragon Slayer starts with a wizard named Saul Karza, travelling with three others two men and a dwarf He has been given the mission to kill a dragon which is rumoured to be about Lacking in skilled warriors, he tries to recruit Silus Mendelson, who is known as the last dragon slayer Once he is recruited they set about travelling to complete their quest On their way, they come across Brael, a Gravian and he decides to join them Shortly after that, when they run into trouble the The Last Dragon Slayer starts with a wizard named Saul Karza, travelling with three others two men and a dwarf He has been given the mission to kill a dragon which is rumoured to be about Lacking in skilled warriors, he tries to recruit Silus Mendelson, who is known as the last dragon slayer Once he is recruited they set about travelling to complete their quest On their way, they come across Brael, a Gravian and he decides to join them Shortly after that, when they run into trouble they meet Vashni, a elf who can whisper After finding out what they plan to do, Vashni joins them feeling as though they will not win without her Together the group set out to take on the dragon After finishing this book my first thought was that I wanted to read the next one This story was well written and had characters that I really liked Vashni, was intriguing because she could whisper and get into people s minds It made her seem very powerful and someone who you wouldn t want to cross Silus Mendelson, was good as well and at the beginning I didn t think he was going to join the mission Saul and Brael were the only characters that I found disappointing I just felt as though you didn t see enough of them But I think you will when you read the rest of the books in the series I liked Thrax, and thought that he seemed clever and cunning.As well as the characters, I found the setting interesting and was reminded of stories such as Lord of the Rings Overall I enjoyed this book I would recommend this to fans of fantasy I love a good fantasy novel especially ones with elves and dragons and Deathsworn Arc The Last Dragon Slayer definitely hits the spot.There s some pretty good re imagining of elves here which really caught my attention I can t saywithout giving it away , and the character illustrations at the end of the eBook are amazing Note to Martyn Stanley Brilliant move to have those illustrations at the end was good to see how close my mental pictures came to real thing There s some I love a good fantasy novel especially ones with elves and dragons and Deathsworn Arc The Last Dragon Slayer definitely hits the spot.There s some pretty good re imagining of elves here which really caught my attention I can t saywithout giving it away , and the character illustrations at the end of the eBook are amazing Note to Martyn Stanley Brilliant move to have those illustrations at the end was good to see how close my mental pictures came to real thing There s some dodgy punctuation , the further through the book you go , a handful of typos, etc which was infuriating but that s me.Any fan of fantasy should give this a go The story that I read was not what I was expecting It developed into mostly a story about two of the characters, with very little of the first character introduced But it was still a good adventure I m curious where the story will move on to in the next book.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Paperback
  • 202 pages
  • The Last Dragon Slayer
  • Martyn Stanley
  • English
  • 12 February 2018
  • 1490943196