3 weeks ago
Draekora by Lynette Noni 🐉 || 4.5/5
So I've been in love with this series since I met Lynette at Melbourne Supernova in 2015. I had never heard of this beautiful author until she talked on a panel about fantasy tropes, and her debut novel Akarnae. Immediately after the panel, I went to the Dymocks store and bought a copy, which Lynette was only too happy to sign. We talked for at least fifteen minutes, while I gaged her story, what I'd love about it, how many she thought she had planned, why she loves it. I remember in this conversation she said she would love to somehow incorporate dragons.
Draekora was her opportunity to do that.
I loved Akarnae. I loved Raelia. I love Draekora.
Each instalment has me falling in love with a different aspect.
For Akarnae, it was the world building and the setting up of this amazing series.
For Raelia, it was the character development, the plot twists and oh so many other things.
For Draekora, it was the journey to the past, the opportunity that Lynette has afforded us to understand that big, elusive WHY
And it all makes perfect sense.
A few have criticised this book for being a "filler" or having a lot of "talking not doing". I'd have to disagree. I absolutely loved the idea of Alex journeying to the past, seeing how the events played out that would unfold into the world of thousands of years later. I loved seeing the characters we've come to know from Meya be who they were before Aven's downfall. I didn't think that Draekora was a filler at all. It was its own adventure, its own chapter in the story of defeating Aven.
After all, we learn from our past mistakes, don't we? Understanding the past helps us avoid a reoccurrence in the future.
I strongly feel that this step in Alex's story was needed.
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