Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review: Dragonslayer Series by Resa Nelson

Hello all.
I recently read two fantastic books by Resa Nelson.
They are both from her Dragonslayer series.
I have decided to post both reviews together.
It just seems fitting.
So, here we go!

Title: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (Dragonslayer #1)
Author: Resa Nelson
Source: Author
Published: June 1, 2008
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC
Format: E-book

Synopsis:
For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover-the dragonslayer-disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning. Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child. Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?

REVIEW

The Dragonslayer’s Sword was one of the most creative, original stories I have read in a long time. And, I might not have ever found this book if the author, Resa Nelson, had not contacted me to be a part of her book tour. I am so glad she did!

The story follows Astrid’s journey through life. She struggles throughout the novel with figuring out who she is truly. I completely related to this and feel many of my fellow readers would too. The story starts with Astrid as a child. A child-seller that kidnapped her is trying to sell her off, but no one will buy her because she is small and covered in scars from a dragon attack she survived somehow. Finally, the local blacksmith Temple, buys her and teaches her to blacksmith and how to control her shape-shifting ability. Yes, that’s right. She can shape-shift! Anyways, Temple teaches Astrid life lessons that she constantly looks back on in moments of distress.

The shape-shifting ability of Astrid and other people in her town of Guell completely caught me off guard. I mean, blacksmiths and dragons and shape-shifting? What a weird combo, right? But Resa Nelson makes it work!

The other characters of DiStephan, Lenore, Mauri and Taddeo were just as well fleshed out as Astrid. I wish I would have known something about Drageen that gave him a little more dimension than just being the asshole. But, he completely served his purpose so why am I complaining? LoL.

5 stars to The Dragonslayer’s Sword for being an inventive, unexpected read.




Title: The Iron Maiden (Dragonslayer #2)
Author: Resa Nelson
Source: Author
Published: Dec 31, 2012
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC
Format: E-book

Synopsis:
Astrid is reluctant to travel the winter route beyond the Northlands, even though it's her duty. She'd rather stay home in her village, surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ignoring the bonds of tradition, she decides to spend the cold winter months in the warmth of her blacksmithing shop. Why should she leave the comfort of her cottage to serve and protect foreigners who might raid and harm her native Northlands?Everything changes when a traveling merchant steals Starlight, the first dragonslayer's sword Astrid forged and her last link to her sweetheart DiStephan. Having no time to alert her friends, Astrid races in pursuit of the merchant, determined to reclaim Starlight as her own and return home in time for dinner. Instead, her quest leads her to new lands, unexpected friendships with foreigners, and a harrowing encounter with the damage done by the followers of a new god that considers women as nothing more than servants to men. All the while, she must be ready to face any dragon traveling the winter route.

REVIEW:
In this continuation of the story of Astrid, we follow her on a powerful journey yet again. As stated in the synopsis, the Dragonslayer’s sword Starlight, is stolen from Astrid. Of course, there is no stopping Astrid from going after the sword. It is as much a part of her as the scars on her skin that are shifting more and more to become like dragon scales.

Along her journey, Astrid meets many people. My favorite character she comes into contact with is Margreet. At first, the story of Gershon and Margreet unsettled me. I didn’t see where it fit into Astrid’s journey, but as the novel progressed it made perfect sense. Margreet feels bound to and protected by her abusive husband Gershon. Toward the end, Margreet remembers what it is like to be free and be herself again. That might be a spoiler, sorry about that. There are a couple more side stories, like Norah and Wendill. They are two legitimate dragons that, well, you will have to read to find out!

In my opinion, The Iron Maiden was a spectacular addition to the Dragonslayer series by Resa Nelson. The novel held my interest and was a very good read. I will definitely continue the series and read the newest addition, The Stone of Darkness. Plus, book 4 comes out in November! Yay!

5 stars to The Iron Maiden for showing that women are powerful.


The author, Resa Nelson, has kindly provided a "mini" ebook of Dragonslayer short stories.
CAUTION: They will get you hooked. But here is the LINK

If you would like to contact Resa Nelson, here is her info...

If you would like to buy a copy,
they are available through:
Mundania Press (get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
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