Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Sword by Resa Nelson

Astrid The Dragonslayers BlacksmithTitle: Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith
Author: Resa Nelson
Published: Dec 10, 2013
Format: Ebook; 109pg
Source: Author


Astrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell. She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple. But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell. If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.

One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village. A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon. The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it. Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger. Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.

Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s Sword, The Iron Maiden, The Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg). Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up.

I just love the world Resa Nelson has created with the Dragonslayer series! I read all of the Dragonslayer books and loved them and the same is true with this mini-novel.

In Astrid, the Dragonslayer's Blacksmith, we re-visit the character of Astrid. When she was a child, Astrid was sold to the Village of Guell's blacksmith, Temple. Luckily, Temple was a good man and took her into his home and taught her everything he knew about blacksmithing. Temple even taught Astrid the secret to making a strong Dragonslayer's sword, a secret Astrid protects fiercely.

One day, Temple and the local Dragonslayer's son, DiStephan, embark on a journey to retrieve Temple's nephew, Finehurst, from a close village. Finehurst brings nothing but trouble with him and the news of a dragon attacking and killing Temple and DiStephan! Of course, Astrid is highly suspicious of Finehurst, and seeks the truth she knows he is refusing to share...

I wouldn't say this story is high octane, but it is enjoyable to read. Especially, if you are a fan of Nelson's Dragonslayer series. I really empathized with Astrid as she lost everything that was rightfully hers. And I nearly shouted with glee as she figured out a solution to the iron shortage problem. The only thing that even bugged me was that the synopsis gave so much of the story away. But, hey, that is no big problem at all.

5 stars to Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith!

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