REVIEW by Matt: The Dragon’s Call by K.W. McCabe (@kw_mccabe , @MattALarkin )
In a thoughtless final act of destruction, humans awaken the one creature of legend they have no protection against. Years after the complete subjugation of the human race, Derek, heir of the Dragon Queen, and Cecily, create a tentative friendship. But something or someone is stalking the human enclave. Cecily and Derek must find out who and why before she’s next.
People fought a lot of wars and dropped a lot of bombs. One bomb awakened a creature of myth: a dragon. This dragon awakened the others of its kind, who waged war against mankind, creating a dragon apocalypse.
Sound a little like Reign of Fire, that early 2000s movie with Christian Bale? Only a bit. You see these dragons aren’t mindless eating machines; they’re an intelligent race capable of not only speaking with humans, but taking human form. After wiping out much of the population, the dragons subjugate what remains of humanity by assuming human form and using mind control magic on them.
They don’t want to eradicate the human race, however, only rule them. The subjugated humans live in enclaves, and need permits to own technology, but otherwise go about their lives normally. Including high school, which is where we meet our hero, Cecily.
I didn’t know much about the book when Jena for reviewers. Had I known it was YA, I might have passed it on to another. I’m not the intended audience (though I’ve enjoyed the occasional YA), so keep that in mind in regards to my review.
While initially excited by the premise and the hints and recollections by Mr. Burns, a survivor of the war, when we got to high school it kind of felt like Twilight with Dragons. Now, the sections with Mr. Burns were highlights for me. They hinted at the mysteries of the dragons, in particular the mysteries about why the dragons feared certain old tales, that intrigued me and kept me reading. This appears to be the first book in a series, since not all my questions were answered. In fact, most of the big secrets about the dragons and why they did anything they did remained secret (other than one that came as no surprise).
Cecily sometimes entertained me, but often I found her oblivious and unsympathetic. You could say that makes her a realistic teenager. Even if that were true, it doesn’t mean she pulled me along. Derek, her dragon love interest, was slightly better. Either way, by about the 2/3rd mark I found myself beginning to skim. I did want answers to the questions (yeah I didn’t really get those), though I didn’t care all that much what happened to or between the characters.
Since some care about these things, I’ll say the Kindle version I read had slightly odd paragraph formatting, and enough typos I took note, but not enough to detract from the book.
If you like an angtsy teen romance, this may well be a good read for you. It has romance and dragons, both generally good things.
3 phoenix hatchlings.