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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.

McCabe’s story twines the lives together of an average human teenage girl named Cecily, and a young dragon called Derek.  I found it rather interesting, the twist of dragons possessing the ability to morph their being from fire breathing menace to benign human.  Unfortunately, this was only one of the few interesting facets of Dragon’s Call.  The tale itself is one that has been told a thousand times over of forbidden lovers, think Romeo and Juliet, Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Isolde, or for those more modern readers, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, or, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. With more focus on the political impact of the times, and a little less on the precocious and predictable love story, I might have found this a little more intriguing.

The more thought-provoking segments of this story are the journal entries maintained by the Cecily’s father, Todd Burns.  McCabe shows readers her true potential to enrapture bibliophiles with Todd Burns’ recollection of his years during the Dragon Wars.  The Dragon Wars were a time before the peace when dragons would roam the skies in their true form, killing humans, and ravaging the land.  I feel that if McCabe elevated the writing style of the main storyline to parallel the journal segments, the story might have held more wonder for me.  I found the story to be predictable, juvenile, and simple.

For a younger crowd, I do think that McCabe’s book would be an adequate read; however, for those readers who would prefer something a slight bit more sophisticated, I would recommend skipping this one.  On the Pure Textuality scale I would rate The Dragons Call a 2 out of 5 stars.


Matt’s review

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