Tarragon: Dragon Bane by Karlie Lucas
PUBLISHER: DragonKey Press
SERIES: Tarragon, Book 3
RELEASED: April 29, 2018
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy, Coming of Age, Swords & Sorcery
The Revenants are coming.
Only recently woken from their centuries’ long slumber, the dragons are unprepared to face them. But when a legend is uncovered, revealing the existence of a lost tribe of mages, hope flickers to life.
The race is on as Tyler Durand and Anwen Kaida rush to find this missing tribe while the others prepare for their last stand. But time and numbers are against them, and Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late.
Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.
A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.
Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.
When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.
She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.
“But what if I don’t want to be chosen for this!” Anwen retorted. “I didn’t ask for this! And I sure as anything don’t seem to be given a choice. Can you even begin to imagine what it must be like for me? Being dragged from one moment to the next? Not understanding why any of this is happening? Do you have any idea how helpless I’ve felt?! And yet I’ve tried to pretend I’m strong, knowing I’m not. I’m really not.” Sobs tore from her throat and her body shuddered. “I’m not cut out for this. I can’t do it!”
Pressure is a dangerous thing. It can be something that makes a person snap, typically involving stress and the fear of letting someone else down. It can also be a good thing though. For some, being under pressure may be how they get their best productiveness. In this installment, Anwen is placed under an immense pressure to do something that no one else is able to do. She has exceeded what was placed before her with opening the mountain and waking the slumbering dragons. But, now there is even more danger and Anwen must rise to the challenge again for her friends and family to survive the oncoming storm. Lucas provides an entertaining third installment for readers, one filled with emotion, power, determination, and adventure.
Anwen, Tyler, Courtney and Walter are back in this third installment and they are in trouble yet again. A vision has been reoccurring, a vast base of hundreds, maybe thousands of Revenants are on their way to attack the dragons in their weakened state. Still abiding by the prophecy, the four must get together and figure out the best plan of action to find the lost mages. Only their numbers will provide hope for their future that doesn’t end in destruction. With Courtney stays behind to begin training the dragon mages alongside the dragons, Anwen, Tyler and Walter go in search of the lost mages that follow the one called the Walker. Little clues lead them to their next destination, but even if they find them…will there be enough to cause a shift in the war that they have already foreseen coming? Everything is at stake with the mountain being open and the heart left exposed. Anwen and her friends are on a race for time and the dangers are endless…can they make it back in time to save the dragons and protect mountain from the Revenants?
Lucas does a great job with character development, world-building, and originality. The story offers a terrific adventure in a land of imagination where dragons live. The author allows her readers to continue into this world, filled with not only adventure, but also elements of suspense and romance. The backstory is thought-provoking and captivating while also being a fast paced novel, easy to read, and entertaining. There are some spelling and grammatical errors throughout the read. Since this is an advanced reader copy, these may have been cleaned up upon further proofreading, but if not, this should not hinder enjoyment of the novel at all. If you are a reader of young adult, coming of age, and science fiction or fantasy, this may be the right book for you. It is recommended that the first and second installment be read prior to diving into this one, since it does pick up where the second one ended.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Tarragon: Dragon Bane by Karlie Lucas.