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Prepare yourself for a fantasy romp of epic proportions. When the days stretch and the land bakes, dragons will again scour the sky. A city of bones and a city of gold plot against each other while the rebellion gathers strength. A young man is caught in a tempest of intrigue that will forge a new era of freedom, or forever scar the land. He must discover the Prepare yourself for a fantasy romp of epic proportions. When the days stretch and the land bakes, dragons will again scour the sky. A city of bones and a city of gold plot against each other while the rebellion gathers strength. A young man is caught in a tempest of intrigue that will forge a new era of freedom, or forever scar the land. He must discover the secret of the Dragon Choir to save his father and end the stranglehold of an unforgiven nation. Fast paced action sautéed in a deliciously immersive narrative style. Intelligent storytelling will teleport you into a rich and expansive world of magic where two powerful cultures collide in a deadly dance of politics and espionage. Both must contend with the seasonal migration of dragons lusting for gold and a rebellion gnawing for an end to slavery. Sword and sorcery explode from the pages on an epic scale following the exploits of a young man with a bounty on his head, a beautiful assassin who keeps her secrets close and a feisty rebel general with a plan to topple his oppressors. Only one thing can bring them together. The Dragon Choir. Join my newsletter and get one of my books free! Go to benjamindescovich.com and sign up today. I'd love to hear from you.


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Prepare yourself for a fantasy romp of epic proportions. When the days stretch and the land bakes, dragons will again scour the sky. A city of bones and a city of gold plot against each other while the rebellion gathers strength. A young man is caught in a tempest of intrigue that will forge a new era of freedom, or forever scar the land. He must discover the Prepare yourself for a fantasy romp of epic proportions. When the days stretch and the land bakes, dragons will again scour the sky. A city of bones and a city of gold plot against each other while the rebellion gathers strength. A young man is caught in a tempest of intrigue that will forge a new era of freedom, or forever scar the land. He must discover the secret of the Dragon Choir to save his father and end the stranglehold of an unforgiven nation. Fast paced action sautéed in a deliciously immersive narrative style. Intelligent storytelling will teleport you into a rich and expansive world of magic where two powerful cultures collide in a deadly dance of politics and espionage. Both must contend with the seasonal migration of dragons lusting for gold and a rebellion gnawing for an end to slavery. Sword and sorcery explode from the pages on an epic scale following the exploits of a young man with a bounty on his head, a beautiful assassin who keeps her secrets close and a feisty rebel general with a plan to topple his oppressors. Only one thing can bring them together. The Dragon Choir. Join my newsletter and get one of my books free! Go to benjamindescovich.com and sign up today. I'd love to hear from you.

30 review for Dragon Choir: An Epic Fantasy Series of High Adventure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Standeven

    This fantasy story revolves around Elrin, a young man with a strong desire to learn and to better himself, but – without the appropriate family background – little chance of being able to do so. Elrin believes that both his parents once had high status – his mother as an accomplished bard, and his father as a hero of great reputation. But his father is missing, his mother paralysed by grief, and his family destitute. He receives instruction from the Herder Kleith (and much needed money) in retur This fantasy story revolves around Elrin, a young man with a strong desire to learn and to better himself, but – without the appropriate family background – little chance of being able to do so. Elrin believes that both his parents once had high status – his mother as an accomplished bard, and his father as a hero of great reputation. But his father is missing, his mother paralysed by grief, and his family destitute. He receives instruction from the Herder Kleith (and much needed money) in return for running messages. During one such message run, Elrin over hears something he shouldn’t, knocks over a display case, and before he knows it, he is on the run for his life, catapulting headfirst into a religious war and rebellion, and finds himself at the centre of a prophecy. He just wants to find his missing father, but fate – and Minni – have other ideas. The world of this book contains a large number of different sentient species: human (from Calimska and Janda); Drakkin; Ogre; and Shankakin providing the main characters. There are Dragons, of course, (but not until near the end), but also mentions of Dwarves, Elves, Undanae, Orcs, Akiri and Muden. Darwin would not know where to start. The different species co-exist – but generally not peaceably. There is institutionalised racism and speciesism, with a preponderance of derogatory names: “This ‘beast’ can hear your little mind tripping over itself. Think with some decency, please.” The denigrating of other species enables the Jandans to justify slavery and subjugation of other societies. The rebels (a loose confederation of Shankakin, Drakkin and Humans) seek to break their empire and destroy the slave trade. There is also a lot of zealotry. It is to be expected from the ultra-religious Jandans, believing in their innate superiority, but is also present in the rebel mindset. Although Elrin sides with the rebels, he is able to dispassionately view their actions and intent, and is brave enough to speak out about their proposed ‘collateral damage’, and annihilation of the ‘enemy’ (“Some of the crew were criminals and some were captured pirates, but others were innocent men whose only crime was stupidity”). Elrin is also capable of seeing ALL slavery as evil, and it is he who insists on freeing the Ogre, Hurn. “Delik liked the way Elrin thought. He had a knack for seeing a problem from a different angle. His Calimskan blood painted him inquisitive, but he hadn’t been stained by the arrogant superiority most shiners wore with pride”. Elrin, Delik and Pelegrin all idolise their fathers, and spend their lives trying to make their fathers proud. But as the story continues, each has to consider whether the images they have of their fathers are indeed true, and more importantly, if they are worthy of unquestioning reverence and obedience. The characters in this book are all three dimensional, with positive and negative attributes, convincing motivations and doubts. My favourites were Elrin, Minni and Hurn. Minni is a very strong (physically and mentally) woman, whose “beauty carried a shadow of death that left him abashed and cautious, harassed with an awkward nervousness that struck (Elrin) when she smiled” and “playing all the angles from the shadows then shining in all her glory when she took the stage”. Hurn is eager to help, and steadfast in his loyalty to those he loves. He is also very aware, that there is much more than chains to slavery: “Free is not free”. The writing is excellent and the imagery compelling: “Elrin loved this room. It had the musty scent of knowledge; a sense of condensed thought”; “Jandan speech cut with precision and thrust with guttural contempt. It was a language struggling with righteousness and sin”; “Delik was calm; his chin held high, a defiant cockerel stuck in a coop”. The approach of the author to combatting injustice and the ambivalence of victory also appealed to me: “Morale grew in warm soil, not cold steel; those men needed hope and trust, not threats”; “All Minni found was the silent knowing of the dead and the jubilant victory of the living. Neither gave her comfort”. This is an excellent, thought-provoking fantasy book, and I really look forward to the next in the series. I received copy of this book at no cost from the author in exchange for an honest review

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sammi McSporran

    I received a copy of Dragon Choir through Goodreads First Reads. When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I would manage it. It is poorly edited, and the font bothered me the whole way through. Despite that, it is a very good read. Descovitch weaves an intriguing and exciting world of magic, dragons and fantasy. His writing is strongly visual, and I found reading his book to be a vivid, almost cinematic experience! The characters are well-developed and interesting. My favourites have to be I received a copy of Dragon Choir through Goodreads First Reads. When I first started this book, I wasn't sure if I would manage it. It is poorly edited, and the font bothered me the whole way through. Despite that, it is a very good read. Descovitch weaves an intriguing and exciting world of magic, dragons and fantasy. His writing is strongly visual, and I found reading his book to be a vivid, almost cinematic experience! The characters are well-developed and interesting. My favourites have to be Hurn and Amber, both wonderfully written and I would like to see how the rest of their stories unfold. I can't say the story itself gripped me particularly strongly. It was an enjoyable read definitely, but enough that it will buy the following books of the series? I'm not sure. At the moment I am avoiding series and probably wouldn't have entered to win Dragon Choir had I realised it wasn't a stand-alone. But we'll see. If you enjoy the fantasy genre, I would suggest adding this to your "to-read" shelf. Four stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Griffin

    Dragon Choir is a fast-paced fantasy adventure set in an interesting world. A tight, action-oriented plot is complemented by layers of subterfuge and skullduggery. Along with that, there’s oodles of magic and good world-building. The story begins with Elrin, a rather childish young man, who has to flee his home city after overhearing something he shouldn’t have. Then he falls in with rebels, and naturally ends up being critical to defeating the bad guys… Writing is readable throughout, good in pla Dragon Choir is a fast-paced fantasy adventure set in an interesting world. A tight, action-oriented plot is complemented by layers of subterfuge and skullduggery. Along with that, there’s oodles of magic and good world-building. The story begins with Elrin, a rather childish young man, who has to flee his home city after overhearing something he shouldn’t have. Then he falls in with rebels, and naturally ends up being critical to defeating the bad guys… Writing is readable throughout, good in places, with decent editing. There are some errors but nothing too annoying. It would be easy to nitpick, but there is really a lot to enjoy here. Lots of fighting, some gore. For the dragon haters (or lovers): the expected dragons appear only near the end. Also note this is the start of a series — the ending leaves some obvious loose ends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    The first novel in a new epic fantasy series that captures the reader whole heartedly from beginning to end is rated at an amazing FIVE STARS from the Schwartz Reviews. My first thoughts were: So far, a few pages in and you’ve got me. I’m totally all in with the need to know what happens next! This book has unique names, constant changing settings, and builds the readers’ questions from the get go. This story has a good build up to an even better ending. Descovich does an amazing job with this fa The first novel in a new epic fantasy series that captures the reader whole heartedly from beginning to end is rated at an amazing FIVE STARS from the Schwartz Reviews. My first thoughts were: So far, a few pages in and you’ve got me. I’m totally all in with the need to know what happens next! This book has unique names, constant changing settings, and builds the readers’ questions from the get go. This story has a good build up to an even better ending. Descovich does an amazing job with this fast paced action packed novel. Elrin, an adolescent boy, develops nicely throughout this story into a brave young man. A character that is developed so well that the reader is in his corner rooting him along on his journey. Unfortunately, Elrin is a victim of being in the wrong place at the wrong time which sends him on his journey for answers. As inquisitive as Elrin is, he soon finds himself trying to discover the secret of the Dragons Choir in order to save his father and end the stranglehold of an unforgiving nation. Minni whom is fearless, smart, and cunning decides to help Elrin. Elrin begins to ask questions, realizing that there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. I found that this novel was extremely well written. The descriptions were not overdone, therefore, the book better holds the readers’ attention. It was a unique story, and was edited thoroughly and I found no errors amongst the pages. All in all, I am unable to come up with anything negative to note about this book. Great captivating story. If you like pirates and dragons then this book is one to add to your reading list. (Review done by Sister Schwartz) The Schwartz Reviews

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Griffin

    Dragon Choir is a fast-paced fantasy adventure set in an interesting world. A tight, action-oriented plot is complemented by layers of subterfuge and skullduggery. Along with that, there’s oodles of magic and good world-building. The story begins with Elrin, a rather childish young man, who has to flee his home city after overhearing something he shouldn’t have. Then he falls in with rebels, and naturally ends up being critical to defeating the bad guys… Writing is readable throughout, good in pla Dragon Choir is a fast-paced fantasy adventure set in an interesting world. A tight, action-oriented plot is complemented by layers of subterfuge and skullduggery. Along with that, there’s oodles of magic and good world-building. The story begins with Elrin, a rather childish young man, who has to flee his home city after overhearing something he shouldn’t have. Then he falls in with rebels, and naturally ends up being critical to defeating the bad guys… Writing is readable throughout, good in places, with decent editing. There are some errors but nothing too annoying. It would be easy to nitpick, but there is really a lot to enjoy here. Lots of fighting, some gore. For the dragon haters (or lovers): the expected dragons appear only near the end. Also note this is the start of a series — the ending leaves some obvious loose ends.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kris Meyer

    I borrowed this from a friend, but had to have my own copy as I can tell its going to be a favourite. This book is epic and has everything I like about a good fantasy - action, magic, a plot to chew on, characters busting out of the page. I had a hard time putting this book down and now I'm dying for the next instalment. The pacing of this story just built and built and then POW, what a climax! There is underlying detail in this fantasy world that gives a unique twist to classic magic systems. I I borrowed this from a friend, but had to have my own copy as I can tell its going to be a favourite. This book is epic and has everything I like about a good fantasy - action, magic, a plot to chew on, characters busting out of the page. I had a hard time putting this book down and now I'm dying for the next instalment. The pacing of this story just built and built and then POW, what a climax! There is underlying detail in this fantasy world that gives a unique twist to classic magic systems. It all meshes in with religion and politics for a really immersive read. I can tell this book is just the tip of the iceberg too. For a debut writer, this guy is one to watch. I'm hooked!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It's entertaining and keeps moving. I'd recommend it to fans of Terry Brooks or similar authors. I prefer to have more darkness to the characters. That could've easily improved my rating. A shoutout to Benjamin Descovich for his friendly letter and the nice autograph. He seems like a nice guy. I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. It's entertaining and keeps moving. I'd recommend it to fans of Terry Brooks or similar authors. I prefer to have more darkness to the characters. That could've easily improved my rating. A shoutout to Benjamin Descovich for his friendly letter and the nice autograph. He seems like a nice guy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul Ross

    nooooooooooooo! what happens next ...and that's a sign of a bloody good book which this was. has it all mystery, murder, magic, masterful writing I'm excited for next part nooooooooooooo! what happens next ...and that's a sign of a bloody good book which this was. has it all mystery, murder, magic, masterful writing I'm excited for next part

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Received a copy of this book from Ben for an unbiased and honest review. 4 1/2 stars . I have read a few of his books now and I have to admit this is the best yet.It had everything in you could wish for,fun,humour ,sadness and of course Dragons. All of the characters were written well and I could not help liking all of them in a lot of different ways.I have to say that Minni was my favourite by a long way and I am hoping for more in the future. I have been quite cutting in the last couple of reviews Received a copy of this book from Ben for an unbiased and honest review. 4 1/2 stars . I have read a few of his books now and I have to admit this is the best yet.It had everything in you could wish for,fun,humour ,sadness and of course Dragons. All of the characters were written well and I could not help liking all of them in a lot of different ways.I have to say that Minni was my favourite by a long way and I am hoping for more in the future. I have been quite cutting in the last couple of reviews of Ben's books maybe lacked that little something,but this outshines them all and it turned out be be a page Turner. This was such a good book,you have to give it a read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ski Croghan

    Wow just Wow!!! What a great book. A different dragon book, a mystery, a luv story and a thriller all in one. A young man on the run from a crime he didn't commit, a price on his head but only if it's separated from his body. A young woman at front of a rebellion, looking to fulfill a prophesy. The fate of the future of the slave trade hangs in the balance. What will the outcome of the battle be? To find out read The Dragon Choir. The writing is outstanding, the characters are unique and enthrall Wow just Wow!!! What a great book. A different dragon book, a mystery, a luv story and a thriller all in one. A young man on the run from a crime he didn't commit, a price on his head but only if it's separated from his body. A young woman at front of a rebellion, looking to fulfill a prophesy. The fate of the future of the slave trade hangs in the balance. What will the outcome of the battle be? To find out read The Dragon Choir. The writing is outstanding, the characters are unique and enthralling. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bill Clapie

    Good, but... Well, I did enjoy the read but got lost in the plethora of characters and the intermixed plotline. Not unlike Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. The Foundation series is a great world creator but so much assumed knowledge is required to under stand it. Lessons in science and fiction? Sure. So many lessons that the tale is lost. Just one older fellows opinion. Good, but... Well, I did enjoy the read but got lost in the plethora of characters and the intermixed plotline. Not unlike Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. The Foundation series is a great world creator but so much assumed knowledge is required to under stand it. Lessons in science and fiction? Sure. So many lessons that the tale is lost. Just one older fellows opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    Well written; great plot; excellent world building. Lots of action and surprises!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ken Robson

    An interesting tale, continuing on from the prequel, we have fights, magic, dragons and some betrayal. Looking forward to the next one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    What an amazing short story that wouldn’t let me put the story down until I finished it all. A great tie in to the rest.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Wow! This book has so much action that it is h a rd to put down. I really enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to reading more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cody Arko-Omori

    This was down right fun to read. I can't even say much, I'm speechless. Fantastic. This was down right fun to read. I can't even say much, I'm speechless. Fantastic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    N.M.

    *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review* Elrin has learned first-hand the dangers of eavesdropping. After hearing his lost father's name in a conversation, he is on the run for his life. His mentor sends him to Hoard Island on a quest to find his father, and he needs the aid of the fabled Dragon Choir. Life and circumstances force him into an anti-slavery rebellion, one which shows his part in a prophecy. (*I feel the need to remind people that this review is my personal opinion. *I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review* Elrin has learned first-hand the dangers of eavesdropping. After hearing his lost father's name in a conversation, he is on the run for his life. His mentor sends him to Hoard Island on a quest to find his father, and he needs the aid of the fabled Dragon Choir. Life and circumstances force him into an anti-slavery rebellion, one which shows his part in a prophecy. (*I feel the need to remind people that this review is my personal opinion. Unless I talk about technical errors such as spelling and/or grammar, these are all completely subjective.*) The blurb for the novel makes it sound intense, complicated, and very interesting. Unfortunately that didn't carry over into the novel as a whole. The writing itself isn't bad, and I couldn't find any glaring editorial issues. But it just didn't do it for me. Descovich has put quite a bit into this novel, and at times it feels a bit jumbled. But I really liked the different elements he used and although I found them to be jumbled they each had their role within the novel and it all worked well together. The idea of slavery in the novel is really quite intriguing, and it's nice to see some sort of social issue within a fantasy novel as that doesn't typically happen. I got the sense that there was something underlying about the issue, and I hope that's detailed in later novels. We got a hint of it at the end with the mysterious letter, which shows that the plot carries on and evolves in the rest of the series. At least I hope it does. I would have liked to know more about the prophecy which is introduced, or at least the concept. From my reading, it almost seems as though each person had a personal prophecy (or at least the main characters did) which would make for a very interesting culture. Yes, yes. I know I'm asking for a lot of answers, and I know that they'll be given in time. I'd be content with knowing if Minni having a prophecy is special, or if everyone has one. Along the same lines, I also would have liked a bit more of an explanation of the world in which the novel is set. We get glimpses here and there, but no real feel to the scenery. Granted, a lot of the novel is set on a boat...ship. What's revealed about the history is interesting, but not quite satisfying although I'm sure more of that will be revealed as the series continued. But I'm an overly curious person. What really interested me was the flawed society Elrin was raised in. He was pretty much set up to fail from a young age, which helped the story along, but made for a frustrating life (from his perspective.) I found a few comparisons with Game of Thrones (there's a city called Lord's Landing, to compare to Martin's King's Landing although it's not the centre of the kingdom) and Lord of the Rings (races, which isn't too big of a deal as many other fantasy novels use elves and orc. I've never seen hobbits anywhere else, although they're not called hobbits here. But they're described as short, with large hairy feet.) Of course, this is where my mind took me as I've recently been reading the other two epic fantasy novels and it may be different for others. My husband didn't seem to get the comparisons, and he's a bit of a Tolkien fanatic. (He has a copy of The Hobbit in Latin...and can read it...he's so cool.) I've also found a connection with the move In Your Eyes (awesome movie) and a webcomic I read nearly ten years ago. Obviously they had nothing to do with each other, but my mind makes connections when it sees similar words or themes. Overall, it's an okay book. It had some great elements and the writing was pretty good. The overall concept is interesting, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to many people. Readers of epic fantasy, and even most people with an interest in social/cultural issues within the fantasy genre will be entertained by this novel. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of those people.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Dragon Choir by Ben Descovich Elrin is a young man, not yet twenty, trying to find his way in the world without his father. He’s currently serving as a messenger between a priest he trusts – Herder Kleith – and the Guild Master. Nosing around the Guild Master’s study, waiting to deliver a missive, Elrin picks up a mysterious dagger to study. When he overhears secrets between the Guild Master and an unknown source his life is suddenly in jeopardy. Narrowly escaping the Guild Guards, Elrin flees to Dragon Choir by Ben Descovich Elrin is a young man, not yet twenty, trying to find his way in the world without his father. He’s currently serving as a messenger between a priest he trusts – Herder Kleith – and the Guild Master. Nosing around the Guild Master’s study, waiting to deliver a missive, Elrin picks up a mysterious dagger to study. When he overhears secrets between the Guild Master and an unknown source his life is suddenly in jeopardy. Narrowly escaping the Guild Guards, Elrin flees to Kleith who dresses Elrin in priests robes and sends him across land and then to the Hoard Islands to seek the Dragon Choir for help. Kleith is unable to see the dagger in Elrin’s possession, but knows it well. It belonged to Elrin’s father, Arbajkha, who has been missing for over half of Elrin’s life. Thus begins this rip-roaring adventure full of intrigue and espionage between political and religious leaders who wish to hold power over all the surrounding nations and the sea. Elrin inadvertently ends up with an eclectic band of diverse rebels who wish to free the Jandan slaves and restore justice to all. As with every epic fantasy there are many characters, but I found each one fully rounded and unique. I had no trouble liking or identifying with all of the heroes. The bad guys were the most vile ever to live. There are epic battles with swords, magic, and arrows on land and cannons with black powder at sea as pirates join in for their share of the spoils while still aiding the rebellion. There are prophecies to decipher, ogres, evil redeemers, mage priests, drakkin type warriors, a beautiful assassin, a confused naval captain with a decent heart, hobbit type humans, dwarfs, a young elemental acolyte they name Amber, and dragons to boot! This intelligently told story is bound to sweep you up as the plot twists and turns with each new revelation. If you love intricate high fantasy epic adventures, Dragon Choir is worth checking out. A small warning though, this book does end in a cliff-hanger that will have you waiting on the edge of your seat for the next book. FYI: Dragon Choir is the first book in An Epic Fantasy Series of High Adventure series. Benjamin Descovich uses UK spelling. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** May 27, 2016 Format/Typo Issues: No significant errors, except for the one time Elrin was called Erin. You wouldn’t think that would throw me out of the story, but it did catch me off guard.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Andrew

    I thought I had figured out what was going on, with all the characters only to have it set upside down when a new wrinkle was added to the tale. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its telling. Can't wait for Blood Monsoon. I thought I had figured out what was going on, with all the characters only to have it set upside down when a new wrinkle was added to the tale. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its telling. Can't wait for Blood Monsoon.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Don Sloan

    Elrin is in a heap of trouble. He's been paralyzed by the Guildmaster for eavesdropping, and to make matters worse, he's "not yet twenty and not one tattoo to show for it." So begins this captivating and richly detailed fantasy epic (the first in a series) that traces Elrin in his quest to find his father and fulfill a mysterious prophecy. He is helped along the way by a beautiful assassin, Minni, and, of course, the Dragon Choir. He quickly becomes unparalyzed and escapes the city of Calimska on Elrin is in a heap of trouble. He's been paralyzed by the Guildmaster for eavesdropping, and to make matters worse, he's "not yet twenty and not one tattoo to show for it." So begins this captivating and richly detailed fantasy epic (the first in a series) that traces Elrin in his quest to find his father and fulfill a mysterious prophecy. He is helped along the way by a beautiful assassin, Minni, and, of course, the Dragon Choir. He quickly becomes unparalyzed and escapes the city of Calimska on the first leg of his journey. In an effort to move faster, he swallows blaze, a fiery liquor. It almost proves to be too much for his youthful constitution. "The blaze whipped at his heart and his vessels thrummed with power, pushing thoughts through his mind faster than his legs could travel." This is just one of the many good turns of phrase found in the book, as the author immerses us in a storyscape reminiscent of Game of Thrones. In another descriptive passage that expertly places the reader firmly in this detailed setting: "The silhouette of the mountain peaks cut against the orange and peach sunset like black blades." A little further on, Elrin finds himself a prisoner aboard a ship with Minni and a new friend Delik. Things look bleak until a mutiny is engineered by the resourceful trio of adventurers, aided by a hulking young dragon named Tikis, who is fully outfitted for battle: "The weapon (he wore) was less a sword and more a monstrous cleaver, keen and ready to butcher anyone fool enough to make a challenge." Still later, Minni sings Elrin The Prophecy, and, though neither knows exactly what it means, they surmise that it must have something to do with summoning the Dragon Choir -- a key goal in finding Elrin's father. Eventually, they reach land and the quest moves into high gear. Elrin's new friends Jaspa and Hurn join the party and, with the aid of a map, they set off in earnest for the Dragon Choir. Getting there, however, is truly not half the fun. Will Elrin find his father? Can he summon up the song that brings the Dragon Choir? Not all is revealed in this well-told tale of swashbuckling adventure and intricate, satisfying characterizations. We will all have to stay tuned for the next installment. I give this ambitious piece five stars, and welcome this young author to the ranks of promising fantasy writers.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andretta Schellinger

    full review on fangfreakintasticreviews.com. it was a good book, the ending was both climactic and anti climactic. Upon meeting the rebels, Minni and Delik, Elrin is partially forced, and partially volunteers to be part of the rebel cause, if they tell him what they know about his father and takes them to the dragon choir. So what is the Dragon Choir, and the namesake of this book all about? I have no idea and you won't either until about 7/8 ths of the way through the book. For the most part thi full review on fangfreakintasticreviews.com. it was a good book, the ending was both climactic and anti climactic. Upon meeting the rebels, Minni and Delik, Elrin is partially forced, and partially volunteers to be part of the rebel cause, if they tell him what they know about his father and takes them to the dragon choir. So what is the Dragon Choir, and the namesake of this book all about? I have no idea and you won't either until about 7/8 ths of the way through the book. For the most part this book is about pirates, rebels, wonderful pirate coves, and the innate desire to be your own person and not be a slave to the "man" which in this case is a population who believes in a different "God" and has some very specific laws regarding slaves and those who are against "them". This story is good on many levels, however the ending leaves something to be desired. There is action, different creatures, a heroine, a hero, an unknown evil force, the bad guys that aren't totally bad, and then the really bad guys. Overall it is a good book with characters you can relate to, and although it is set in a fantasy land, there is some social aspects that anyone can relate to. The secrets that are carried are really interesting as well as when truths come out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Fantasy Adventure story lines are very popular. Dragon Choir fits into this genre with its adventurous, fast paced, mysterious story. Full of action, this is a book that my husband would enjoy much more than I did. The writing is very descriptive and keeps the reader entertained. I found nothing wrong with the story-telling of the author. What I did not enjoy was the actual adventure. Reading and opinions are such a subjective nature, so what one person likes another does not. While, I did enjoy Fantasy Adventure story lines are very popular. Dragon Choir fits into this genre with its adventurous, fast paced, mysterious story. Full of action, this is a book that my husband would enjoy much more than I did. The writing is very descriptive and keeps the reader entertained. I found nothing wrong with the story-telling of the author. What I did not enjoy was the actual adventure. Reading and opinions are such a subjective nature, so what one person likes another does not. While, I did enjoy the fantasy elements of the story, the pace and adventure lost me. The book did not hold my attention well, even though it was a good story, overall. There was a prophecy mentioned and I wish more was revealed about it. Maybe it will be in another story, but I felt like I was cheated out of information as a reader. Elrin was an interesting character – adapting to different situations. This book is a fast paced, intense, fantasy that is full of adventure. The blurb is interesting and pulls the reader in. But, that’s where the wow factor ended for me. Unfortunately, it was just an ok read for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review

  23. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    From the first chapter, the action and the pace build. We follow the path of Elrin as he falls foul of the Guildmaster in his home town of Calimska. With no choice left for him but to go on the run, the inexperienced adventure soon gets caught up in all sorts of unexpected goings on. There's intrigue, mystery, fighting, pirates and dragons. Good world building with a diverse range of races, plenty of magic and likeable characters. For me, notably Hurn Ga Kogh, an ogre that's one of the good guys From the first chapter, the action and the pace build. We follow the path of Elrin as he falls foul of the Guildmaster in his home town of Calimska. With no choice left for him but to go on the run, the inexperienced adventure soon gets caught up in all sorts of unexpected goings on. There's intrigue, mystery, fighting, pirates and dragons. Good world building with a diverse range of races, plenty of magic and likeable characters. For me, notably Hurn Ga Kogh, an ogre that's one of the good guys and Tikis, a lizard like being from the race of the Drakkin. Elrin soon learns there more to his new friends, Minni, a female revolutionary and her ally, Delik, a Shankakin rebel, than meets they eye. This is a fantasy adventure with its own distinctive voice and style, easy to read and kept me turning the pages. There's more to come and not all the questions are answered and it feels like the start of an epic series. If you're looking for something new, filled with action, adventure, then The Dragon Choir might just be the fast-paced story you crave.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    You get immediately attached to Elrin within the first few pages of the book and Benjamin Descovich never lets go. Plenty of action, mystery, magic, subterfuge/politics and of course dragons. Elrin gets caught in an cascading avalanche of action and choices that lead his fate into the hands of the rebellion. A myriad of races and goals and plans amongst the various characters keeps you reading, wondering who will do what next. Benjamin Descovich writes brilliant brief descriptions without alot o You get immediately attached to Elrin within the first few pages of the book and Benjamin Descovich never lets go. Plenty of action, mystery, magic, subterfuge/politics and of course dragons. Elrin gets caught in an cascading avalanche of action and choices that lead his fate into the hands of the rebellion. A myriad of races and goals and plans amongst the various characters keeps you reading, wondering who will do what next. Benjamin Descovich writes brilliant brief descriptions without alot of abundance of words which kept me enthralled right to the end. You just feel for the young good moral upstanding citizen that finds himself in events that he never dreamed of. I can't wait to learn so much more about each of the characters and what happens next. I know what my next read will be. Blood Monsoon by Benajmin Descovich.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Phil McCarthy

    Very middle of the road fantasy, I've read better, I've read worse. The author wrote a prequel, which is better written than this novel, and there is a sequel coming. If you have some free time and want a quick, decent read, it'll do nicely. Very middle of the road fantasy, I've read better, I've read worse. The author wrote a prequel, which is better written than this novel, and there is a sequel coming. If you have some free time and want a quick, decent read, it'll do nicely.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Dunbar

    Dragon Choir An epic adventure, an unlikely hero and a beautiful dashing warrior woman. Grabbed me and did not let go without tears.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gareth Jones

    Great book liked t so much I agreed to read the prequel dead letter couldn't put that down either can't wait now for the next book hurry up Benjamin. Great book liked t so much I agreed to read the prequel dead letter couldn't put that down either can't wait now for the next book hurry up Benjamin.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Karen Turner

    I loved the book, with dragons and magic, pirates. Will look to reading the next book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Georgiana

    Sloppy proofreading and a weak ending spoiled what otherwise might have been a decent read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Trish Strong

    This is the second book in a series.It is well written and fast paced.Definitely, leaves you wanting to know what will happen next.Another series that goes on my repeat reading list.

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