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Stormfall is a dragon born with a coat the colour of a starry night. When a violent storm strikes his island aerie, he is carried on hurricane winds into the complicated and sometimes cruel world of men. There, his journey takes him from fisher dragon to farmer, pit-fighting dragon to warrior, each step leading him closer to a remarkable destiny. But war is coming to the l Stormfall is a dragon born with a coat the colour of a starry night. When a violent storm strikes his island aerie, he is carried on hurricane winds into the complicated and sometimes cruel world of men. There, his journey takes him from fisher dragon to farmer, pit-fighting dragon to warrior, each step leading him closer to a remarkable destiny. But war is coming to the land of Remus and with it, a crossroads for the Night Dragon and the young soul-boy he allows on his back. How far is Stormfall willing to go in a war that is not his own?


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Stormfall is a dragon born with a coat the colour of a starry night. When a violent storm strikes his island aerie, he is carried on hurricane winds into the complicated and sometimes cruel world of men. There, his journey takes him from fisher dragon to farmer, pit-fighting dragon to warrior, each step leading him closer to a remarkable destiny. But war is coming to the l Stormfall is a dragon born with a coat the colour of a starry night. When a violent storm strikes his island aerie, he is carried on hurricane winds into the complicated and sometimes cruel world of men. There, his journey takes him from fisher dragon to farmer, pit-fighting dragon to warrior, each step leading him closer to a remarkable destiny. But war is coming to the land of Remus and with it, a crossroads for the Night Dragon and the young soul-boy he allows on his back. How far is Stormfall willing to go in a war that is not his own?

30 review for Dragon of Ash & Stars: The Autobiography of a Night Dragon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    DNF 83% Started out cute. Then went immediately downhill. We have a beautiful wild dragon who in his navitivity/stupidity got captured by a human. Yadda yadda, he get sold repeatly, abused, humiliated tormented..yet he doesn't want to leave his captors. He has this unrealistic and bizzare thought process that keeps him from escaping the humans..even when presented with multiple opportunities. Long story short.. this has got to be the most depressing book ever. Also the dragon has got to be the stup DNF 83% Started out cute. Then went immediately downhill. We have a beautiful wild dragon who in his navitivity/stupidity got captured by a human. Yadda yadda, he get sold repeatly, abused, humiliated tormented..yet he doesn't want to leave his captors. He has this unrealistic and bizzare thought process that keeps him from escaping the humans..even when presented with multiple opportunities. Long story short.. this has got to be the most depressing book ever. Also the dragon has got to be the stupidest..weakest..spineless creature on the planet. I started skimming at the 45% mark, continuing to read in hopes of getting a glimpse of hope, or some sort of revenge..but I could stand it no more. I don't give a shit what happens to the dragon, if he dies, he deserves it. Thank God it was free. Deleting it off my Kindle. Would not recommend, will not read more by this author.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alatea

    Started a bit slowly for me, but the unexpected point of view made it a very interesting read. I loved how people were portrayed and those hints of something "bigger" behind. I felt like there is an ancient world of wild dragons that I know nothing about and I'm not going to find out as it's already clear for everybody who is concerned (dragons). Loved that feeling. Very strange book on the other hand, wild and authentic. Again, I'm going to write a normal review one day soon. Started a bit slowly for me, but the unexpected point of view made it a very interesting read. I loved how people were portrayed and those hints of something "bigger" behind. I felt like there is an ancient world of wild dragons that I know nothing about and I'm not going to find out as it's already clear for everybody who is concerned (dragons). Loved that feeling. Very strange book on the other hand, wild and authentic. Again, I'm going to write a normal review one day soon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    OhWell

    A poetic, captivating, and utterly heartbreaking alternate Roman/Greek history tale. Who would have thought that a first person narrative from a dragon’s POV would bring me to tears? Highly unusual, and highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Johanna

    Dragon of Ash & Stars is an autobiography of a dragon … well, it's actually more like an autobiography of the first couple of years of his live with an about three page long run down of what happened in the rest of it. But still. This was honestly incredibly sad and depressing for the most parts. It's a story full of abuse and slavery but it's also incredibly poetic and at times even funny. The idea to tell the story from the dragon's perspective was really unique and I loved it. You do see his an Dragon of Ash & Stars is an autobiography of a dragon … well, it's actually more like an autobiography of the first couple of years of his live with an about three page long run down of what happened in the rest of it. But still. This was honestly incredibly sad and depressing for the most parts. It's a story full of abuse and slavery but it's also incredibly poetic and at times even funny. The idea to tell the story from the dragon's perspective was really unique and I loved it. You do see his animalistic side as much as his deeply 'human' side for a lack of a better word. One piece of advice though. Don't think too much about the fate of the human characters … once I did I was really depressed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amina

    The reason I picked up this book is me misreading the title, "knight dragon instead of night dragon. It's the story of a black dragon, born free to a strong mother. A young and proud dragon who left the aerie when he thought himself strong and invincible. Through the diffrents parts of his tale, the night dragon will have many names and many lives, moments of sorrow, depression, guilt, trust and confidence. Storm fall / Snake , when he got caught for the first time by the sticks (humans), he becam The reason I picked up this book is me misreading the title, "knight dragon instead of night dragon. It's the story of a black dragon, born free to a strong mother. A young and proud dragon who left the aerie when he thought himself strong and invincible. Through the diffrents parts of his tale, the night dragon will have many names and many lives, moments of sorrow, depression, guilt, trust and confidence. Storm fall / Snake , when he got caught for the first time by the sticks (humans), he became a fishing dragon, the battle for his freedom starts Nightshade when he was assigned to pulling a cart in farm, where he made the "connaissance" of other dragons. Warblood the gladiator, taking lives to save his, just for the sake of sticks entertainment. Hallowdown the finest funeral dragon ever seen. Don't worry, his stroty doesn't end here, he will become a mixture of all these names and characters, the fact that the dragon was telling his own memoir was awesome and what I loved the most was the "read between the lines hints" in every part of the book. This tale was strong, authentic, heartbreaking and most of all, really really captivating.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sadie

    5 stars. Oh my gods I actually really loved this book so much it's ridiculous. Full review coming soon. 5 stars. Oh my gods I actually really loved this book so much it's ridiculous. Full review coming soon.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Originally reviewed at West Coast Book Reviews To be honest, even if I'd never heard of H. Leighton Dickson I would have bought this book for the cover alone. I also want the poster, cell phone case, stationery, queen sized bedding and a black toothbrush covered in gold stars. She is on my auto-buy list and reading her work is always an absolute pleasure. Dragon gives a unique approach to the telling of a fantastic tale. It is the autobiography of Stormfall the black dragon told in his own words. A Originally reviewed at West Coast Book Reviews To be honest, even if I'd never heard of H. Leighton Dickson I would have bought this book for the cover alone. I also want the poster, cell phone case, stationery, queen sized bedding and a black toothbrush covered in gold stars. She is on my auto-buy list and reading her work is always an absolute pleasure. Dragon gives a unique approach to the telling of a fantastic tale. It is the autobiography of Stormfall the black dragon told in his own words. As an autobiography, the telling is of course slanted to show the teller in whatever light he wants to be seen. For a dragon who is every inch arrogant, proud and self-centred, giving him the opportunity to tell his own tale grants this story an impact that grows as the pages progress and the dragon portrays himself as he sees himself. Big. Also present in generous amounts is Dickson's ability to take advantage of humour in sharing any type of scene. Regardless of whether the moment is light or dark, one can sense her hand there not in telling the jokes but in allowing her characters the freedom to share those absurd thoughts we all have at even the most difficult of moments. Her images are both pristine and deep and each chapter is engaging. The story itself is deeply satisfying. (Yes, she had me in tears again with wonderful and agonizing feels.) This is not a story that leaves you looking for book two. It is a complete tale I found epitomizes the idea of a standalone. I reached the end thinking "don't change a thing." I feel like I knew the dragon and will adore him for who he was, treasuring him for the way he saw himself and grateful he shared both his victories and triumphs. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brennan

    so I got this for free and finished it in a day It's been years since I spent hours with a book like this amazing amazing amazing beautiful style, lovely characterization, exciting plot. it has a very Black Beauty vibe crossed with Dreamwork's Spirit. The story of a dragon and his dealings with men, both good and bad, and the lifelong battle for freedom. It was incredible, the style was perfect for being inside the mind of a dragon, and by the end I was crying both happy and sad tears. There is nothi so I got this for free and finished it in a day It's been years since I spent hours with a book like this amazing amazing amazing beautiful style, lovely characterization, exciting plot. it has a very Black Beauty vibe crossed with Dreamwork's Spirit. The story of a dragon and his dealings with men, both good and bad, and the lifelong battle for freedom. It was incredible, the style was perfect for being inside the mind of a dragon, and by the end I was crying both happy and sad tears. There is nothing I'm unhappy with, nothing I want to know more about. There's a feeling of contentedness by the end that mirrors Stormfall's. I know this is something I'll read again and again

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    I have a long history of reading about dragons,and this did not disappoint. This was a really entertaining and enjoyable autobiography of a Dragon,and well worth a read. It is a bit of a coming of age story as well as an insight into the mind of a Dragon. I thoroughly enjoyed this and will read some more from author. Final note,- love the cover.........

  10. 4 out of 5

    Violet Stone

    3.5 stars I really wanted to give this book four stars, but there were just a few things that prevented it. First, let me say that I really enjoyed this. I've never read a book from the dragon's perspective and I just really really loved the idea. It was fun to see him start out as a hatchling and grow up into a fearsome dragon. Having said that, there are just a few things I want to point out. If you are at all familiar with Black Beauty you've pretty much read this book. Personally I've never rea 3.5 stars I really wanted to give this book four stars, but there were just a few things that prevented it. First, let me say that I really enjoyed this. I've never read a book from the dragon's perspective and I just really really loved the idea. It was fun to see him start out as a hatchling and grow up into a fearsome dragon. Having said that, there are just a few things I want to point out. If you are at all familiar with Black Beauty you've pretty much read this book. Personally I've never read the book of Black Beauty but I have seen the movie quite a bit, it being one of my favorites growing up. There are so many similarities I would be shocked if H. Leighton Dickson said she didn't pull any inspiration from it. Now, for some people this could be a big negative mark, for me it wasn't quite so. Sure I would have loved for it to not feel like so much dejavu in certain scenes but I can't say I disliked it. One of my favorite movies but in dragon form, what's not to love? I would also really like to see this as a film. Alright, moving on. I want a disclaimer to say that I know they're dragons, and they are portrayed as animals rather than highly intelligent beings. But. There were moments when our dragon is experiencing emotion or very strong feelings toward something or someone and sometimes they fell a little flat. I wasn't partial to certain reactions he had but maybe that's just me. Our dragon journeys a lot and even takes a shot at being a Flight Dragon, which was cool. Did I like it a little better when he was wild? Yes. But, the humans were a big part of his experiences so I understood why the plot needed to go in the direction it did. The ending was somewhat predictable but in a good way. And there were parts of the ending that I was completely blindsided by. So it was a good mix of both. All in all, I would recommend this book to others. It didn't quite make it to four stars but that didn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denielle

    Hands down one of the best books I've ever read. When I saw this on Amazon, I fell in love with the cover. When I read the blurb, I fell in love with the idea of this book. When I read this this book it changed everything. This was one of the best books about Dragons that I've ever read. I love Dragons and the idea of actually being in the mind of one was amazing to me and it didn't fail to go beyond any expectation I had. Following Stromfall through his journey was both heart braking and uplifting Hands down one of the best books I've ever read. When I saw this on Amazon, I fell in love with the cover. When I read the blurb, I fell in love with the idea of this book. When I read this this book it changed everything. This was one of the best books about Dragons that I've ever read. I love Dragons and the idea of actually being in the mind of one was amazing to me and it didn't fail to go beyond any expectation I had. Following Stromfall through his journey was both heart braking and uplifting. From a naive hatchling to a jaded adult, the author was able to create such a vivid and compelling tale that was able to draw me in and keep me completely invested in this Dragon's life. This book and Stormfall stole a piece of my heart. This is the type of story that just kind of needles it's way in and holds you hostage without being too obvious. I'm sad to say that if this book wasn't free on Amazon, I may never have come across it and that's a shame. This is the type of book that deserves to be on a Best Sellers list. It was unique and thought provoking and deserves so much more praise. This is a must read and I'd recommend it to everyone!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Casie

    This was a fun read, even though parts of it were utterly heartbreaking. A little like Black Beauty, only with dragons in place of horses. I did have a little trouble believing how some of the dragon-drawn carriages and carts would work--what with flight being the primary method of pulling, and how would that work with the dragon in the air and the vehicle on the ground...? But I can suspend disbelief in order to enjoy all the other great things this book had to offer. Besides, the idea of an au This was a fun read, even though parts of it were utterly heartbreaking. A little like Black Beauty, only with dragons in place of horses. I did have a little trouble believing how some of the dragon-drawn carriages and carts would work--what with flight being the primary method of pulling, and how would that work with the dragon in the air and the vehicle on the ground...? But I can suspend disbelief in order to enjoy all the other great things this book had to offer. Besides, the idea of an autobiography told by a magnificent, haughty night dragon is just so fascinating. Dragons!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adelina Amelco

    A black Beauty rewrite Much as the same of Anna sewells famous story of Black Beauty. Very much the same. Birth, suffering, pain, love. But little peace of heart. Even Black Beauty's "Ginger" was told in this story. Along with the pain of the side reins. It was a good book, but I feel like 3 stars are more than generous as the same story was told thru a horses eye and heart before. Thus not very original almost copied in some parts. But still was emotional and heartfelt. In fact I think the best A black Beauty rewrite Much as the same of Anna sewells famous story of Black Beauty. Very much the same. Birth, suffering, pain, love. But little peace of heart. Even Black Beauty's "Ginger" was told in this story. Along with the pain of the side reins. It was a good book, but I feel like 3 stars are more than generous as the same story was told thru a horses eye and heart before. Thus not very original almost copied in some parts. But still was emotional and heartfelt. In fact I think the best writing was when it wasn't following Black Beauty.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Keelan

    A wonderful dragon book. Also free of charge (at least for the kindle edition, but I'll be getting the paperback of this), told from first person from the PoV of an incredible dragon. Be warned, there will be tears, but it'll be worth it all in the end. EDIT: I was just thinking, this is the dragon version of Gladiator, the soundtrack of that film reminds me of this book a lot. Over a year on now and I still get serious feels thinking about this book. A wonderful dragon book. Also free of charge (at least for the kindle edition, but I'll be getting the paperback of this), told from first person from the PoV of an incredible dragon. Be warned, there will be tears, but it'll be worth it all in the end. EDIT: I was just thinking, this is the dragon version of Gladiator, the soundtrack of that film reminds me of this book a lot. Over a year on now and I still get serious feels thinking about this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Peterson

    The simple eloquence in this book is breathtaking. Rarely have I read a book that could move me so. The story told from a dragon's perspective, was believable, exhilarating, tragic, and satisfying. What a beautiful rollercoaster of a read! The simple eloquence in this book is breathtaking. Rarely have I read a book that could move me so. The story told from a dragon's perspective, was believable, exhilarating, tragic, and satisfying. What a beautiful rollercoaster of a read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    I’ve never read a book from the perspective of a dragon so this one was really unique in that regard. It was definitely an interesting read; I love new perspectives and differing thought processes. Also just dragons in general. But, I think a lot of it was extraordinarily repetitive. We are told on numerous occasions that this dragon (and dragons in general) are very prideful creatures, that they are vain, and we are given continuous questioning for why they are in captivity or how they got into I’ve never read a book from the perspective of a dragon so this one was really unique in that regard. It was definitely an interesting read; I love new perspectives and differing thought processes. Also just dragons in general. But, I think a lot of it was extraordinarily repetitive. We are told on numerous occasions that this dragon (and dragons in general) are very prideful creatures, that they are vain, and we are given continuous questioning for why they are in captivity or how they got into that position. That isn’t to say that it was unnecessary; I just think to that extent was a bit overkill. Regardless, it was still a good read and I absolutely loved the ending. I feel like there were parts where the story tended to drag on for a while, but overall, definitely don't regret the read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nita Chay

    I fell in love with the way this story was narrated. While at times, it was frustrating to see Stormfall fall prey to the lures of the "stick people", I understood that this was a creature still learning the world. Because of that, I found this character, although a creature of myth, to be so relateable. The story itself was as long and winding and a dragon tail. It was a beautiful and somewhat tragic life that ended on a high note. For all of those who "couldn't get through it because it was to I fell in love with the way this story was narrated. While at times, it was frustrating to see Stormfall fall prey to the lures of the "stick people", I understood that this was a creature still learning the world. Because of that, I found this character, although a creature of myth, to be so relateable. The story itself was as long and winding and a dragon tail. It was a beautiful and somewhat tragic life that ended on a high note. For all of those who "couldn't get through it because it was too depressing" give it another shot. This story looks life in the face, showing you all the ugly sides but also all the beautiful ones a well. Hidden deep within this dragon's life is also the story of humanity. I loved it and it will definitely be a book I re-read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Volandkit

    I don't get why this book gets so much praises and high ratings. This is autobiography of a horse repackaged as a dragon for hype. Written awfully with hanging threads and inconsistencies all around. For example it is mentioned in the beginning that dragons love gold. However, there is no indication why dragons love gold or if they even understand concept of gold. The narrative is written from the perspective of "dragon" yet this dragon describes world around him as if he understands while it is I don't get why this book gets so much praises and high ratings. This is autobiography of a horse repackaged as a dragon for hype. Written awfully with hanging threads and inconsistencies all around. For example it is mentioned in the beginning that dragons love gold. However, there is no indication why dragons love gold or if they even understand concept of gold. The narrative is written from the perspective of "dragon" yet this dragon describes world around him as if he understands while it is clear that he does not. I was hoping for some progression like in "Flowers for Algernon" to maybe understand why it is written in this manner but obviously it is not that kind of book. Dragons in this book are dumb and do not get smarter or wiser, only bigger.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Stunning From the first page, this amazing story grabs you and pulls you in. I was totally immersed in the story within minutes, and read it in one sitting. Beautifully written and full of emotion.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pippa DaCosta

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert Negut

    I’ll just say it right away: Great book, constantly growing alongside its protagonist and narrator, who’s quite a character himself and whose “voice” and style fit almost perfectly and significantly add to the experience. The perhaps simple and humble beginnings are followed by ever more captivating and impactful stages, each relevant, each with a purpose, each leading into the next until the reader may find it difficult to contain the effects of what they see and experience. I know I did, at le I’ll just say it right away: Great book, constantly growing alongside its protagonist and narrator, who’s quite a character himself and whose “voice” and style fit almost perfectly and significantly add to the experience. The perhaps simple and humble beginnings are followed by ever more captivating and impactful stages, each relevant, each with a purpose, each leading into the next until the reader may find it difficult to contain the effects of what they see and experience. I know I did, at least, and you may think you know what I mean once you reach the Night of Dragonsong & Fire… But you may wish to take that as a warning to prepare for what’s to come, because it merely marks the beginning of a series of truly powerful scenes. I once again find myself wishing for half-star ratings, because I may have wanted to add one here. Then again, considering the very end, maybe not, as it didn’t need to go where it did and shouldn’t have done so. Other than that, it may need a little more editing, as there are a handful of things that slipped through, perhaps including the fact that the hundred keeps being added to and yet remains a hundred. Much more notably, the world of sticks and the few sticks that appear as characters may be said to be more of a sketch, or stick figures if you will, but the fact that it’s all presented from the point of view of a dragon helps with that, as it’s understandable that he neither knows nor cares much about such matters unless they directly affect him and it’d be quite out of character if he did. The fact that this also applies to the notable other dragons is somewhat more troubling, however.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    I loved this story. I loved the fantastical dragon world Dickson created, so much that I'm starting to wonder if she knows of some place far away where dragons soar and isn't telling anyone her secret. The story explores the mythology of dragons but it also shows the reader what makes a dragon - deep down inside - its desires and its spirit. I fell in love with Stormfall, so much that when he showed his character flaws - as most characters must do - I didn't want to see him fail. The book has a I loved this story. I loved the fantastical dragon world Dickson created, so much that I'm starting to wonder if she knows of some place far away where dragons soar and isn't telling anyone her secret. The story explores the mythology of dragons but it also shows the reader what makes a dragon - deep down inside - its desires and its spirit. I fell in love with Stormfall, so much that when he showed his character flaws - as most characters must do - I didn't want to see him fail. The book has a sort of Black Beauty thing going on - a story told in the perspective of an animal - where both caring and abusive humans exist and dragons are subject to either their loving caresses or abusive and self-serving ways. The book is a real page turner, where one adventure quickly flies into another and another. I stayed up several nights reading, telling myself just one more chapter, just one more. But it never worked. I kept on reading way past my bedtime. Totally recommend this book to anyone.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Gunson

    H. Leighton Dickson has yet again gifted us with a book which I could not put down until I had finished it. In a Black Beauty-like story with several twists, we follow the Night Dragon Stormfall, from his first adventures as a hatchling, through multiple strata of society, both human and dragon. Captured from the wild after a storm, Stormfall is domesticated by a young bond-servant but then becomes tempest-tossed by fortune and misfortune, as he moves from being a fisher-dragon to herd guardian H. Leighton Dickson has yet again gifted us with a book which I could not put down until I had finished it. In a Black Beauty-like story with several twists, we follow the Night Dragon Stormfall, from his first adventures as a hatchling, through multiple strata of society, both human and dragon. Captured from the wild after a storm, Stormfall is domesticated by a young bond-servant but then becomes tempest-tossed by fortune and misfortune, as he moves from being a fisher-dragon to herd guardian to funeral bearer, fighter, and finally, soldier. Stormfall, unlike many of his kind and even his human captors, is a thinking dragon capable also of great loyalty. During his journey, he learns that war, treachery and cruelty are universal, but so also is love, and ultimately, the call of the wild. I stayed up until 4am reading this book (as I always do with Ms Dickson's creations!)!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tillman

    The Dragon of Ash & Stars A different sort of tale. Written from the point of view of a Dragon. The Nameless Dragon of many names, the author skims the world of language. From the bird size Dragon of hatchling to a final island size old Dragon you will follow the life of a black Dragon. First a Fisher for men, the a beast of burden, next Warblood the undefeated gladiator of the dome. Flight Dragon in service to the Empire, and finally a Free Dragon and alpha of all dragons.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie Bird

    So surprising! Told thru the point of view of the dragon and beautifully done!

  26. 4 out of 5

    M.A. Guglielmo

    A dragon fantasy from the dragon's perspective. A young 'drake' is captured by humans and grows to become a feared night dragon. The novel has an interesting and complex storyworld, and I enjoyed seeing the human society through the eyes of the dragon. I did end up putting the book down for several months about mid-way through, and only finished it during a long plane ride. There is a series of violent and depressing events that repeat multiple times, and the bleakness of it all caused me to los A dragon fantasy from the dragon's perspective. A young 'drake' is captured by humans and grows to become a feared night dragon. The novel has an interesting and complex storyworld, and I enjoyed seeing the human society through the eyes of the dragon. I did end up putting the book down for several months about mid-way through, and only finished it during a long plane ride. There is a series of violent and depressing events that repeat multiple times, and the bleakness of it all caused me to lose interest. The writing and world-building are solid, with some lovely description. It might be best for fantasy readers who love dragon stories and prefer things on the grimdark side. It has a lot of violence against both humans and dragons, including some graphic details. There's a little sex, which is mostly not described at all. (And a realistic and hot sex scene between two real dragons is something I'd like to read!) The pacing and depressing tone would make it less approachable to YA readers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Poetschlag

    This book was very well written and I love how it puts you inside of the head of this young night dragon. Born wild with a heart for freedom, this baby dragon knows he was meant for great things. Things bigger than his dragon nest. But if you expect a dragon's story to be cheerful, think again. "Blackness in my wings and death at my claws. I was the night. I was the nightmare. I was Nameless, primal dragon of the night and the ash and the stars." -Stormfall This story was engaging and full of emot This book was very well written and I love how it puts you inside of the head of this young night dragon. Born wild with a heart for freedom, this baby dragon knows he was meant for great things. Things bigger than his dragon nest. But if you expect a dragon's story to be cheerful, think again. "Blackness in my wings and death at my claws. I was the night. I was the nightmare. I was Nameless, primal dragon of the night and the ash and the stars." -Stormfall This story was engaging and full of emotion and dispair. Life as a dragon in this world is not for the faint of heart or spirit. This poor creature goes through hell and trauma that would kill anyone. Its no surprise that this dragon goes by many names as his life develops and one part of himself is snuffed out by another just to survive. Is he Stormfall? Is he Warblood? Or does he become a terrifying mixture of both or neither?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Something different. Poignant. Sad but also upbeat. Not a happy ever after story. Not quite. Not a heroic orphan tale. A tragedy, I suppose, but the dragon STORMFALL is so sympathetic and likable, and so is his “boy.” I don’t usually like first person POV in fiction but it worked well here. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the excellent John Lee.

  29. 5 out of 5

    John Jr.

    Review Title: {A Dangerous tale of Dragonic Proportions} Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Review of {Dragon of Ash and Stars} by {H. Leighton Dickson} A comprehensive review by John Adams Theibert Jr. Review Method: This is a comprehensive review of a fantasy novel. In this review I will use a 10 element system that I developed to assign a star amount to this story out of a total of five stars. Each element has 2 components that are each worth 0.25 stars. Each element is worth a total of 0.5 stars. Ther Review Title: {A Dangerous tale of Dragonic Proportions} Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Review of {Dragon of Ash and Stars} by {H. Leighton Dickson} A comprehensive review by John Adams Theibert Jr. Review Method: This is a comprehensive review of a fantasy novel. In this review I will use a 10 element system that I developed to assign a star amount to this story out of a total of five stars. Each element has 2 components that are each worth 0.25 stars. Each element is worth a total of 0.5 stars. There are 5 primary elements and 5 secondary elements. There are 3 subtotal stars in the primary elements, obtained by adding the primary elements and rounding up. There are 2 subtotal stars in the secondary elements, obtained by adding the secondary elements and rounding down. Disclaimer: To avoid spoiling the story, my responses will be exceptionally vague and indistinct, however, this will require you to trust my instincts on the story to appreciate the rating I give it. Stars Given: [4] stars out of 5 stars /****-/ / * = star — = no star/ The Primary Elements: Idea, Plot, Characters, Setting, & Theme The Idea — hook and world: {The idea for this novel was excellent. The hook got me right away, because it was unique and interesting. I felt the world was clever and distinct, because it had an artistic and antique feel to it.} Stars for the idea: [0.5] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Plot — conflict and climax: {The plot was kind of hard to follow. The conflict seemed to be over generalized, without a clear antagonist. The climax was a little jarring, yet it was mildly fitting.} Stars for the plot: [0.25] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Characters — development and dimension: {The main character was well crafted and clearly identifiable. The main character was well developed by description, dialog and narration. The main character was fully three dimensional, changing dramatically and consequentially over the course of the story.} Stars for the characters: [0.5] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Setting — scenes and senses: {The setting was beautiful and dazzling, yet was not fully immersive. The scenes were the strong point, detailed and vivid in description. However, senses were not used thoroughly and effectively enough.} Stars for the setting: [0.25] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Theme — lesson and epiphany: {The theme was a little thin and intangible. There did not seem to be an obvious lesson being promoted, unless you count life is hard, but keep trying. I did not see a clear epiphany, yet the point of view from a dragons prospective is kind of different.} Stars for the theme: [0.25] stars out of 0.5 stars. Subtotal stars for the Primary Elements (always rounding up), [2] stars out of 3 stars. The Secondary Elements: Style, Substance, Grammar, Essence, & Impression. The Style — logic and pacing: {The style of the story was solid and consistent. The logic of the story stayed reasonable and understandable. The pacing of the story was sensible and covered lots of ground, but seemed to flow smoothly} Stars for the style: [0.5] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Substance — skeleton and teeth: {The substance of the story was strong yet lacked a cutting edge. The skeleton was well connected, in that the story felt well worked out. The story did not seem to be controversial in its approach, but was provocative in its execution, giving it a few small fangs.} Stars for the substance: [0.25] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Grammar — sentence structure and word usage: {The grammar of this story was mostly good with a few problems. The following are typos I found with the kindle locations to help the author find them. The originals are in parentheses.(including my aviary-mates Majentrix,) Kindle Location [2627]: Might need to make mates possessive.(He broke the wind with his body) Kindle Location [2661]: In my opinion try a different phrase.(the war flag of Remus. The war flag of Remus.) Kindle Location [3079]: Repetition.(Dragonscent) Kindle Location [3791]: Might be two words.} Stars for grammar: [0.5] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Essence — emotion and memory: {The essence of this story was intense and effervescent. This story employed a wide range of emotions from a dragon’s point of view, which was refreshing. The story had many memorable moments in all parts of the story.} Stars for the essence: [0.5] stars out of 0.5 stars. The Impression — opinion and talent: {My impression of this story is great. In my opinion the author worked hard to craft a skillful and clever story. The author has a lot of talent in imagining a world from a dragon’s point of view.} Stars for the impression: [0.5] stars out of 0.5 stars. Subtotal stars for the Secondary Elements (always rounding down) [2] stars out of 2 stars. Conclusion: {This story was fun, exciting, interesting, clever, unique, beautiful, dramatic, and provocative, with a sympathetic main character who felt completely fleshed out and connectable. The downside of this story was that it needed a clear and obvious antagonist. The story also had some thematic problems and was not exceptionally thought provoking, yet Overall the story was admirable and engaging.} Grand total stars for the story — primary elements and secondary elements: [4] stars out of 5 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Clysdale

    Best autobiography of a Dragon i ever read. Highly recommended to lovers of dragons.

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