August 15, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★★

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DragonDragon by Rustin Petrae
Series: Histories of Purga #1
on 11/1/2012
Pages: 194
Format: eBook
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He was an enemy.

She saved his life.

The rest is history.

Rooks have embraced science and technology, even inventing helpful, microscopic, robots called nanos to create nearly any machine they want to meet their needs.

The Terraquois are their opposite. They have embraced the spiritual and have a deep bond with nature. It is this bond that allows them to transform into the animal that resembles their own, inner selves.

These two races have fought each, often with brutal savagery, for centuries. But things change when the Rook prince, Rone Varlamagne, is shot out of the sky and left for dead in the desert by an unknown force. Keiara, the daughter of the Terraquois chieftan, is the one to find him but instead of killing him, she decides to save his life. It is one act. One conscious choice, but it changes everything for them and the entire face of Purga.

Together, they face foes from every direction...and they will stop at nothing to protect each other.

With Dragon, I was hooked from the beginning. The story covers two distinct societies: a technologically advanced one, and one with advanced natural powers. The two main characters (Rone and Keiara) were very likable and well developed. The action was well-paced and the world was very well detailed. I could easily imagine the peoples in my mind and how their world worked. The uses of the nano-technology were varied and interesting, while on the other hand, all the natural powers possessed by the Terraquois were just as varied. While the main antagonist is quite evil, there was enough back-story and nuance to make him very interesting. Both main characters are essential to the story, but I felt that Rone was pretty transparent whereas Keiara was full of mystery. They are a nice combination together and Keiara will obviously be central to the second book.

I do my best to write balanced reviews, but I just can’t think of anything negative to say about this one. It is one of the few books I have read recently that I couldn’t put down and it is very skillfully written. It reminds me a lot of another one of my favorites…Graceling. You have the romance, the self-discovery of the heroine’s powers, the rich fantasy world, and ultimately the fight against the evil tyrant. This is one of my favorites now and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.


About Rustin Petrae

I’m Rustin Petrae, a graphic designer out of Ohio. I was actually born in San Antonio, Texas but spent nearly half my life overseas. I grew up on Misawa Air Force Base, Japan and then went on to Seoul, South Korea and then onto Osan Air Force Base, South Korea where I graduated from Osan American High School. I loved that life. I loved living in a country where I was able to absorb different cultures and traditions. I learned a lot from that and I use a lot of what I learned in my writing.
I started very early on. In fact, I can remember one of my elementary school teachers asking us all what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer was that I wanted to either be a cartoonist or an author. Well, I didn’t end up being a cartoonist (although I still draw and create my own characters). I went on to pursue the graphic design route, but I never did give up on writing. I think I really started to pursue it again when I was a senior in high school. That’s when I tried to get a little more serious about it and also when I completed one of my first short stories. Ever since then, I have written several stories, flash fictions, a couple of novellas, and two novels.

I’ve always enjoyed the creative process. I love taking things and seeing them through until they are something real. Something you can actually grab onto. For me, the creative spark really began in Misawa, Japan. All of my friends, myself included, would make up characters, cartoons and the worlds they would go in. Shortly after that I started drawing and spent a long time creating even more characters. It wasn’t until a couple of class projects where we had to write and make our own books that I realized I could write about the characters that I drew.

Everything just sort of spun off from that and I’ve spent nearly my whole life creating these characters and sharpening them and their worlds until I have stories that I like. I hope that everyone else likes them too.

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