Before I start my review, I would like to thank Michael La Ronn for allowing me to review Old Dark.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received Old Dark from Michael La Ronn for free for my honest and unbiased review**
Now onto my review:
Title: Old Dark
Author: Michael La Ronn
Publisher: Ursabrand Media
Date of publication: August 5th 2016
Number of pages: 250
Where the book can be found:
Part of a series: Yes
What series: The Last Dragon Lord
Old Dark – Book 1
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
Dragon Lord. Despot. Psychopath.
Old Dark is a viperous dragon lord who rules the world with an iron fist. For two hundred years he and his dragons have terrorized humans and elves, forcing them to pay tribute or die.
There’s a deadly conspiracy brewing. And if he doesn’t contain it, it will destroy him and everything he’s built.
But Dark was born to fight. There’s a reason the ancients called him Dark the Wicked…
Old Dark is the first book in the dark fantasy series The Last Dragon Lord. Readers who like the Age of Fire series and Smaug from the Lord of the Rings will enjoy this series.
This book was deliciously good.
Mainly told from the viewpoint of Old Dark, a vicious black dragon, it totally embraced how society perceives dragons and runs with it. Greedy, vicious leaders who won’t hesitate to destroy a village to make a point. Loved it!! Not too often that you read a book that 100% supports the bad guy.
What I loved is that the author refused to kill him off. Instead, he had him cursed in an attack and that curse went wrong and he fell asleep for 1,000 years. In this time, humans, elves and dragons were coexisting rather peacefully. Dragons were no longer feared but they worked with humans. Elves can use magic and magic defines their whole society. Human and elves intermarry and have children. There was a downside, though. Magic was being drained from wells beneath the city faster than it could replenish itself.
This is where you meet Miri Charmwell and Lucan Grimoire (love the names btw). Miri is a professor in the Department of Magical Sciences. He is running for governor (against his uncle). They get thrown together when he discovers a dragon tomb in the middle of the Ancestral Bogs and he needs her to help him discover whose tomb it was.
I will admit, I didn’t care for Lucan or Miri’s characters at all, at first. Miri grew on me, at least. Lucan, well he’s came across as a bastard and the author did nothing to dissuade me from that impression.
I do love the latter part of the book. Not going to give anything away but it was great. The ending, even though it was a cliffhanger, was perfect. I really can’t wait to read the next book!!
How many stars will I give Old Dark? 4
Why? Loved the story. Like I said above, it was delicious and a breath of fresh air. Miri’s character was a little naive and Lucan’s character was a bastard. The only thing I didn’t like was that it was a cliffhanger (as you all know, I hate them).
Will I reread? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range? Teen on up
Why? Some sexual situations, lots of violence but nothing too gory