Book 45 is a book called The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood. I picked this book up at a Comic Con. The author is also the artist and he was there to show his artwork. The book is about dragons so it seemed good to me. When the new reading challenge came and a category for a book with season in the title so this was perfect. Now there is one thing that threw me was how high fantasy this book is. Trust me, if you find it hard to get into books that are fantasy with names and customs you don’t know very well and you have to remember details to get into the story, then this book will be difficult for you. I will admit that it was a little difficult for me as well. There was so many characters in the beginning and the whole concept of dragons and the customs around them; there was just so many details to remember so I had to wrap my head around all the details before I could get into the story itself.
The book is about a girl, Maia, who sees a The Summer Dragon when her and her brother decided to go out into the forest instead of doing their duty. The Summer Dragon is one of the High Dragons and represents change in this world. And everything does change and Maia is trust into a war with politics and religion and a fierce being that no one understands
Maia is a strong female character and the other doesn’t diminish her character with a love and romance like many authors do. That being said, I get giving the main character a love interest but so many times the female character is diminished by this love. She often defers to him or he controls her in a way or it is a weakness used to exploit her. That being said, there was a possible love interest and I thought it was interest. Maia didn’t reciprocate the male character’s feelings but his feelings did play a part in story. I really thought that it was interesting that the author made Maia’s feelings and thoughts realistic for a female. I always find that male authors who write female characters follow certain stereotypes. Lockwood doesn’t do that. Maia knows about the potential romance but she is so into proving herself and becoming part of her family’s business and she didn’t want the romance get her way. I admire her for that.
There is also an interesting use of allusions to religion in the book. Especially Christianity and how many people perverted teachings to further their own needs and ambitions. It is written in history the many evil acts done for Christianity. Not only that, many people use Christianity to attack other believes and teachings that have been around longer than it. I bring this up because in Summer Dragon, there is this struggle with religion. A priest shuts down any explanation of the old religion and makes the seeing of the Summer Dragon as something bad. They actually kill a whole group of people because they dared to give some relevance to the Summer Dragon and the Maia seeing him. This religious intolerance leads to a lot of trouble for Maia and her family. It causes a lot of heartache and ends with Maia having to leave home to save her life.
Well all in all, great book and I am very happy that I finally finished the book. Like I said in the beginning, if you aren’t used to high fantasy, this book will be difficult for you. If you like trying to immerse yourself into new worlds with many different customs and religions, this a good book to try. Not only that, but the artwork is so beautiful. See you next book!
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