The Dragonward (The Godsfall Trilogy, #1) By Michael Meyerhofer

    Rowen Locke has struggled to keep the peace between all races since the end of the War of the Lotus 3 years earlier. But people are quick to forget how magic, the Shel’ai, and others brought peace, it is easier to remember the old hatreds. Then there is a new Shel’ai called Algol that has plans to bring down this world. Algol has partnered with Crovis Ammerhel and is planning on bringing down the Dragonward and return the dragonkin to this world. But Rowen Locke, Maddoc, Igrid, and others are going to do whatever they can to keep that from happening.

    Rowen is doing his best to protect those that he loves, even though everyone else seems to be against him. But he is loyal and determined, even if he is arrested, falsely imprisoned, beaten, and threatened to be executed. I loved Igrid, she is strong and determined and won’t quit no matter what. You can tell that she loves Rowen deeply although I think she was going to kill him. Algol is a powerful She’ai and has his own history but he is willing to do whatever it takes to bring back Nekiel.

    If you like epic fantasy stories you have a read this one. This is an amazing story with lots of action, death, and a serious bad guy that has plans to destroy everything. What more could you want? If you like audiobooks, make sure to check out the Audible copy. The narration was amazing and helped draw me into the story.

    I received The Dragonward from Sage’s Reading Room for free and I also purchased a copy of The Dragonward from Audible. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
    1940215765 I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

    I was worried having not read the previous Trilogy whether I would be able to relate to the characters or follow the story.
    This was a brilliant read with the story engaging me from the start.
    The characters are full of depth and although in places I could have done with reading the previous Trilogy I just could not put it down. 1940215765
    An Engaging Fantasy..

    This a Fantasy Tale of a land where the people find it difficult to survive and where war may erupt at any moment.

    The Dragonkin, have been exiled and are threatening revenge.

    The story line was filled with twists, suspense and magic.

    I was held captivated by the entire book.

    Overall, an Engaging worthwhile read or listen.

    Craig Beck did really well with the narration.

    This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
    1940215765 This was my first reading by Michael Meyerhofer and I would give it a 4.5, his writing style and character building is complex and thorough, which in parts makes it feel a little longer than it needs to be but this is similar to other epic works that are quite popular. There seemed to be a lot of people to sort through at first but once I got a handle on everything the plot started to thicken I was right into it! Great work 1940215765 The Dragonward picks up three years after the War of the Lotus, which was chronicled in Meyerhofer’s Dragonkin Trilogy. It’s always fun coming back to characters that you enjoyed connecting with even if it means trouble is on the horizon again. The characters have all changed based on their past experiences, but not so much that I felt like I was reading about different people. Going through what they did in the original trilogy would change anyone, and it’s interesting to see their development.

    The storyline of The Dragonward is interesting. Even if the world was in trouble in the original trilogy, somehow the stakes now seem even higher. There is a stark divide in Lyos of those who want to eradicate the world of magic and those who want to live in that world. Fanatical groups are on the rise and Rowen Locke is dragged back into it because he’s the hero that Lyos needs since he is the only one that can hold the sword Knightswrath.

    I loved the trio of Igrid, Zeia and Keswan fighting together. Three women who didn’t need the protection of men to take care of the themselves. Together, they are a formidable group that can put down most any character, probably even Locke himself.

    The biggest miss in the book was the introduction of characters early on and then forgetting about them. Meyerhofer introduced The Scion, a Dwarr so against magic that he would fight and die to get rid of it. But we only get to see him once and then he is briefly mentioned toward the end of the book. I felt there also could have been more with the main bad guy. Algol was supposedly meaner and nastier than anything Locke has ever faced, but he just didn’t seem scary or even ruthless enough.

    In the end, I actually wanted more. That’s how much I enjoy this world that Meyerhofer has created. I still enjoyed The Dragonward and loved revisiting a few old friends in their new adventure.

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    Three years after the War of the Lotus, alliances have already begun to unravel. As Rowen Locke struggles to maintain peace, troubling news reaches him from every corner. Persecution of the Shel'ai has reignited in the south, spurred on by a fanatical priest. To the north, the Isle Knights are withering under the leadership of mad Crovis Ammerhel. Old friends fight each other when not drowning their sorrows in taverns.

    A new threat emerges from across the sea, dispatched by the same exiled Dragonkin who have been plotting their revenge for centuries. Rowen and his companions soon realize that the target is the Dragonward itself: their one and only defense against an evil so vast even Knightswrath could not vanquish it. The Dragonward (The Godsfall Trilogy, #1)

    Dark fantasy comes to life under the skilled pen of Michael Meyerhofer. THE DRAGONWARD is a tale of a land struggling to survive in a world where war could begin with little provocation and true heroes are few and far between. Now the Dragonkin, long exiled are raising the threat levels and promising revenge on a previous loss. The target has been chosen and doom looms on the horizon.

    Michael Meyerhofer blends races, lifestyle choices and fascinating twists as he weaves a tale of intrigue, action and magic. All of the ingredients are there for an epic fantasy and are well-portrayed. Each scene feels alive, while many of the characters are developed with rich strokes of imagination. When offered this book for review, I was unaware of the previous trilogy that may or may not have filled in blanks that I felt were left open. Although the author does show a strong talent and way with words, I am sorry to say, this did effect my review and enjoyment of this tale.

    That said, I still see a great talent in Michael Meyerhofer as he developed this fantasy and gave it several twists on a wonderful journey to the end.

    I received this copy from Red Adept and Michael Meyerhofer in exchange for my honest review.

    My Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Series: Godsfall Trilogy - Book 1
    Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (August 9, 2016)
    Publication Date: August 9, 2016
    Genre: Dark Fantasy
    Print Length: 324 pages
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    1940215765 To fully enjoy this book, you really need to read The Dragonkin Trilogy first. I was completely lost and kept thinking I'd missed something. Well of course I had, the entire trilogy that started everything. Unfortunately for me, I had no idea this was a spinoff of the Dragonkin Trilogy but now you know.

    That being said, this is a well-thought out plot, with engaging characters and a rather unique premise. I found myself unable to put this down and read it right through from start to finish in one day. I thoroughly enjoyed Dragonward and will definitely be picking up The Dragonkin Trilogy to get some background on the lands, the peoples and the war.

    Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

    1940215765 Page-turning fantasy. A series and an author worth investigating.

    This was a very enjoyable book indeed. The world building is particularly intriguing and well done. There is an interesting assortment of characters and races, magic wielders, clerics and warriors. Throw some humour, action, intrigue and fanaticism and intolerance into the mix and this was a compelling read.

    I hadn't read the prior trilogy, The Dragonkin, but it was fairly easy slipping into this world with little confusion about how all the characters meshed. Refreshing to see some diversity present too, doesn't happen in fantasy worlds as much as it possibly could.

    I initially received this as an ARC, but this series is a definite keeper and I purchased my own copy. The Dragonkin Trilogy is also now firmly on my download list. 1940215765 This is a solid 3.5 stars!
    Here are my first thoughts on this book but a longer review will come!
    Provided that I did not read the prior trilogy by Michael Meyerhofer which precedes this one, I had a great time reading through this book and I could not stop reading it! The writing is there, the story is addictive and the characters are a variety, diverse and interesting twists. Also, did I mention there is magic? I love magic!
    I liked the use of several races, I liked the LGBTQ+ characters - even among the most powerful and relevant character, a bold choice and I totally appreciated it! - there is blood, war, death, trauma, magic; in essence, all you want from a fantasy book!

    Locke and Igrid are solid characters and they seem to have some depth. But the other characters seemed a bit rushed; don't get me wrong, it is visually clear the trauma the characters went through but it felt like there was not enough development on the characters. Now, it is a shorter book than what I have been reading lately but I really missed some character depth there.
    Also, the second reason why the book does not have a full 4 star, is that even the story seems to cut corners. It is clear and straightforward, don't get me wrong, it is a strong fantasy story, yet it misses something especially the intervals between more important scenes are not there.
    In essence, I think this is a book that might have benefit from a slightly longer plot and character development but it might also be that this is Michael Meyerhofer's style and I missed some references (because I did not read the other trilogy!).

    Totally recommended for fantasy lovers!

    Also, this book was provided by NetGalley for an honest review! 1940215765 4.5

    Book source ~ ARC. My review is voluntary and honest.

    It’s been three hectic years since the War of the Lotus and Ruun is far from healed. In fact, it’s barely healing at all. Despite Rowen Locke’s and his allies best efforts there is still strife and rumblings of even more unrest. When a new menace surfaces, threatening to bring down the Dragonward, Rowen and everyone he calls ally must once again fight to defend Ruun from its enemies and the exiled Dragonkin before it’s too late.

    For those who have read and enjoyed The Dragonkin Trilogy this new trilogy in the world of Ruun will be right up your alley. For those new to the world of Ruun, you can start with this trilogy, but why? Why would you do that? You’ll miss all the struggles, sacrifices, battles, deception, and triumphs of the first trilogy that lead into this one. So don’t skip it. But if you must, then this first book does a decent job of dropping you into the world and not being totally lost.

    Poor Rowen. The unwilling hero just wants to live in peace after witnessing the near destruction of his world. But he’s not going to get it. Told from multiple POVs the action is near non-stop. There are several factions coming together from beginning to end and having multiple viewpoints is the only way to get the full immersion in this world. Some characters I love, some I hate, and some I really loathe, but make no mistake, you won’t walk through this story without feeling something for each one. The world is rich with history and depth and it makes my heart ache knowing that the characters I’ve come to love will get no peace again in it. At least, not just yet. The Dragonward may be done, but the Godsfall trilogy has only just begun.