Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay


Overall Impression

Source: Netgalley

Challenges: None

Publication Date: October 4th 2011

Short synopsis (Goodreads)Master storyteller Jane Yolen ("Owl Moon" and "Sword of the Rightful King") and celebrated fantasy artist Rebecca Guay ("Swamp Thing" and "Magic: The Gathering") weave a textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way. Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew - with only a healer's daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.

My Review: This was only an OK read for me. To make this easier I’ll break it down into things that worked for me and the things that didn’t.

What worked for me: the drawings. Some of them were absolutely breathtaking!

On to the things that didn’t work as well for me: other of the drawings looked rushed, not as well thought out. The story was too simple. I went into this with somewhat high expectations; it is Jane Yolen after all. The Last Dragon makes it sound like the dragon has some part to play in the story…yeah, not so much. He doesn’t even talk, or have feelings, or anything else that is implied with a title with ‘dragon’ in it.

The story line was incredibly simple and not a lot of character development. The main thing that this book has to recommend it is some of the artwork.

2 comments:

  1. The artwork looks gorgeous. I haven't heard of this before, I'll definitely be checking it out!

    :)

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  2. Bugger. I hadn't requested this one cause I was teetering back and forth with whether or not I would enjoy it, after your review it sounds like I made the right choice. I have such a hard time writing reviews for books that were just ok.

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