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The Dragons of Deepwood Fen

By Bradley P. Beaulieu
The Dragons of Deepwood Fen by Bradley P. Beaulieu digital book - Fable

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This 1st book in a new fantasy series from the author of the acclaimed Song of the Shattered Sands series follows an unlikely pair as they expose the secrets at the heart of the mountain city of Ancris.

Lorelei Aurelius is the smartest inquisitor in the mountain city of Ancris. When a mysterious tip leads her to a clandestine meeting between the Church and the hated Red Knives, she uncovers a plot that threatens not only her home but the empire itself.

The trail leads her to Rylan Holbrooke, a notorious thief posing as a dragon singer. Rylan came to Ancris to solve the very same mystery she stumbled onto. Knowing his incarceration could lead to the Red Knives’ achieving their goals, Lorelei makes a fateful decision: she frees him.

Now branded as traitors, the two flee the city on dragonback. In the massive forest known as the Holt, they discover something terrible. The Red Knives are planning to awaken a powerful demigod in the holiest shrine in Ancris, and for some reason the Church is willing to allow it. It forces their return to Ancris, where the unlikely allies must rally the very people who’ve vowed to capture them before it’s too late.

Explore the mountain city of Ancris, where fast-paced adventure and intrigue abound. in this new offering from the author of the acclaimed Song of the Shattered Sands series.

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8 Reviews

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Expressionless Face“I liked the magic system of the book. The dragon scales giving a person who consumes it specific temporary abilities I found to be most interesting. The pacing was slow and though I started to care for the characters by the end I found that I really didn't.”
Unsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Thinking Face“The blurb promised a fast paced adventure, and intrigue. While there was plenty of political and religious intrigue, I found the pacing to be very slow. This book ended up feeling twice as long and was at times hard for me to want to pick up. There were 6 POVs and lots of threads to untangle but it did start making sense and coming together about 1/3 of the way in but the “good guys” were just as slow if not slower than me to catch up and by the end all was for naught as the “evil plan” was followed though. I will say that I did really enjoy the magic system and how it worked within the world as well as how much of a role the dragons actually played in their everyday life, and for the most part I did enjoy this cast of characters. However, I’m on the fence about continuing this series.”
Diverse charactersMagical setting
“3.5 ish. This book felt like a second job. I have pages of notes which I referenced repeatedly and even still, there’s so much that isn’t explained, I was often lost & confused. This is an epic fantasy set in an entirely new world with a completely new, unique and fascinating magic system. I love new magic systems! For as loooong as this book is, I needed more explanation of the magic system. There aura and umbra which come from the earth and the sky respectively. The humans use the magic by sniffing it. With that, the magic is actually treated as drugs. I liked this concept. The dragons are written more like dogs than dragons which I hate. I like dragons as strong independent beasts. They’re dragons! In this world, some dragons are bonded to humans through a ritual but others do the bidding of the human holding the crop. No, nope, nuhuh. They thump their tails in the ground in endearing ways and are generally submissive to humans. Just no. Don’t do dragons like that! I loved the story and the ideas. Too many POV with little character building and too much going on which isn’t really explained. It’s *almost* an exciting epic adventure… it just doesn’t quite get there for me.”

About Bradley P. Beaulieu

Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy and The Song of the Shattered Sands series, beginning with the acclaimed Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. His writing has garnered many accolades, including a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination and the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award.

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