Have you ever read a book and thought: “this is a book with ADD?” Dragon’s Eye is one such book that can be labelled as one with ADD. Why you ask? Just when you think it’s going one way, BOOM, it goes in another direction. Is that bad? Not quite, it’s part of the charm of this book. If you didn’t like it, you wouldn’t have made it this far in the series as all the books have this same particular charm.
Dragon’s Eye is the fifth book in the Sumeria’s Sons trilogy. It is also the long awaited sequel to Surrounded by Crimson as the reader finally gets to know what happens to Tristan after the devastating events in Surrounded by Crimson. I admit to being angry after reading this last book, because let’s face it, Tristan is one of those characters that can be labelled as ‘too stupid to live’. At the same time, Tristan and other characters have a charm that makes you continue reading.
Nope, not sharing as to what happens. You’ll have to find out for yourself. However, the first part of the story has a focus on Ushna. There were a few instances where I wanted to slap Ushna for being an idiot, but the story picks up soon and things get interesting when new plot arcs are introduced.
Like in the other books, there buckets full of Gods, Demi-Gods, Wolves, True Bloods and what not. At times I found it hard to keep track of and a few times I had to go back to the previous books to figure out the who’s who and who did what when. It’s part of the charm of the series.
I like a good story with background and mythology, but some of the time it’s all overwhelming and it takes away from the main story. It understood that it’s needed to support the story, but it makes it so that events are drawn out and the focus shifts from what is going on.
In a previous review, I likened this story to Anita Blake (by Laurell K. Hamilton). There is a magnifying focus on some events, while other events are glossed over. Same happens in Dragon’s Eye. I can’t go into details without giving away spoilers, but there were events in this story that should have had more attention, but they were pushed to the background. In that I sometimes wonder if the author is too ambitious in her plot. It could also be me.
So did I like this story? Yes, definitely. Though, as a reviewer I have to remain as objective as I can and give both sides of the story! What I definitely liked was finding out what happened to Tristan and seeing him grow more into himself. He gains a confidence and calm he didn’t have in the previous books.
It’s also good that we finally move forward on the Brian-front. There is a lot happening there, but also in a way too fast where in the others books it was slow going.
In a way, Ushna is the one who stands still. While that is part of the story, he has a lot of trauma to deal with and there is still a lot happening. The poor guy needs a breather or he’s going to get a bad case of PTSD.
There was something I didn’t quite like in this story: Nathan. Not so much as to what he did, but more as that his character felt twisted around to fit the story and make another obstacle for Tristan.
The overall conclusion, while the story is a bit all over the place, it fits in with the charm of the story. There is a lot of “telling” going around, but in that this series is a character-driven story. On some fronts the story finally moves forward, new elements and story arcs are introduced, more world building done. On other fronts the story is a bit slow with questions left unanswered.
Why you should read it: fans of the series will love this story. It’s not recommend to read Dragon’s Eye without reading any of the previous books in the series.
As a side note: look at the cover! Isn’t it pretty?