So I was beyond ecstatic when I learned that at last a sequel had been written.
Maybe it was because my expectations were set too high, but this book was such a let down. I did enjoy the story that was being told but I kept being pulled out with the writing and the editing that was done or not done on this book. It felt like it was a rough draft that got rushed into publication. Not only were there spelling and grammatical mistakes, but different chapters conflicted with each other and sometimes sequential paragraphs conflicted with each other.
Not to mention, a lot of the second book conflicted with the first.
There was potential for Kander to reappear since he had been such a mystery in the first book but his role in this story just felt too contrived. He being the reason the Raiders attacked Melayne in the very beginning, and then again as Melayne and Sander had found refuge on the island of Far Holme. For me, his part would have been more substantial had the raiders not been involved.
I'm not even sure why if he was in such a fervor to reunite with his sister, why he wouldn't just go to his home and talk to her himself and let his parents know that he was still alive. Sparing the lives of his parents that were killed and Melayne and Sarrow running into all the obstacles they faced in Secrets.
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True, there never would have been a Secret of Dragonhome had that happened, but it would have made more sense than Kander being behind the Raider attacks since they never seemed to listen to him. In the early part of Slayers it's found out that a dragon had been buried on the property of the house Melayne and Sarrow lived in before it was attacked by Raiders.
Sander then speculates that is probably the reason that family has produced such strong Talents. However, in both books it's stated that a child BORN on a property that had dragon scales will develop a Talent. Neither Melayne or Kander were born at that house. So, for me, that felt like useless dialogue. I guess it could always resurface in any future book, but it was something that bothered me in this one. Then there is the whole part of both of Melayne's brothers going "insane" and trying to get to her. I use insane in quotations because just about every other thing throughout the entire pages of this book was described as insane.
I'm going insane from the amount of times insane was used. Many things were repeated throughout the book which is why I stated that it felt like a rough draft. The background of characters were overly repeated. Melayne's concern for her husband, children and the dragons was also constantly brought up. And I'm talking just about every other paragraph. There were also incidents where once a word had been used, you'd see it again a half dozen times by the end of the page.
One example of this that happens early on; "Corran was curious about this. Melayne was from Stormgard, one of the Five Kingdoms. It had been at war with Farrowholme, where he had been born, ever since he had been born. When the dragons are speaking, half of the time their dialogue is captioned by asterisks, half the time it's quotations marks. In Secrets, the population seems to be monotheistic always saying "the good God" while in Slayers they were polytheistic "the gods,".
Except in the last two chapters they seemed to have reverted back to believing in only one god again. And while Sarrow's Talent is Persausion, he's referred to having Compulsion at one time. The poor writing constantly took me out of the story. I originally thought that maybe it had been written as a children's or young adult story as Secrets had been. But after seeing "bitch", "bastard", and "damned" multiple times I realized that was not the case.
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Not just the people were consumed with it but so were the dragons. The constant solicitations of Poth towards Sander were so unnecessary. It added nothing to the story and it made both characters seem weak. All of the characters were poorly developed. Sander proves not to be the strong Lord that he originally starts off as.
Constantly breaking under what little pressure he is put under. Melayne is annoyingly stubborn and believes she is Queen of the world. Her entire purpose is to argue with Melayne and then make stupid jokes at inappropriate times. Corri is depicted as a stupid blonde.
Poth is only concerned with bedding Sander. And Margone has been trained his entire life to hate dragons, after all he is a dragon slayer. But after spending a couple days with Tura he completely changes his mind. I would have understood the transformation more had it taken several weeks or months, even. But it just doesn't seem practical that a life long point of view was completely reversed in just a couple of days.
Melayne's Talent was in play here, but she says herself that she can only show the person their wrong ways and it's up to the person to change. The name selection was also poorly chosen. I know this one is really picky but they were just so unoriginal and often times confusing. Two Falma's and two Cassary's which were constantly being distinguished from one another so why bother?
It was so hard to believe that this was written by John Peel.
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It felt like it was written once and then never read through again. I am still glad I read the book and I am waiting for the third. But I really hope it's not such a struggle as this one was. There were some really good parts, story wise. I was overly joyed when Greyn came back. And I feel awful having to write such negative things about the book. When I originally bought it I couldn't wait to read it and "knew" I was going to love it no matter what. So maybe, despite all the bad things I had to say, that's why I still gave it 4 stars. I really do love Dragonhome. I've never written such a long review, and I probably won't again, but I care so much about this series.
Nov 22, Mouselet rated it really liked it Recommends it for: After more than a decade, the unexpected sequel to The Secret of Dragonhome returns us to the same world we knew, following the story of the characters we know and love.
Picking up and building on elements from the first book, while introducing those which were only hinted at, The Slayers of Dragonhome is indeed a worthy sequel. It even, to my pleasure, reads the same as the first book, which is no mean feat after ten plus years. Overall, I enjoyed the new book and will certainly keep an eye out f After more than a decade, the unexpected sequel to The Secret of Dragonhome returns us to the same world we knew, following the story of the characters we know and love.
Overall, I enjoyed the new book and will certainly keep an eye out for the upcoming third. I did have some issues with being able to see certain plot points quite early on and I'd really like to understand more about the dragons, but for the moment I'll simply enjoy the story I got and hope that some of my questions are answered in the next. May 17, Lauren Miller rated it did not like it. Who are these people and what did they do with the characters I grew up loving?
Who edited this book? I'm so disappointed with this story and it's sort of soured me on the original story.
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I waited a long time for a sequel and it really didn't do the original novel any justice. From the horrible cover to the typos and story that didn't make any sense. There was zero character development in this book and I actually think they sort of went backwards. I just don't know how this is an actual book. Jun 04, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've just finished "Slayers" after years of waiting for this sequel and I must say, I was not disappointed.
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Even it is in our downtime or sensation bored of the tasks in the workplace, this corrects for you. The long-awaited sequel to "The Secret Of Dragonhome". Melayne is back and in trouble, as usual. Her dragons are growing and so is her family. Raiders are trying to kill her, slayers are hunting her dragons and there's a mad god on the loose. He moved to New York in to get married and lives on Long Island with his wife and pack of minpins. By Francine Fleischer I waited for this book hungrily for years and years, and when I at last got my hands on it I devoured it like a ravenous wolf till there wasn't a single letter left for my eyes to eat.
Better than the first! Can't wait for the next one! Oh, yes, there is a next one - I practically exploded with joy when I saw that, coming up next, is a book entitled The Siege of Dragonhome! I may starve before then This time, you get more than just the perspective of Melayne.
John Peel switches from point of view to point of view, so we get to know many characters better than we did before. Once again, Melayne and her friends confront the many injustices extant in their world, in order to protect the dragons, the Talents, and the ordinary humans, and to leave the world a better place for their children oh, yes, there are children! There is action, adventure, suspense and romance, danger and humor Read it for yourselves! The Artist By N. Lane I have been a fan of the first book:
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