Title: Curses of Scale
Published: 15th November 2017
Author: S.D. Reeves
Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.
Creative fantasy world where many peoples’ paths are thrust together for one main journey’s end, who will make it out is anyone’s guess.
Starts as it means to go on with Calem right in the thick of a skirmish with many more to follow. Dropped right into the middle of action, though I felt like I was playing catch up trying to figure things out. Seems Calem has some magic but not enough to stop a curse from taking hold of his wife. He seeks a deal with Oberon to help but will the trickster hold up his end after being sent to where he needs to be? With Calem slowly going mad from his task is he soon to be a danger to others as well as himself?
Niena wants to be taken seriously by others, mostly her grandfather Captain Marny, and show that she can take care of herself out in the world. Something her grandfather doesn’t want her to endure. She wants to explore, fearing she’ll waste away if she doesn’t, and soon gets her wish. Things don’t go to plan on an ale run and she finds herself alone in a world in chaos with a dragon and battles falling at her feet. Perhaps it’s her imagination she needs to worry over with where it seems to take her and a stranger she meets along the way.
Marny sees the destruction and knows he needs to get his people to safety but mainly he wants to find his granddaughter. The journey is perilous but he needs to keep his head to keep people alive with the route they have taken. Seems these three journeys are soon to collide in a dragon’s destructive path. Who will make it out in this fantasy ride?
Bit of a strange book for me that took a while to get going and even longer to make sense with what was happening. It picks up at near the end when things start to click into place. I think what put me off in places was not the story itself but how the narrative parts were written in first person. It took me a while to get used to the style of writing and it’s not one I would go back to. Also didn’t help that there were different POVs but not always clear at first who you are with. Interesting story all the same.
2.5/3 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.