I’m a sucker for an interesting blurb. And if the book has an interesting cover, I am even more intrigued. Well, this one grabbed my attention while looking through the blog post on http://pattyjansen.com/promo/
What would you do if you woke up in a place you did not recognise, with no memory of who you are? Would you fall asleep again and hope to remember when you woke up next? Would you hide yourself away, giving into self-pity? Or would you walk out and explore this strange new world, hoping to recover your memory on the way?
Join the narrator of Dragonscale Leggings as she sets out to discover where she is, why she is there and how or if she can return home. Accompanied by Tygar, a white stallion who appoints himself her guardian and armed with a giant potato peeler, Dracomagan travels through a lush and dreamlike Otherworld.
Discovering she has a strange aversion to magic users, particularly Merlin, the narrator turns her hand to dragon slaying, only to end up being arrested for heresy.
Who will help her find her true identity? Will it be Sama, the gorgeous harpist who gives her a name? Will it be aggravating Agravaine, a knight who prefers fashion to fighting? Can Gatus, the goat herder help her? Or will the mysterious retired Pirate King show her the path to her real memories?
Think Alice in Wonderland meets Bridget Jones. This story is an antidote to the long, on-going series where everyone dies… There are no shiny vampires or cute werewolves in this tale, but there is a crowd of fantasy characters who refuse to conform to type.
Dragonscale Leggings was an interesting, fun read. It pokes fun at a genre that many take way too seriously. I love a well-written parody. This Fantasy Parody is just that, well-written. Written as the journal of the main character, this story moved along quite nicely, expect for the time in prison. Sure, prison time never moves fast, or so I’ve been told, but that part of the book was the only part I took issue with.
The author is very talented, is able to create a likeable character, a not-likeable character, and can paint a picture in the reader’s mind without going into excess detail. The prose was fluid and easy to read. I really liked this story and plan on looking into more titles by the author.
4.5 of 5 Stars (rounds to 5)