Sam is only halfway through his apprenticeship when his master, Flaxfield, dies. He needs to finish learning magic, but not from Flaxfield’s intimidating past apprentices, so he sets off to find a new teacher. Little does he know how strong his power is, or what others will do to get ahold of it.
The premise of Dragonborn is quite an interesting one. It focuses on several characters throughout the course of the book, allowing readers a wider view of the world in which the story takes place and the depth of the situation Sam has gotten himself into, albeit unintentionally. Though Sam is involved in a large conflict, the scope of which isn’t even fully explained in this book, he’s very clearly characterized as a child. Rather than making him an intentionally influential figure, it shows how a person can get caught up in something without even trying, and what that can mean for them, especially as a child.
The execution of this story is one I struggled with quite a bit. The point of view changes far too frequently for my liking. It’s a bit difficult to keep track of whose point of view the story is coming from, especially at the beginning of the book. As the story progresses and becomes more convoluted, the switches become less frequent but no less confusing. The flow overall was lacking and made it hard to understand the plot. I hope that the following books are better paced and provide more explaination on the major conflict, otherwise I am rather disappointed.
Yours in love and literature, Page.
Content warning(s): death, torture, violence
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