Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse

The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse
Published October 26, 2010

The one word to describe this book would be: meh.  That’s it.  To be honest, it kept me relatively entertained and I was interested enough to keep flipping the pages but it didn’t really call out to me nor did I feel particularly engaged in the book.

The story followed the life of Rune from when he was a little boy and found cast off in a boat to when he finally learned how to be brave.  While he was vaguely interesting, there were too many other characters and all of them had odd, hard-to-remember names so there were times when I had to flip back and remember who the author was referring to.  Anyways, back to Rune – I really liked how his character developed throughout the novel from an insecure teenage boy to someone who could actually be trusted and relied on.  There were a lot of confusing aspects to his life as he was growing up such as Amma’s secrets , history of his lineage, and the ridicule that he would often receive from his peers but somehow he managed to overcome all of that and turn out to be a decent human being.

There were a few twists in the plot but overall, it was relatively predictable.  It was definitely a coming of age book and the story line personified that immensely.  I’m honestly not sure why I had this on my TBR list (if you couldn’t tell, I’ve been trying to tackle my ridiculous long list of TBRs for a few years now since I was quite busy the past few years so they’ve piled on) since this was clearly geared more towards the MG level rather than YA.  I probably would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I was in the actual target group or if I was more interested in this target group but alas, I was not.  So while this book was relatively decent for me, I would probably not recommend it unless you were extremely into dragons, fantasy and Beowulf as this book was inspired by Beowulf.   


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