Jun 022015
 
Review: The Dragons of HeavenThe Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms
Published by Angry Robot on Jun 2, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: eARC from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather. She also got his preternatural control of shadows and his enduring legacy as the legendary vigilante superhero, Mr. Mystic.

After a little work, the costume fits OK, but Missy is far from experienced at fighting crime, so she journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. She becomes embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the allegedly mythical nine dragon-guardians of all creation.

When Lung Di—Lung Huang's brother and mortal enemy—raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I wanted to love this book because it has a cool, and original sounding premise. There are super heroes, with dragons, and Asian myth lore, told through a female protagonist. Unfortunately, it’s told using a dual now and then narration that felt more like 2 different people.

The story starts with the now narrative, but it’s very confusing as to who everyone is, and what’s happening. Most of this is explained in the then narrative, but since the two narratives switch back and forth throughout the story, you don’t really get the full background until near the end of the book.

This, combined with my complete misunderstanding of Missy’s age in the now narrative made this book hard to follow. I did really like the then narrative, but would have preferred to read just it. It was filled with exciting dragon action, with a more character driven theme. The now narrative felt younger, and more action driven, but didn’t make sense without the full background.

Overall, there were good elements to the book, but the narration style made it feel disjointed and hard to read.

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