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Imagine you’re ten years old, playing in the woods when you stumble upon an egg. You can’t tell what type of egg it is. So you wait for it to hatch. This is what happened to Nat. When the egg did hatch, Nat got the surprise of his life. It was a dragon’s egg. He names the dragon Danby and the two soon become best friends.
The Tales Of Westerford: Dragons, Knights, and Kings is a collection of stories all told from Nat’s perspective. The title really tells you everything you need to know. The stories are reminiscent of fairy tales in the sense that they are pretty simplistic but they do have a lesson behind them. For me, this was a pretty light book. It is only a little over 5 hours long and I didn’t have to think very much about what was going on. A little bit predictable. That being said, I feel like I need a book like that every once in a while and it was enjoyable for the most part. I do wish that we had seen a little bit more of some of the characters. But as the stories are all from Nat’s perspective, I guess it is only natural that we see more of him than anyone else.
The narrator, Troy Reich, did an okay job. Overall he kept my attention and I could tell the different characters apart. But I really didn’t feel any emotion in the narration. There are some audiobooks that can pull at your emotions from the narration. This book did not do that for me. There were no issues with the production; no hisses, pops, or anything like that.
I think this is a good book if you need a relaxing listen or maybe for a young adult reader who is reading fantasy for the first time. If you are looking for an epic fantasy read or something with a lot of plot twists, this probably isn’t the book for you. To me, The Tales Of Westerford feels more like a story treatment that could be fleshed out into a longer novel. The potential is definitely there for a longer, more in-depth story. Overall, I’d say The Tales of Westerford: Dragons, Knights, and Kings is a decent book but nothing that hasn’t been told before.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author/narrator/publisher.
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