The Dragonslayer Series – Resa Nelson
I have spent the past couple months working my way through this series. After having read her newest story for the companion series Dragonfly, I needed to know more about the characters I was being introduced to. The Dragonslayer Series, is the story of Astrid, a common blacksmith, who in the end is anything but common. Each book continues her journey and each one contains an element she must overcome to gain knowledge about herself and about the world she is destined to protect.
I find it sometimes hard to critique one book in a series when they are heavily connected — where the sequels are just a continuation of the story. Therefore, instead of talking about each one individually, I prefer to look at the series as a whole.
Once again Nelson had me hooked within the first couple chapters. Every element a good story should have Nelson included. I never felt anything was missing. Plot holes I was afraid would never be answered, were tidied up at the end. A clean, well-written, dragon-ish and magical adventure that I believe most fantasy buffs will enjoy. Nelson is a good storyteller and I feel a part of the world she created. A place where dragons are not always dragons, and what is a dragon exactly? A place where the bad guys aren’t always as awful as one first thought and like all of us have many complicated layers. The protagonist is a likeable character, she has suffered much in her life, and is always just looking to belong. But where does she belong is the ultimate question. I cannot recommend this series enough.
I saw a review about Nelson being a simple writer. I am not sure why that is supposed to be a bad thing? I personally read for enjoyment and appreciate an author who cares more about telling a good story than about sounding erudite. I enjoyed her writing and ease of her flowing words. She also had some great quotes that I will leave below that touched a cord in me.
If you are a fantasy lover like me, than I’m sure you will enjoy this story. A collection of cultures much like our own in history, Nelson breathes life and imagination into the creatures and civilizations we have only read about. A beautiful story that will appeal to many and to all ages.
Synopsis for Book 1: The Dragonslayer’s Sword: For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover-the dragonslayer-disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning. Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child. Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much…or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?
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Some of my favorite lines from the series:
“Deciding who you are isn’t something you do just once. You decide who you are every day with every decision you make.”
“If you fail to keep an eye on who you are, you might turn into someone else when you aren’t paying attention.”
“And so they came to claim what was theirs, bashing, thrashing, and crashing like gods.”