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Taming Fire: The Dragonprince Trilogy, #1 [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Aaron Pogue
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21. Juni 2011 Dragonprince Trilogy (Buch 1)
Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He's the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword, and his only real chance at finding honor or a home is a desperate dream of joining the King's Guard. Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy. The wizard offers to make him into a new kind of soldier: a swordsman equally skilled with forged blades and mystic forces. It only helps that Daven has no home, no family, and nothing left to lose. But when conspiring forces destroy the wizard's plans, Daven finds himself wanted for treason and murder. Hunted by a great black beast of a dragon, caught between the King's Guard and a rebel force led by a rogue wizard, Daven's only hope of surviving is to become more than he's ever dreamed possible.

Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 360 Seiten
  • Verlag: Consortium Books (21. Juni 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1936559021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936559022
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2 x 13,8 x 21,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 634.148 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Aaron Pogue is a husband and a father of two who lives in Oklahoma City, OK. He started writing at the age of ten, and lays claim to more than a dozen finished novels, as well as a handful of short stories, scripts, and videogame storylines. His first novels were high fantasy set in the rich world of the FirstKing, including the bestselling fantasy novel Taming Fire, but he's explored mainstream thrillers, urban fantasy, and several kinds of science fiction. Gods Tomorrow represents the introduction to a long-running science fiction cop drama series focused on the Ghost Targets task force.

Aaron is also a Technical Writer with the Federal Aviation Administration. He has a degree in Writing and has been working as a Technical Writer since 2002. He's been a writing professor at the university level, and is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Writing degree at the University of Oklahoma. He also runs a writing advice blog at UnstressedSyllables.com, and is a founding artist at ConsortiumOKC.com.

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Aaron Pogue is a husband and a father of two who lives in Oklahoma City, OK. He started writing the high fantasy world of the FirstKing at the age of ten and has written novels, short stories, and videogame storylines set there. He’s also explored mainstream thrillers, urban fantasy, and several kinds of science fiction, including the popular sci-ence fiction crime series Ghost Targets which focuses on an elite FBI task force in a world of total universal surveillance. Aaron is also a Technical Writer with the Federal Aviation Administration. He has a degree in Writing and has been work-ing as a Technical Writer since 2002. He’s been a writing profes-sor at the university level, and is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Writing degree at the University of Oklahoma. He also runs a writing advice blog at UnstressedSyllables.com and is a founding artist at ConsortiumOKC.com.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Für den Anfang nicht schlecht 23. November 2011
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Daven Carrickson, Sohn eines zum Tode verurteilten Diebes, verdient sich seinen mageren Lebensunterhalt als Schäfer. Jeden Tag, nachdem er seine harte Arbeit erledigt hat, trifft er sich mit ein paar jungen Männern des Dorfes zum Schwerttraining. Sein größter Wunsch besteht darin, eines Tages der Königsgarde beizutreten und seine Heimat Terrailles notfalls auch im Krieg zu verteidigen. Sein bisheriges Leben gerät aus den Fugen, als ein Soldat der Elite-Garde ihn zum Kampf herausfordert...

TAMING FIRE gehört zu den eBook-Neuerscheinungen, die es in den englischsprachigen Fantasy-Bestsellerlisten weit nach oben geschafft haben, und hält sich dort seit vielen Wochen. Der Auftakt der "Dragonprince"-Trilogie hält sich stärker als vergleichbare andere Werke an klassische Elemente der High Fantasy, viele Einflüsse sind deutlich spürbar, von "Harry Potter" über "Eragon" bis hin zum "Codex Alera". Den Auftakt der Handlung mit einem jungen, verarmten Helden, der sich seiner Kräfte nicht bewußt ist und von einem Zauberer aus seinem beschaulichen Leben gerissen wird, kennt man ebenfalls bereits gut aus anderen Geschichten.

Von Anfang an fällt auf, daß Daven gegen große Widerstände kämpfen muß - ihm wird nichts geschenkt, und wenn irgendetwas schief gehen kann, tut es das auch unweigerlich. Dadurch gestaltet sich der Beginn etwas zäh, zusammen mit der Unbedarftheit des Helden wirkt der Plot etwas konstruiert, man beginnt sich sehnlichst zu wünschen, daß die Geschichte in eine andere Richtung läuft.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Please don't make it a Trilogy, it is a Tragedy already 22. November 2011
Von Georg W.
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From the short discription I was tempted to find an easy read and the price was low enough that I bought a book from an author I did not know. I finished it, not because I enjoyed it but because I hoped it would get better. In short: it did not!
The characters in the story are not developed in any way neither is the story line, which is a shame as there would have surely been place for it. The connection between the main actor and the dragon could have made good reading, if the author had bothered to work on it. The way it is, it is a collection of ideas from movies like Dragon Heart and books from Tolkien to Rowling, thrown in a blender and mashed together.

According to his own biography (which I believed), the story is set in the "rich world of the FirstKing", if this is supposed to be a "rich world" I would hate to see a poor one. His descriptions never leave the world of stereotypes.
The author claims to have been a Writing Professor at university level, I surely hope I will never accidently buy a book from somebody who learned his style from him, and I hope he has mercy and stops his Trilogy after this first book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome 9. Juli 2011
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This was a great book. I finished it in less than 2 days (it would have been quicker but work and kids can sometimes get in the way.) I am a huge fantasy fan and have read all the big name authors and recently, a lot of the newer authors with my kindle. This book was one of the best books I've read.
If you're like me, finding a new author is a blessing and a curse. Happy to have found a great world with great characters and phenomal pacing but sad you will now again be forced to wait for the next book. Finding this book to me was like finding George R.R. Martin way back when or stumbling across Brent Weeks first trilogy or Peter V. Brett's books. I know every fierce reader out there has favorites all their own BUT if you are looking for a book everybit as good as anything I have read (that's saying something) give Aaron Pogue a try this book was ridicuously good and at .99 you can't beat it.
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Mixed Feelings - 3 1/2 stars 26. August 2011
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After reading this book, I'm not entirely sure where my feelings fall. I felt that this book had a very strong beginning. Aaron Pogue does a good job of drawing you into the plot and keeping the plot moving. However, I must admit I was somewhat frustrated by the frequent and sometimes unnecessary turns of events and seeming changes in the lead's personality. Despite some frustration and irritation with the events in the book, I was still drawn into the plot enough to want to finish the book. Overall I would say most of the things I have a problem with are more personal preference than writing ability, so 3 and 1/2 stars is based on 3 for a personal level and 4 on a professional level.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Average magic & dragons light fantasy 24. August 2011
Von Julie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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My biggest problem with this book was the fact that it's written in first person narrative, which really limits the scope of the story. There are no subplots, no secondary character development, no culmination of disparate events - just a single point of view from the protagonist, who is your typical poor orphan who shows exceptional promise and through a series of increasingly unlikely events comes into his power and saves the world (for now, anyway). There isn't even much introspection or underlying emotional turmoil in the narrative, which I'd think would be the only point in limiting the story with the first person format.

Narration aside, the plot follows the typical fantasy arc and moves quickly with plenty of action. Characters are standard fantasy archetypes and do what you expect them to do. I didn't really ever emotionally connect with the story or characters, and don't plan to finish the trilogy. An average light fantasy that wasn't really compelling in any way.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Did not enjoy this at all 18. Juni 2012
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There are very few books that fall into the category of unfinished for me. This, unfortunately, is one of them. I managed to get a little over 1/3 of the way through before becoming so frustrated with it that I stopped. The final nail came about two weeks later when I realized that every time I thought about picking it up again, I would try to find something else, anything else, that I could do instead. The characters were shallow and impossible to form a connection to. There are no details of the world in which the story is set that stand out in my mind. The behavior of some of the characters, such as the elite guardsman, the king, and sometimes even the kindly wizard come across as simply irrational. If there is a reasonable explanation for their actions, the author fails to provide it while telling his story. I have managed to discover many self-published gems on the kindle; this, however, is not one of them.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "Taming Fire"...the Pros and Cons...2 1/2 to 3 Stars 17. November 2011
Von R. Nicholson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Taming Fire" is the first book in a fantasy trilogy by author Aaron Pogue. This is both a Kindle e-book (503 Kb) and paperback (361 pages) and is priced at $0.99 and $12.81 respectively.

SPOILERS (general theme...no specifics revealed)

Our hero, Daven Carrickson, is a young shepherd with some skills at swordplay. A wizard by the name of Claighan arrives and tells him of a dark scourge that is soon about to invade the land. He further eludes to the fact that Daven has special skills (that he was unaware of) that are essential to thwarting this evil tide...skills that must be developed and honed before they can be used effectively. Intially he refuses to believe this seemingly impossible tale, but after some lenghty discussion with Claighan, he reluctantly and somewhat skeptically agrees to accompany the wizard to see the King and to further his learning. And so the adventure begins.

END SPOILERS

The Pros:
1.) an intriguing story full of some new ideas and promise.

2.) I thought the writing quality of the first halve of the book was above average...it maintained my interest and had me looking forward to continue reading more of this book.

3.) beautiful (if somewhat dark) cover art...very appealing

The Cons:
1.) a hero whose development seemed to progress at a snails pace. It just seemed to take forever for Daven to develop his 'talent'. I can understand that a young character may need extra time and training, but this was so sluggish in moving along, I nearly lost patience with this story.

2.) other than with his school peers (at the beginning of the book), every confrontation Daven had, saw him on his backside, scrambling to survive...a scenario that simply became repetitious and from a reader perspective, started to get stale and even a little frustrating in its frequency.

3.) because of a combo of 1.) and 2.) the latter halve of the story seemed to bog down with repetitious topics, slowing the story telling down to a crawl.

4.) *spoiler*...towards the end Daven is left with two choices...siding with either the King or the main villain, Lareth and his rebel band. The problem, from a reader perspective was that both choices were equally unappealing...the King was such an self-centered, stupid character who surrounded himself with people who were mean and cruel. Lareth the evil mastermind, seemed an unlikely choice as well because he was...er, well...the bad guy, but when compared to the alternative (the King), he almost appeared a more reasonable choice in many regards.

5.) *spoiler*...we end up with a final confrontations that uses a 'save-the-day-at-the-last-gasp' writing technique. Daven and his ally, the black dragon, are taking a beating...it appears all is about to be lost. BUT our hero uses his newly found conjuring skills (yes, finally some usable 'skill') to make a special magical sword out of the earth at his feet (yes, from the earth no less), to finally dispatch the main villain at the last second. Totally unexpected, totally unbelievable! Totally a Young Adult genre ploy.

6.) there were some noticeable writing concerns e.g. repetitious wording...
for instance...the word 'growl' (or some derivative of it) was used 30 times throughout this work.
Likewise, the word 'scream' (or a derivative) was used 54 times in the book and 13 times! in the last chapter alone. These are the kind of occurrences that make me wonder what the editor was doing. Did no one (author, friends, proof readers) not notice this?

7.) no map. A tale with a lot of traveling and locales that were geographically diverse enough to merit one.

Conclusion:
A book that had such promise...it started out so well. But it lost its momentum and faltered in the latter half.

A 'superhero' ending to save the final battle...unfortunately this cast a tainted shadow on all the good things that went on before.

Early on I was looking forward to the second book...not so sure now.

As it is...2 1/2 to 3 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
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