Becoming the Dragon
Why hello there! My name is Kendra, I’m That Reader Girl, and today I’m coming at you with a review of Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin.
This review is not organized in the way my reviews normally are. This review is organized in a few paragraphs to express my thoughts on this book. Of course, these are all my opinions and if you disagree, feel free to tell me! Just please don’t be rude or send hate. I’m trying to radiate positive vibes, and share my opinion.
Now, NO Spoilers Ahead!!!
Andy Kerimov has always lived a normal life. Up until he was struck by lightning at a young age and could no longer go near technology without it going haywire. But as it turns out, that’s the least of his worries as he has also been left with extraordinary magical abilities just waiting to burst forth. In an unfortunate accident while visiting his father at work, Andy finds himself transported to Ilanta, a planet littered with magic, elves, gnomes, and dragons. However, this magical world is not as beautiful as it seems. Upon his arrival, Andy is thrust into this chaotic world, finding himself being captured, tortured, and accidentally activating a magical artifact which frees the ancient dragon, Karegar. Throughout his journey, Andy is tossed into a whirlwind of new friends, bitter enemies, and even a foster family, desperate to help him master his new powers and scaly skin. But his new powers end up being not so innocent as is turns out, he is destined to play a vital role in what may be the end of the world.
Throughout the entirety of Becoming the Dragon, I was thrown in all sorts of directions when it came to what was going to happen next. One moment, everything seemed happy-go-lucky, but with the flip of the next page, everything had gone to the dogs once more. In reading this book, I was enthralled with the world, characters, and plot, always desperate to read when I had the opportunity.
One of my favorite things about this book was the clear dedication the author had to this world development. Details that nobody would normally think to include were packed in all the crevices of the story. For example, within the first chapter of the book, I learned so much about bows and arrows that I doubt I could have learned elsewhere in such an intriguing fashion. The author clearly worked hard in his developing of the story and back story. There was one section of the book where the main character, Andy, is learning all about the history of Ilanta and the small village he has lived in. I could have written another novel using all the information the author brilliantly thought up to bring this story to life. I knew so much about the world Andy was living in by the end of the book that I am positive I could live in that world today without too much fault.
One thing that irked me a bit about this book however were the characters. They were great characters at the beginning, however, there was no character development. I saw Andy at the beginning as a pretty chill guy who was determined to get done what he wanted to do. Then, at the end of the book, I saw a guy who was more in tune with the real world, but relatively the same. In the beginning of the book, I was happy to see all the relatable characters that were Andy’s sister’s friends. I immediately connected to them in a way I didn’t connect to the main character. Also, Andy’s becoming a magical being never seemed too challenging for him. Only once, very briefly, did I see some struggling from Andy when he was finding himself in a new world with creatures only found in fairytales.
While reading this book, I only wished the beginning had gone by faster. I wanted to see where Andy ended up and didn’t find it necessary to learn all about griffins and Andy’s desperate situation where he stayed on a rock as a “safety house” for a few days. That detail wasn’t important and all I wanted to read was the part of the book that the synopsis was gushing about.
Overall, I enjoyed Becoming the Dragon and rated it 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to someone looking for a quick read or to escape to another world. I think this book was well written and the series definitely has potential in total. I feel I will find myself picking up the second book to see where this world takes me next.
So thank you all for reading my short review of Becoming the Dragon. This review was written while and after I read the book, so it was all fresh in my mind. If you have any recommendations for how I can improve my reviews, please let me know. I’d love to get better.
After all this, everyone, have a lovely day.
Remember, you are beautifully and wonderfully made.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.