Wednesday, January 6, 2010

City of Fire

City of Fire
by Laurence Yep

Scriye and her family are re-enacting an old traditional ceremony when a dragon swoops down and steals an important piece of their heritage. Her sister dies in the fight to stop him and she swears to seek the stolen item as her sister would have wanted her to. Joining her is her trusted lap griffin, a dragon in the disguise of a human, a boy who has unthinkable powers of which he has no clue, and his faithful companion.

They embark on an adventure that takes them to far away places, involves the help of a goddess, and makes them closer - close enough that they become friends.

The main problem I had with this book was visualizing the world it takes place in. While there are fantastic elements involved, the setting is that of the 1940's - which trains and planes for transportation - but also set in a world that seems more Asian in background and mythology - while set in California. It took me a bit to wrap my head around it and as such I couldn't get into the story as much as I would have liked.

The other problem is with the characters. I think, for being on such a dangerous quest, that everything seems to be going too well. All of the traveling characters become buddy-buddy a little faster than is believable - especially when one character originally was going to assassinate one of the others before the theft. Maybe it's just me.

Otherwise, I really loved the plot and I thought the world was original - as much as I couldn't visualize it - I love the concept of combining some unusual elements. I may re-read this book before the next one comes out and may enjoy it more than the first read.

Suggested for those who love fantasy, adventure and dragons.

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3/5 Roses


  1. Not sure I'll ever read this one but the cover is amazing. Thanks for the review.

  2. I don't know why, but your sort-of negative review has made me want to read this. It made me laugh. . .

  3. The world of this book sounds a little topsy turvy. Hadn't heard about it until now though - thanks for the review!


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