18 March 2013

{Book Review} Dragon Empire

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 March 2013 at 6:51 PM | | | | | | |


The Dragon Empire
Author: Heather McCorkle
Pages: 360
Release Date: March 2013
Publisher: Compass Publishing
Rating: 3 Birds

On Yacrana dragons are the advanced species. But advanced doesn't always mean civilized...
There's trouble in the Dragon Empire, the kind that could start a war between dragons and the races of people. Hidden factions of dragons believe they should rule the lesser races, not simply stand aside and allow them to develop as they will. Having lived so long in peace, the Emperors turn a blind eye, many oblivious that such attitudes even exist.

Despite being only an architect class, emerald dragon, Grendar is willing to risk banishment and death to stop that which his rulers refuse to see. The hope of peace lies not within the scaled breast of a dragon however, but within the hands of a group of people. But if the hidden factions have their way, these people won’t live to fulfill such a destiny. With a reluctant seer at his side, Grendar must leave his precious Empire for the outside world to save those that will one day save his kind.

Let me be honest the first time I heard the title of this book I immediately thought of Kung Fu Panda and the lovable Po, the dragon warrior, but THE DRAGON EMPIRE is not, as you guessed it about a panda, but rather dragons. These are no ordinary slayed by a knight in medieval times dragon, these are magic wielding, multi-classed, protect the humans kind of dragons. Which is pretty cool.

The story was good, save the day, question authority; open yourself to true love no matter the issues. The only distraction is that this all occurred between…dragons. I guess that’s what makes THE DRAGON EMPIRE stand out. I fell in love with McCorkle’s writing in the last book of hers I reviewed TO RIDE A PUCA which was awesome. McCorkle knows how to write a story and do it well but again I think what really threw me off was the fact that the characters were dragons. They really were put into human scenarios such as washing hands before dinner, they even cooked their meals and didn’t hunt like the reader would expect a dragon too. In fact the dragons who did hunt humans were the bad guys because that is taboo in dragon society.

There are some humans in this book and their stories I found to be interesting and would have like to read more of. The ending kind of left a few things to be desired, I guess there was so much talk about the future in Grendar’s life I was kind of hoping I would actually get there too. Maybe there is more to come from this book like a sequel which would be great because even though the whole dragons are the main character thing was odd I enjoyed the wonderful story telling of Heather McCorkle.






  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review. There will be another novel set in the same world, but it will be told from Torin's~the human warrior~point of view.

  2. I liked Torin and look forward to reading what comes next. And thank yo for allowing me to read and review your books.

  3. Anytime, Yvette, thank YOU! I'll be sure to contact you when the next one comes out. :)

  4. I really enjoyed reading this story and I;d love to hear more from the empire in the future. If you love fantasy, you'll enjoy this book but even if your usually not into dragons, read it because you'll find a world not just made up of flying creatures, but characters that will touch your heart.
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