Wednesday, March 13, 2013

THE DRAGON EMPIRE by Heather McCorkle: Book Review

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've reviewed a book on this blog. As an author, writing reviews can be like walking a tightrope. It can be perceived as a you scratch my back and I'll scratch your back "transaction" between authors from a reader's perspective. So, as much as I love my fellow authors, I don't generally review books, wanting instead to avoid this backlash. However, I am a reader too, and this particular book by my friend, Heather McCorkle, is too good not to share. I met Heather through the #Writersroad chat on Twitter and have watched her writing journey ever since. She's come so far and her newest trek into the world of adult fantasy is so well done. First, here's a little about THE DRAGON EMPIRE.

About The Dragon Empire
On Yacrana, dragons stand at the top of the evolutionary ladder instead of humans. Such an advanced species is not without its issues though.

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. 

Grendar is officially my new favorite dragon. He's the ultimate underdog. Picked on from the egg, too shy to tell the girl he loves how he feels, and constantly bullied by an overgrown brute of a dragon, you'll be rooting for Grendar from the first page. As he grows and matures throughout the book, I found myself cheering with his every victory and sighing over each defeat. If you've never read fantasy before, this is the book to introduce you. And if you're a fantasy fan, welcome the newest star of the genre, Heather McCorkle.
Rating: 4.5 Ninja Stars!

Available Now
Find the eBook at these retailers. Paperback out in April.

Have you read THE DRAGON EMPIRE? Who is your favorite dragon?


  1. Yay! I'm in the middle of reading it now, should be done soon! :)

  2. I'm so touched that you enjoyed it this much! *tearing up*