The Awakening by Kevin Potter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Dragon slayers are hunting all the dragons they can find. The Dragon council deliberates on what to do. While the dragons could likely destroy the humans they fear destroying the Earth in the process. The dragons eventually decide to enter a long hibernation like sleep for an undecided length of time. When Dauria is awakened it clearly seems someone is conspiring against her and perhaps all the other dragons as well.
The Awakening wasn't what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I had the film Reign of Fire in mind when dragons are unearthed and they quickly devastate the world. These dragons are much more like people even though it seems they have the destructive power the dragons have in Reign of Fire.
The book quickly falls apart for me when Dauria is awoken and the book reveals that dragons have magical powers. The problem specifically wasn't that they have magical powers though, the problem is that they can magically transform into humans at will. My immediate thought becomes why on Earth would the dragons hide away from humanity's dragon slayers when they could simply transform themselves and remain hidden. I don't know if the dragons are immortal as long as they aren't killed, but any reason outside of that makes them look ridiculous. The story implies the dragons went to sleep for easily hundreds of years and that seems like a lot of life to skip by taking a nap to hide away from defeatable foes they could simply blend in with.
The rest of the story seems to be a quick mystery for Dauria as she is stuck in human form and is trying to learn how to fix herself and help the dragon council. Dauria is unfortunately not interesting and the book didn't delve into her backstory enough to make the reader care for her.
The Awakening is an average at best story.
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