StarFire Dragons: Book One of the Dragon Spawn Chronicles, now on Amazon.
Self-publishing a book is a daunting task. It’s not just the convoluted and time-consuming tasks that make it so. It’s the nail-biting anxiousness that tumbles in the gut afterward. Will people like it? Will someone leave a scathing book review? Do I suck as a writer?
Writing StarFire Dragons was a roller coaster of challenges and emotions. But it was well worth the ride. And I’m so happy to find that there are people who enjoyed reading it. My newest positive book review is from Becca Saffier with Reedsy Discovery. She gave StarFire Dragons 3 out of 5 stars and says, “A subtle space opera that explores the ethical conundrums of intergalactic relations with main characters who are worth rooting for.” For the full 6 paragraph book review, visit Reedsy Discovery here.
Three things stand out in this book review that matches what other reviewers are saying (albeit sometimes in a subtler manner):
- It resembles Star Trek with a few differences – I can’t ask for a better comparison! Truth be told, it was the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “Suddenly Human” that inspired this novel. And I had a difficult time keeping the Odyssey crew from being too much like the crew of the Enterprise.
- It has notable well-developed characters and great character interactions – It’s so true that this space opera novel is definitely more character-driven than most other sci-fi space operas.
- The middle is slow but the beginning and end are great – So, StarFire Dragons is not the exemplary tale I hoped for, but I can live with this imperfect aspect. It just means I will be more conscientious of the middle parts when I write the sequels. Besides, despite Becca Saffier’s critique of the middle, she still says at the end of her full review, “I would totally read the next book to see what happens next.” Well Becca, I promise the sequel will be much better.
StarFire Dragons available on Amazon
I am super excited to announce that I received two positive reviews from online book review agencies: Kirkus Reviews and Midwest Book Review. I admit I was a little worried about what people would think of my sci-fi novel, StarFire Dragons. My worry mostly stemmed from the fact that my sci-fi isn’t action-packed like most sci-fi novels I find. It has some action, but it’s mostly drama. Fortunately, both Midwest Book Review and Kirkus Reviews acknowledged this and still liked it! Here are the links and some excerpts of their reviews:
Midwest Book Review
“Starfire Dragons is firmly rooted in psychological depth and moral and ethical confrontations. This keeps readers engaged and engrossed as a series of difficult decisions revolve around a sense of duty and broader questions of survival. Fans of epic sci-fi that look for realistic characters and complex yet believable settings will find Starfire Dragons a powerful introductory story that promises more, yet nicely concludes its immediate dilemmas.” –D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
The full review will be published here in the March 2020 issue: http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/index.htm (Note that it is not yet March. I will publish a direct link as soon as it’s available.)
“In a novel that comes close to a high order of Star Trek fan fiction, a few USS Enterprise analogs (though no Spock) are present, but the Tredon have values closer to those Imperial Japanese samurai than Klingons. And it takes quite a few repetitious episodes before the narrative really kicks into warp drive. But well-drawn characters, thoroughly explored emotions, and a long-shot mission outcome are ingredients that any admirer of humanist SF can judge shipshape… A thoughtful novel that owes a debt to Star Trek but works on its own terms.” —Kirkus Reviews
The full review is available here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dawn-ross/starfire-dragons/
Thank you Midwest Book Review and Kirkus Reviews!
Check out StarFire Dragons now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082S563MM/