Dragon Blood Rising | Critical Book Review

A Lacking Tale of Shapeshifting Pirates and Dragons

Blood Dragon Rising by G.S. Carline presents itself as an alluring fantasy adventure, tantalizing readers with the promise of pirates, magic, and sizzling romances. However, Alexandria Ducksworth’s examination of this indie fantasy reveals a tale that falls short of its potential.

A Missed Opportunity for Ferocious Female Pirates

In the realm of historical piracy, there are legends of fearless women like Mary Read and Anne Bonny, but how often do we encounter their fictional counterparts? Carline’s attempt to introduce a formidable, shape-shifting female pirate in Lisette de Lille within Blood Dragon Rising leaves much to be desired. While the story holds the promise of high-seas adventure, the inclusion of dragons feels more like a convenient plot device than an integral element.

A Predictable Plot with Tropes Abound

Lisette de Lille’s journey begins in a clichéd manner – born into privilege, she faces an arranged marriage for political gain and dreams of dragons. The narrative takes an unsurprising turn when her fiancé betrays her, resulting in her transformation into a would-be pirate seeking vengeance. As she navigates from island to island, her transformation into a strong-willed, weapon-wielding woman is both formulaic and uninspired.

A Love Story Lacking Depth

The introduction of Captain Rocco as Lisette’s love interest adds little depth to the story. Rocco’s character is riddled with clichés, his constant moodiness and unresolved past traumas offering little for readers to connect with. While he assists Lisette in her quest for revenge, his character development falls short, leaving us questioning Lisette’s fascination with him.

A Regrettably Stagnant Protagonist

While some characters undergo significant growth, Lisette’s evolution from a passive aristocrat’s daughter to a fearless pirate feels rushed and unconvincing. The supporting cast, though, plays its part in helping Lisette develop, sparing the story from the disappointment of a static protagonist.

An Anticlimactic Fantasy Adventure

Despite being branded as a “page-turner,” Blood Dragon Rising lacks the grandeur expected of a pirate adventure. It attempts to cater to fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean series but falls short of capturing the same charm and excitement. Carline’s attempt at crafting an immersive tropical adventure proves unremarkable.

The Verdict

In a literary world that craves unique and empowering female characters, Blood Dragon Rising misses the mark. While it sets the stage for more shapeshifting female pirates in the Dragon Shadows series, its execution leaves much to be desired. The plot is predictable, the characters fail to inspire, and the fantasy elements fall flat. For those seeking a truly captivating and original fantasy adventure, this one may disappoint.

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewFantasy / Historical430 pages978-1943654208

A Lacking Tale of Shapeshifting Pirates and Dragons Blood Dragon Rising by G.S. Carline presents itself as an alluring fantasy adventure, tantalizing readers with the promise of pirates, magic, and sizzling romances. However, Alexandria Ducksworth’s examination of this indie fantasy reveals a tale that falls short of its potential. A Missed Opportunity for Ferocious Female…