The Dragon Round is a Book There is no innocence merely degrees of guilt Jeryon is a steady and content enough captain in a society of great inequity But there are others far less satisfied with th
The Dragon Round is a Book There is no innocence, merely degrees of guilt.Jeryon is a steady and content enough captain in a society of great inequity. But, there are others far less satisfied with their present opportunities and seek more. Mutiny.Given the captain's choice, they drift with the sea. Making do and suffering the brunt of the elements until they are fortunate enough to make landfall, but not where they expected or planned.Profit, advancement and self over others and the law make for a bitter dish. With it comes desire for revenge. Land is a haven, but not without its own risks as Jeryon learns quickly. Nature is fierce and here on this lonely island, very fierce. Finally, the plot for comeuppance is laid and played out. Anti-romanticizing, the story progresses with a stark realism. The cynicism is ever-present in a world that has forsaken beauty for profit. Sometimes bareness spotlights, and sometimes it illuminates that which is absent. In Hanosh, much is absent. The high body count grows as Jeryon and Gray come to Hanosh. Revenge is brutal and all encompassing. The city with all its corruption and double-crossing is exposed. The ugly and the unfair laid baldly out for all to see. The ending is a promise of more to come as the war drums beat.Gritty circumstances with curious characters make for an engaging story. A satisfying ending and definitely an opening for future books. Interested enough for me to be nibbling on the hook to see what's in store.~ARC provided by NETGALLEY~--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--<>--A dragon, revenge and sailing--This book was written just for ME!PLUS! I totally got an ARC I didn't think I'd get--Woot! My 2016 Odyssey is all set to begin.. The Count of Monte Cristo with a dragon a dark literary fantasy in which Power paints his scenes with vivid and meticulous detail, and takes his tale of revenge in unexpected and refreshing directions Marie Brennan, author of the Natural History of Dragons series.Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for than a decade He knows the rules He likes the rules.The Count of Monte Cristo with a dragon a dark literary fantasy in which Power paints his scenes with vivid and meticulous detail, and takes his tale of revenge in unexpected and refreshing directions Marie Brennan, author of the Natural History of Dragons series.Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for than a decade He knows the rules He likes the rules But not everyone on his ship agrees After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self righteous apothecary the captain s chance a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn t as deserted as they originally thought They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won t be waiting for him In order get justice, he ll have to take it for himself.From a Pushcart Prize nominated poet and short story writer, The Dragon Round combines a rich world, desperate characters, and tightly coiled prose into a complex and compelling tale of revenge, perfect for fans of George R.R Martin, Gene Wolfe, and Scott Lynch.. A viral Books The Dragon Round 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2016/07/09/...I’d wanted to read The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power for a long, long time—I’d say pretty much from the moment I first read its description and glimpsed that stunningly gorgeous cover. For one thing, the fact that my love for dragons can only be matched by my love for seafaring fantasy definitely helped turn this book into instant catnip for my senses. Needless to say, my expectations were ultra-high going in. And I just really want to let that be known, in the hopes that maybe my mixed feelings at the end can be better understood.We begin The Dragon Round with an introduction to the crew of the Comber, a merchant ship captained by Captain Jeryon, one of this story’s main characters. Like most experienced skippers, Jeryon got to be where he is by playing it smart and playing it by the book. His priority is to get his cargo to its destination, avoiding any and all trouble if possible, and so when trouble comes in the form of a dragon in the sky, Jeryon’s first instinct is to leave the creature be, hoping that it will ignore the Comber and go happily on its way. However, some of his crew members disagree, eyeing the dragon for its parts as extra prizes to bring home.Unsurprisingly, the ensuing encounter with the dragon ends in disaster. Jeryon is overthrown by his mutinous crew and given “the captain’s chance”: to be cast off in a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and no provisions—simply left to the mercy of the seas. For taking Jeryon’s side, the ship’s healer Everlyn also receives the same fate. The two of them end up marooned on a desert island, with no way to escape. Fortunately, the island is abundant with food and water, and can sustain them for a long time, but with the desire for revenge still in his heart, Jeryon is not willing to give up so easily.One day, Jeryon and Everlyn are exploring when they suddenly come across a dragon nest and witness something no human has ever seen before—a baby dragon hatching from its egg. The two of them decide to raise the tiny female dragonling, which they dub “Gray”, hoping that someday she will eventually grow large enough to carry them off the island. At least, that was the original plan, until Everylyn realizes that Jeryon has a lot more in mind.To tell the truth, I’m really torn on how to feel about this book. I certainly loved the maritime aspect, and I also have this soft spot for desert island stories—Castaway, Robinson Crusoe, The Blue Lagoon, you name it. I can understand why some people might find them boring, but I’ve always found the survival element of them exciting. I thought the first half of this book was incredibly well done, captivating me with that explosive opening scene featuring the battle between the dragon and the Comber. Then came the on board tensions as Jeryon and Everlyn were sentenced to their cruel fate, their subsequent struggle to stay alive while floating adrift on the open ocean, and finally their arrival to the island where they learned how to build shelter and hunt for food. The two characters carried the story nicely, and I enjoyed their easy relationship and banter as they adjusted to their new reality. Things only got better when they essentially became parents to a baby dragon. Even from the start, Everlyn was the more doting one, treating Gray like a beloved pet. In contrast, Jeryon took to training Gray with a strong hand, because in his mind the dragon is also a deadly weapon.I also adore revenge stories, and Jeryon is undoubtedly a character deserving of justice. What I found interesting though, is how my perception of him changed over time. I notice that a lot of revenge stories typically work by drumming up sympathy for the aggrieved, so that the reader can connect with their cause and cheer them on. The Dragon Round is different in that respect, showing how a thirst for vengeance can in fact twist a character to the point where they become altogether off-putting and distasteful.I think this is where things started becoming shaky for me. Thing is, I didn’t actually mind Jeryon’s transformation from an upright captain with sense of honor to a deplorable bloodthirsty vigilante, but I do wish we had been with him for more of that process.For you see, the second half of the book felt completely different from the first. Just as Jeryon begins his mission to hunt down all his past crew members who betrayed him, the story abruptly switches tack, taking us back on land where the plot also shifts its focus to the power struggles and political conspiracies happening within Hanosh. Not only do we see a change in setting, the narrative also changes a whole new set of character perspectives. Jeryon and Gray are relegated to the background, becoming incidental characters, and poor Everlyn feels almost entirely forgotten.In a lot of ways, The Dragon Round felt like two books in one because its two halves are just so different. I definitely enjoyed the first half a lot more than the second, and it’s a shame that the excitement and wonder from the beginning didn’t carry through to the end, or I would have enjoyed this novel a lot more. There’s no denying some of the fantastic ideas here, but I just couldn’t embrace the book’s overall structure.Overall, I had a good time with The Dragon Round, though a part of me also feels it could have been so much more. Still, if nothing else, the first half of the book made everything worth it, with Power proving himself as an excellent wordsmith and talented world-builder. I would be curious to see where his writing takes him next.