The Shadow of Black Wings book 1 is a rather interesting read. It’s got two different stories running through it, both set at the same time, so each chapter indicates the change of story. After the prologue we meet with a boy called Bran who is trying to find his own way in life, he refuses to give up his small dragon, even though everyone his age who is a dragon rider has a bigger dragon and his father is annoyed at that fact. His side of the story goes more towards the father/son bond, as well as to see him grow as a character as well.
The second tales are of two girls, one a priestess and the other pretending to be a boy because she is her father’s only heir and she wants to be that way.
The two stories never merged together until near the end of the book, which was rather annoying since Bran’s tale was more adventurous than the girls, for obvious reasons he was setting sail into the world while the girls had things in there city to worry about.
There are complaints about the amount of detail that was given in the book by other reviewer’s, which is true there is a lot for the author to build up his world and make us feel it, but I wouldn’t say that is a negative, in fact isn’t that what made Lord of the Rings so popular? They were built up in every book, every new section that had the elves or dwarfs it was described in great detail.
It could be of course that it’s due to this book being a teen book, but I found it rather nice.
My gripe with the book was I got lost with the heavy amount of characters within it. I kept forgetting who was who apart from the main characters and how these side characters were in relation to them.
It was a nice build up and left us with a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, although it did seem like the author realised that he had to get it finished soon and just made the action wrap up too fast for the reader to get their heads around what was happening.
It’s a good read, a decent plot, but too many characters to remember, although more than likely I will be reading it again.