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This book is the intro into a very complex and fascinating universe. Why only 4 stars you ask? Because it was just too long. Now, in all honesty, a lot of what I considered not necessary to plot movement, may very well have been set up for the next books, in which case, once they are written and read, I may come back and change my rating.
Do not let the 4 stars dissuade you from buying and reading this book. It is well written, the characters are well developed, and the universe is fantastic.
The protagonist, Jathen, is a "moot" – his parents are dragons, and when he hatched from his egg, he was not only human, but unable to shift to his dragon form. This is not necessarily a good thing, as he is the heir apparent to the Tazu – dragon shifters. How can he possibly rule over dragons when he isn't one. Not only can he not shift, he seems to have no Talent at all.
Jathen goes on a journey of discovery to find out who and what he is, and to decide if he even wants to rule. He comes of age in this series, or at least we hope he does. There are times when I'm not sure he's learning a great deal, which makes him, really, more human. Things don't come easy for him, and he's not always the brightest candle in the lantern.
I look forward to reading and accompanying Jathen as he discovers who, and what, he truly is.