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Alana Woods' book reviews: Trapped on Draconica by Dan Wright

Posted by Alana Woods on August 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Manga mayhem.

This is my first manga read and review and apart from knowing illustrations accompany the text I didn't have any idea what constitutes manga. A Google search told me it's exactly that: illustrations accompanying text. But anime-style illustrations. And my hat is doffed to Alexia Centeno, the illustrator of Trapped on Draconica, because they are first class.

There's plenty I liked about this book and plenty I didn't.

The likes: firstly it's a big book, and I like books that take a bit of time to get through. Secondly the illustrations are great. My e-copy is in black and white but I've seen the colour cover on Amazon and I loved it. Then there's the story itself. Ben, a 15 year old boy fast heading into a life of dole bludging and petty crime, finds himself on another world - why isn't revealed until almost the end. He's the main character but he doesn't start out a hero and he doesn't become one. It's the people he teams up with - or to be exact, the people who befriend and protect him - who are the heroes, battling against an evil emperor intent on subjugating the world. It's very entertaining.

What didn't I like? The writing could be called amateurish at times. It reads as I would imagine a 15 year old boy would write. There's no subtlety and little depth. The dialogue often reads like peeved teenagers not getting their way. The characters remain one-dimensional although Ben develops to the extent that he sees the error of his ways. But if the audience is teenage boys it's perhaps exactly what they would like and in that case the author has been clever.

However, if that's not the audience then this very entertaining tale could do with some rewriting and tightening.

A small point but one I'm mentioning by way of illustration is that towards the end a new character is introduced and disposed of on the same page. He wasn't essential to the plot and was therefore totally unnecessary.

3 stars.

The book on Amazon.

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2 Comments

Reply Alana Woods
6:40 AM on August 19, 2012 
Hi Dan, I hope the fact that I enjoyed reading it came across. I've left you a comment on Goodreads.

Regards, Alana

Dan Wright says...
Hi Alanna
Imagine my surprise when I checked my Triberr stream and saw your review of my book Trapped on Draconica. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I appreciate the comments made and will take them under consideration. To clarify, this book was intended as a YA novel, but I do understand what you are saying.
Thanks again for reading it and have a great weekend!
Reply Dan Wright
6:24 AM on August 19, 2012 
Hi Alanna
Imagine my surprise when I checked my Triberr stream and saw your review of my book Trapped on Draconica. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I appreciate the comments made and will take them under consideration. To clarify, this book was intended as a YA novel, but I do understand what you are saying.
Thanks again for reading it and have a great weekend!