Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review: Over the Dragonwall by Dennis Montoya and H.C. Strom

Over the DragonwallTitle: Over the Dragonwall
Author: Dennis Montoya & H.C. Strom
Release Date: October 7, 2014

A thousand years ago the gods brokered a peace treaty with the dragons to save mankind. As a monument, the magical Dragonwall was built stretching from the Dwarven city of Farreach to the port city of Seareach. Over generations, the great dragon’s stories have turned to myths and the treaty forgotten. The wall’s magic is failing and the call for a hero goes unanswered.
Oberon a young monk and his friends leave the city of Delvingdeep to answer the riddle of the existence of dragons. No one expected a short cut though a swamp would ever lead them on a heroic adventure over the Dragonwall.

First, I would like to thank the authors for providing me a copy of this book to review.

It's amazing the things that happened while I read this.  My floors got vacuumed and washed, the dishes got done, a new desk got put together...  In other words, I had a lot of trouble with this.  A lot.

I can't stress this enough.  I am in love with the fantasy genre.  I have read countless fantasy books.

The entire first half of the book is the group of people travelling to the Dragonwall.  They don't make it there until about halfway through.  Now.  I personally find things like this tedious to read.  The group walking through the swamp?  And most of the things that happened were so minor they didn't add to the story at all.  They certainly didn't add any backstory to characters or world building.

The book would have gone a lot better had the authors spent less time on the boring plot of walking and more time on developing characters.  It took me a very long time to get to the halfway mark.  And at that point I just didn't care enough - about the characters or the story - to continue on.  If you're really into dragons and can deal with a super slow book, you may enjoy this.  But this was not for me.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Love your review it actually made me laugh the way you started it off. Sad to hear it was slow, though.

    I saw your comment on my blog about Rarity in the Hollow: yeah, it starts off pretty disturbing. Eventually all that stops (for the most part, they reference it) and it takes a really, really weird turn. About a hundred fifty pages in things really start to change. Overall the book was interesting in a "if you squint at it in a certain light" way.

    1. Hm. I hope I'm able to get that far into it. Also lol, if you squint at it in a certain light?

      Yea, it may have been amusing to start the review like that. But it was unfortunately (or fortunately for my house) true. Thanks for the thoughts on Rarity :)