Title: Dragon Down
Author: Casey Knight
Author’s Website: http://www.amazon.com/Casey-Knight/e/B00MZM246E/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Dragon Down, upon first read, may seem like another Middle Earth-style fantasy, but this story isn’t your everyday tale of magic, mayhem, and noble quests. Knight takes the reader into a world where not only is nothing as it seems, modern-day pop culture and everyday life meets the world of vampires, wizards, dragons and medieval combat. This edge-of-your-seat tale features two Americans who meet a cast of characters which looks at first like Tolkien, Stoker and Rowling all had a confab at a coffee shop. What, in most cases, is a prescription for plot failure is the very glue which holds the story together, creating an action-packed, intrigue filled ride that will make even the most fantasy-averse read on to the very last page.
Lauren and Trevor, the two main characters, team up with General Wingo and his troops in their quest to find Lauren’s lost love, the dashing yet inscrutable Prince Traygen, and bring him back. They learn that several different groups, or courts, of vampires are in league with other forces, and it takes the help of the mysterious Zane to divine not just the locale of Traygen, but how to extract him. Along the way, Lauren learns a stunning secret – one of the vampire courts have placed a bounty on her head. Her knowledge of wizardry, along with her 21st century sensibilities, become a valuable weapon as she and her comrades travel throughout the supernatural world, battling the forces of darkness – along with many wildcards – to reach their intended destination and accomplish their intended mission.
As someone who doesn’t usually read fantasy, I must admit that I found Dragon Down quite entertaining and engaging. This is not your typical “wizards and vampires” story; Knight takes modern day references and combines them with some old-school fantasy storytelling to create a novel which will capture the attention of casual readers without boring them with the near-endless nuances of potions, spells, etc. which other works of this genre tend to bury readers in.
Fair warning – this is not a kids book; there is plenty of violence and bloodletting, so this is definitely meant for young adults and up. That said, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story which is supernatural enough to be fun, but real enough to be relatable to the more empirical-oriented.