Dragon Winter by Don Callander

Dragon Winter by Don Callander
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (173 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

In a land of talking animals, pirates, knights, castles, and magic, anything is possible…

Thomas Whitehead, once a simple librarian from Iowa, was magically transported to the mystical land of Carolna.

Through his adventures Thomas became Sir Thomas Whitehead of Hidden Canyon Achievement, Knight Royal, Librarian to the Historian of Overhall as well as to the King of the magical kingdom of Carolna, Dragon Companion to Retruance Constable the Dragon, and husband to the King’s daughter, Princess Amanda, and father to Princess Gale.

When word of a possible invasion reaches Thomas, he gathers Amanda, Gale, and Gale’s Maid-in-Waiting Brenda, and with the help of Retruance and his Dragon family, they set off to reach Carolna in time to warn King Eduard.

While en route to Carolna, Brenda is kidnapped by pirates. Now Thomas has to save Brenda and still warn the King before it is too late.

Dragon Winter is a fun fantasy replete with dragons. There are three main dragons, two secondary dragons, and six other dragons who wend their way through the story. In addition, there is Tom Whitehead, once a librarian at the Library of Congress, who has been magically transported into a world where elves and magic rule.

The magical land of Carolna is richly described and I found it to be totally believable. In addition, the author has created unique and fully realized characters, whether they are dragons or kings, pirates or scullery maids. I was especially drawn not only to the dragons, but also to Tom and his wife Princess Amanda.

The action in this novel centers on a kidnapping. The kidnappers intended to snatch Gale, Amanda and Tom’s daughter, but instead they capture Brenda, Gale’s Maid-in-Waiting, a young girl with a lot of spunk.

This is the fifth novel in the Dragon Companion series but like the others in the series, it also works just fine as a stand-alone. Each book has its own distinct story, but there is a thread that runs through the entire series which is finally resolved in this final book. There are advantages to reading the entire series in order and there are also advantages to reading Dragon Winter on its own. I have read the entire series and it was wonderful to re-enter this world and share more adventures with my friends. That being said, the plot was a bit predictable. I knew what would inevitably happen, something that I probably wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t read the first four books. However, I am very glad I had, because I felt the full impact of the resolution of the common thread and while I knew what would happen, I had no idea how. The author’s creativity in the resolution provides a great deal of fun and excitement even when the outcome is known.

So fantasy lovers, especially dragon lovers, be sure to give this a try. The dragons are among the most wonderful that I have ever shared adventures with.

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