With Nothing To Go On But A Vague Dream Which May Or May Not Be Memory, Korinalis Karell Has Traveled Amirand For Three Years In Search Of His Birth Parents With A Magical Contract To Fund His Journey And A Magic Talking Wizard Cat Named Max To Keep Him Out Of Trouble, Korin Has Made His Way Through The World With No Success In Finding ThemHowever, What Starts Out As A Seemingly Simple Contract Job To Find A Stolen Gem For A Count Quickly Turns Into A Fight For Survival That Brings About Revelations About Korin S Life That Turn His World Inside Out And Upside DownWith The Aid Of A Mediocre Wizard Who Happens To Be The Daughter Of The Most Powerful Wizard In Amirand, A Chatterbox Kolarin, And Max, Korin Sets Out To Discover The Secrets Of His Past So That He May Live To See His FutureThis Is A Firsthand Account Of Korin S Journey As He Chases Down Thieves, Is Chased Down By A Dragon And Gods Forsaken Creatures Of Death, And Finds Out That Life Just Never Seems To Get EasierThe Dragon Gem Is Approximately , Words In Length A quality title that doesnt skimp on content The protagonist and the characters were well developed and you didnt get lost with side storylines you really dont care about. I generally do not read fantasy, although I loved the Harry Potter series However, it was as if a giant hand snatched me into The Dragon Gem and would not let go until I had read every word I love the characters and the total excitement Brian Beam has created Korin is a very believable character with a great sense of humor and a familiarness that tugs at the heartstrings On a quest for the truth, he is alternately chased by monsters and his inner demons, all the while having a great sense of humor and caring for his friends Max is one of the greatest characters ever I can say that about a wizard cat, right and I loved him This book has everything fantasy, romance, battles with monsters, family ties, wizardry, and it s a total roller coaster all the way I do have to say that if the book were properly edited I feel that it would be a runaway bestseller I chose not to address those concerns here and am just speaking to the content of the book Mr Beam is a witty writer and his characters spring from the page and become your best friends You care what happens to them and root for them to overcome obstacles and find what they are searching for I was a bit let down by the end, but again, it was due to editing and I cannot give less credence to the story because of it Good job all around Mr Beam I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series you have hooked me on fantasy Ok, I really enjoyed reading this book God help me, i couldn t stop laughing about the wizard kitty, lol It has a little of everything in it, action, love, comedy You will not be able to put it down, I know I had a heard time putting it down The characters a amazing, tehehe, especially the wizard kitty Sorry, back to the review This story has evil, good, dragons, wizard kitty , and much, much D A must read The Dragon Gem Well, if you like action and adventure, you ll want to give this book a read The characters are well thought out and most definitely likable I cared about them Well except for a couple of them anyway The protagonist, Korin, thinks he s pretty tough, but is a big softy I liked his passion, his sense of honor, his need to take the moral high ground in all situations, even at the expense of his own life.There is plenty of humor That s a good thing as far as I m concerned The plot flowed well and it is a good story premise with many mysteries that need to be uncovered The answers to some of these peppered throughout the book often enough to satisfy but also keep interest peaked I believe this is just the first book in the series What I liked as I read, there would be twists that I didn t see coming and these were worked into the story believably Like when they found out what the gem really was Hope that s not a spoiler The author has a good imagination that he can relate to the reader Some of his creatures are, hmmm, well read the book and find out for yourself But I gotta wonder how he came up with these things Awesome Oh and a dragon I won t say any about the dragon, but it s good.The ending does, without a doubt, lead to there being another book At least I hope so.Overall, the writing is above average Would the book have benefited from a critique or edit Sure, but that s just stuff The book was still a pleasant read with great characters, adventures, and action Lots of action Whew I look forward to reading the next installment of Korin s journey to find the truth. Intense and violent with the offset of humor from the characters Looking forward to the next book. Dragon s Gem was a fun read, and it kept me entertained the whole way through I am a sucker for classic Sword Sorcery fantasy, and Beam provides a solid adventure with a fun and diverse cast of characters, who were also full of unending sarcasm that kept the dialog in a good flow I have read many fantasy novels, though not as many as some, and never in my delvings have I chanced upon a talking cat who is also a wizard I won t spoil what happens to the wizard cat, but it s damn adorable I ll leave it at that The dragon is of course an important figure in the story, and I greatly enjoyed his character and the lore surrounding him The story ends with many loose ends, and leaves you with only one option to read the next book in Korin s Journal If you are a fan of classic epic fantasy, I recommend that you do so. A light hearted read with the usual mix of adventure fantasy creatures such as a dragon, some magic, a lost prince and evil wizards this was not a difficult book to read There were times however, where the writing was a little clumsy and from the tone of the storytelling I would guess that it would be suited towards young adults or children If it were to targeted at adults it would need some serious editing to polish up the prose a little although let me point out, someone probably said this of the Harry Potter books One of my favourite aspects were the various deities and the curses associated with them and Max s humour wit.Full review at I ve been meaning to write this review and finally got a chance to do it.A warrior by the name of Korinalis Karell is obligated by the magic of an Activated Contract on that later to seek a certain gem for a Count Galius Firmon while searching for the parents he never knew Sounds like a pretty straightforward adventure, except it s not Brian weaves a wonderful storyline that gives you one layer of mystery that turns into another Most things aren t what they seem to be, and the story quickly expands from the assumed premise to an altogether different one.That are a lot of things I like here The story is mostly written in first person through the eyes of Korinalis hence I m assuming the subtitle, Korin s Journal , which can be challenging, since this type of story format can sometimes be limited based upon the knowledge of the main character with what is happening around him her, but Brian makes it works well Korin s befuddlement becomes our befuddlement, and you feel like you are literally accompanying him on his adventure, learning the clues that build upon bigger clues alongside him Also, the concept of a Contract was unique the magic involved in creating it, the safeguards built around those involved, its Activation, and its Terms were all great ideas.Next you have the supporting characters we have Salmaea the female wizard Sal , Til the Kolarin thief, and Max Each has a unique voice, motivation, and personality without sounding generic which can happen with fantasy supporting casts i.e., wizard , check, thief , check They could easily have become ciphers, mere background devices to fill a page or chapter, but in this case, their interplay and own needs are clearly defined, and you start to care for these characters another example of good writing.Max is of course my favorite, even outshining Korin, in my opinion Another layer of mystery surrounds this magical wizard cat did I forget to mention Max was a cat and without giving away any spoilers, let s just say there is a lot to him than meets the eye.With Korin s exposition, again you risked having a dry and overly detailed explanation for events and situations to keep the reader informed on all of the introduced concepts There is a lot of fleshing out of concepts for the reader to understand, but nothing that sounds artificial or forced Brian has some fun with Korin and Max You can t beat a magic cat telling his companion he s an Averinax blooded lunkhead , and Korin s colorful dialogue of They just didn t know that they d gotten their asses kicked by a cat cracked me up.To tell of the story and the additional characters met would be giving away a lot of what the story builds up to Suffice to say the story isn t over yet More Korin, Max, please Be prepared to loose yourself in mystical timesI gave this book a four star rating because I thoroughly enjoyed it The story was suspenseful and kept me interested with all its twists and turns The author s writing provides a good balance of excitement and background The story unfolds at a good pace, all the while challenging the reader to solve some of the mystery for her himself.I recommend this book to all those that dream of living in a time of royalty, dragons, peasants, and magic I am looking forward to the next book in this series as I want to know what happens next and where the adventures will continue to take me.
- 438 pages
- The Dragon Gem (Korins Journal, #1)
- Brian Beam
- 13 March 2019 Brian Beam