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There are nineteen provinces in the Land held aloft by nineteen pillars. Above the earth there is sky, and nobody knows what goes below except the Nineteen Dragons.
That is all you need to know, but that is not all there is to be known.
The Device has been stolen and the godlike Dragons have been rendered mortal. Someone is murdering them one by one, and each death brings the world closer to its end. Unless the Device is somehow restored to its deceased owner, the Dragons are doomed to destruction-- and the human world will go with them.
The 19 Dragons is my first delve into the Steampunk genre. From Dirigibles to airships, this book has every means of flying device imaginable for the genre. Including dragons parading around as humans. The 19 Dragons are the guardians of the provinces. They live and die as we do, but they always come back. That is until war breaks out and someone steals the device that holds their immortality from the First. What happens then is a chain of events where entire continents of the world disappear and the 19 must figure out how to survive and find who stole the device.
This was a great book. I really enjoyed the old feel to the wording and narration. The chapters are just long enough to keep the reader engaged (and tell what dragon we'll be meeting). There are some errors scattered throughout the book, mainly in the form of missing words. Only one error is more of an obvious oversight on the editor's part than the missing words in a few of the sentences. In chapter 13 we learn about the Thirteenth dragon, but at one point toward the end of the chapter, the Thirteenth is referred to as the Eleventh. Which may cause some readers slight confusion since the Eleventh is very much alive in the following chapter.
I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to finding more books by this author, This is a terrific opener to the Steampunk genre and can be read by anyone of any age since the story reads very much like a fairy tale. I believe this is a must read for anyone who enjoys tales of dragons and devices that run on steam.
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