Book Review: Dracian Legacy

16007175Title: Dracian Legacy

Author: Priya Kanaparti

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: February 14th, 2013

Rating: 3 out of 5

Summary: “Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance. 
Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.
Things prove to become difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by the Goarders, humans who sold their souls, a Proxy Succubi, and the leader of the Telalians, who has been searching for her as well. 
With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.” – Goodreads

I have pretty mixed feelings about this book. There wasn’t anything I hated, though there were a few things that irritated me. The plot isn’t anything new, yet the execution doesn’t leave you feeling as if you’ve read it before.

I liked the spunk of the characters. Too often characters come off as flat, especially supporting characters. Not here! Even the minor characters had depth to them, whether they were there for two pages or two hundred.

The writing was wonderfully done. With the exception of one thing. When. The. Author. Would. Punctuate. Simple. Sentences. Like. This. I get that it’s for emphasis, but it was way overused. I have to thank Kanaparti for not overdoing the angst. What with the main character having lost both of her parents, there were quite a few opportunities for the author to beat the audience over the head with sobbing and pity. Which gets old quickly. Thankfully, nothing of the sort here!

I regret to say that my review isn’t all praise however. There is a massive infodump in the beginning of the book, and when I say massive, I mean everything else in the entire novel revolves around those pages. It’s not a brief section either, and doesn’t leave you with much time to absorb it all. It left me a bit confused, though that could’ve been solved by bringing up bits of the infodump’s information as the story went along. Regrettably, that didn’t happen. (And if it did, it was so minor that it didn’t even help.)

Here’s one other thing that irked me. I get it, Ren and Axel are together and love each other very much. It’s one thing to show their affection. It’s a different thing entirely to have them always, always all over each other. Ergo, none of their romantic scenes together were that special, because they were constantly groping around one another. Plus, you don’t even know why. It’s just because “s/he’s hot”. I regret to say that while I care about their relationship a bit, it’s not much past that.

The pacing was good. Although for a while, (actually most of it), it felt like the plot itself was going nowhere. So when I say the pacing was good, I mean the writing kept moving along and progressing smoothly from one thing to the next, but in the overall scheme of things I didn’t feel like it reached the rising action or climax nearly as fast as it should’ve.

Overall, Dracian Legacy earns a three out of five, being docked a few points for a shallow central relationship and poor plot progression, yet still holding its ground in character depth, a snappy writing style and flow.

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