Review of: The Seventh Year Trials: A Dragon Rider Competition (The Tainted Scales Series, Book 1)
by Alexis D. Johnson
September 16 - Review by Ron L. Lahr
Ever since my daughters grew up I haven't gone looking for Young Adult fiction of any sort. I have read some books that might be considered YA, I think. Honestly, I get a little confused by this. If a book has no graphic language, sex and violence is it YA? Sometimes.
The Seventh Year Trials is marketed as Young Adult Fantasy and I wanted to read it because the author and I are in a Facebook group about writing. I wasn't sure what to expect, exactly, but what I found was an interesting story, memorable characters and an awesome take on dragons.
This is Alexis D. Johnson's first novel and I enjoyed it very much. If you are a fan of dragons, and not very many fantasy fans aren't, then you'll enjoy this original portrayal of them.
The main character, Mirren, has family and money issues and then, to top it all off, she gets dragged into the world of dragons and their competitions. I liked her and really enjoyed all of the family interactions. I was impressed with a lot of the characters in the book - the bad guys were fun to dislike and root against, and the story pulled me along quickly. I don't like or recommend books just because they have a female (or person of color, or LGBTQ, or non-Caucasian) main character, I'm not that woke, I guess. I only like a book if I like the main character and think they are well written. Although, I do feel good about myself when i like (and recommend) a book with a female (or those other things i mentioned) protagonist. So, I'm not perfect.
I definitely do recommend the Seventh Year Trials and am eagerly awaiting the sequel. Get to work, Alexis!