The Dragon Business

The Dragon Business

Episodes 1 through 4:

The Dragon Business is a serialized eBook by Kevin J. Anderson. Like a comic, the story is broken down into chapters and released on a regular basis, in this case weekly and over the course of eight episodes. The Dragon Business, however, is not your typical fantasy novel. Instead, Kevin J. Anderson takes the fantasy setting of an ex-dragon slayer turned king retelling his old adventures to his son and turns into a comedy. You see, the king is a conman, and his good old days of dragon slaying was a matter of fooling towns into thinking he and his compatriots were killing dragons. On top of that, Kevin takes very loose liberties with the medieval period by adding in elements of modern day society. The result is a fun story that doesn’t take itself very seriously.

The central character of the book is King Cullin. For parts of the book, he’s the first person narrator as he sets his son aside to educate him on the harsh realities of the world. But most of the book is told from the third person as Cullin explores his good old days in the dragon business. He served as a squire to a knight called Sir Dalbry and their co-conspirator Reeger. Together, they roamed the countryside scamming towns of their coin with fake pieces of the true cross, the skulls of famous saints, and assurances that they would slay the dragons troubling the locals.

Within the first episode, the story is kind of interesting, but it really starts to heat up in the second episode. By the third one I was hooked pretty good, and by the fourth episode I was left eager to plunge onward. Remember, this is a serial, so each week a new episode comes out. Right now it’s only a $1.99 to get in on the action, but if this one follows the same structure as other serials, the price will jump up once the serial is completed and all the episodes become available. Thus you’ll probably need to get in now in order to get the low price. Regardless, it’s turning out to be a fun story, and if the second half can keep up with the first, it would be well worth the price tag of a full price book.

All in all, it’s a fun story, but different. The non-traditional take on fantasy with a comedy element and the integration of modern day aspects certainly sets it apart. Through the story, there are mentions of limited edition books signed by their fairy prince authors, brainteaser crossword puzzles, newspapers, microbreweries, appletinis, job security, trust-fund kids, the market value of dragon slaying, and even casual Friday. Sometimes the references will make you smile, others fall a little flat. Some of the jokes had me laughing out loud, though, and that’s always a high mark for a story when they can catch you off guard with some really good humor (the “Fart in the Park” requests had me rolling).

Yet comedy isn’t the only selling point for the story, as Kevin does a great job of making memorable characters. In Episode 2, Sir Daltry gets some nice character background. His role gets fleshed out and provided with some intriguing character motivations. Plus there’s lots of fun cons.

As is, I give this story a five out of five metal bikinis. It’s a strange type of story, so it might not be for everyone, but if you’re open to a fun fantasy story that’s packs in some humor and doesn’t take itself too seriously, then you just might find The Dragon Business as entertaining as I do.

(If you haven’t checked out The Dragon Business yet, it’s available on Amazon right here.)

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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