Dominique Ick Lessont and the Dragon Knight by Eric Tripp
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Dominique Ick Lessont starts off as simply Ick, the grandson of the Dominique Anna. In case you can't figure that out, the Dominique is the leader of the people. This isn't explained until about halfway through the book, by the way.
Anyway, Ick's people are attacked by a mysterious (at first) army, and he has to help defend the humans of the world. He befriends the elves, meets a witch, becomes a dragon knight, and all that jazz. Oh, and there are also several prophecies that intertwine, of course.
That's not to minimize what happens, but it was a pretty predictable story, complete with deus ex machina at the end. **SPOILER** Missing character? Of course he'll come back and heroically save the day! **END SPOLER**
Most of the time I had a hard time remembering that Ick is supposed to be 16. He acted much more like a young teen, maybe 13, except when he was fighting. I also had trouble with the writing style, as it felt like it was being written for children, but then had several gory battle scenes. The battle scenes weren't that great either, unfortunately, and the end of the battle in the last few chapters came too quickly after the "surprise."
The book needs some serious proofreading, because there was a multitude of misspellings, wrong words, and generally bad grammar.
Overall, a semi-cheesy, not altogether satisfying, standard YA fantasy that leaves much to be desired.
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