Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Balborite Curse Book Review

I know back in December you saw a Book Blast Giveaway of this book here on my blog, but finally I got the chance to read this book and wanted to give you all a heads up on this very interesting book. The book is The Balborite Curse written by Kristian Alva.
The Balborite Curse is the fourth book in Kristian Alva's bestselling Dragon Stones Saga. After five years of fragile peace, things are changing rapidly. The dwarf kingdom is crumbling into civil war in the midst of the worst clan schism in a thousand years. With the clans weakened by infighting, the entire dwarf kingdom is vulnerable to attack.  
Tallin Arai, the dragon rider, must leave the desert and the city he loves when someone puts a bounty on his head. He suspects the Balborites--a fanatic cult that trains deadly mageborn assassins. He sets out on a journey to save the dwarves from civil war and stop the Balborite assassins once and for all. Is Tallin strong enough to save them all?
I  was a little hesitant to read a book that was number four in a series since I hadn't read any of the others, but decided to give it a shot. I actually realized that this book could stand on it's own without any previous history from the other three. That helped a lot because I understood what each character was about without any beforehand knowledge and the story made sense all on it's own.

This fourth book deals with a contract being put on Tallin's head along with his dragon, Duskeye because the enemy see's him as a roadblock to taking over. Tallin & Duskeye are what they call dragon riders who guard a city and evidently these enemies want to take over this city. There is a special type of oil called Kudu Oil which can kill a dragon and his rider. It has been outlawed but they are finding more and more smugglers trying to get it into the city. The conclusion is clear: they are out to get Tallin & Duskeye.

Tallin also has other things on his mind, such as finding new wild dragons, if they still exist. Years before, the humans had killed a lot of the dragons and Tallin was hoping to find some females still alive who had escaped and hidden out. He knew that they were the only hope of the dragon race not becoming extinct. So, he and Duskeye set out to find them, if they still existed.

Tallin had to make a side trip to see his aunt in another part of the country so he dispatched Duskeye to the desert to see if he could find a female dragon that they had heard of by several different sources. Tallin told Duskeye he would give him first option in seeing if he could mate with the female before he told the other male dragon's that he had found a female.

Both trips brought about different results and these results are what the next book will be about. The story ended in this book, The Balborite Curse, with some success and some doom & gloom. Tallin & Duskeye's survival is still up in the air and maybe we will find out more in the fifth book. Can't wait to see what Kristian Alva has in store for us in the next chapter of this series!

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Kristian Alva was born into a family of writers and teachers. She worked as a staff writer and a ghostwriter before publishing her own manuscripts. She now writes young adult and middle-grade fantasy full-time. She currently lives in California with her husband and sons. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading all genres, especially epic fantasy.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.