Short Book Review: The Dragon, the Thief, and the Princess by Gillian Bradshaw

17575391Title: The Dragon, the Thief, and the Princess

Author: Gillian Bradshaw

Publication Date: March 9th 2013

Format: ARC

 Award-winning novelist Gillian Bradshaw’s classic fantasy-history tale of Egypt and Nubia, now in one volume. Teen fisherman Prahotep is nicknamed “bad-luck” because everything he touches turns to disaster. When his father dies, he sets off to Thebes to improve his fate, but soon winds up on a dangerous work crew, cutting stone for an evil magician. There he befriends a dying tomb-robber who tells him of unimaginable riches-and how to find them. Prahotep escapes the work crew but instead of finding the riches, he finds Lady Hathor, a proud, irritable dragon. Meanwhile, to the south, in Nubia, the princess Kandaki’s family is murdered by a usurper. Kandaki refuses the usurper’s offer of marriage, and is sent north to be offered as a sacrifice to a “swamp dragon.”


1 star

**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**

This is by no means a YA book; the writing is very choppy, especially the dialog, making it sound like an elementary book instead. In addition to that, I didn’t feel anything while reading it. There were no feelings and emotions whatsoever and that made it hard for me to care and sympathize for Prahotep. When his father died, I was like “okay cool story bro.” It all felt very cutoff and cold.

The descriptions weren’t that great either. There was a lot more telling than showing and I think that that amplified the no-feelings atmosphere going on.

I did, however, really like the map of Ancient Egypt included. I’m a sucker for maps in books as they make everything feel really authentic. I also feel obliged to add that the first sentence of the book was solid. It drew me straight in but unfortunately, things went downhill from there.


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