Title: The Dragon, the Thief, and the Princess
Author: Gillian Bradshaw
Publication Date: March 9th 2013
**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.