Title: The Dragon Round
Author: Stephen S. Power
**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.**
Bleh. Another book that had lots of promise went weeeeeeeeee down my Walk-of-Shame slide.
I can honestly say that I understood around 30% of what I read before giving up. The writing was so bloody vague that I was reading paragraphs without understanding what was going on. Sometimes I had to pause and just try to get my brain to decipher the weird mixture of letters and words that was in front of me. Everything was unclear: the way the characters spoke, their thoughts, everything. The book might’ve been written in Latin for all I know. In the beginning, I actually thought it was another ship that was attacking them, but then they started talking about dragons so I had a bit of an Oh! moment before putting two and two together. That’s how vague everything was. And then, just when I thought that I got over that misunderstanding and would begin to understand the book, the captain starts giving orders to his crew in ship talk.
I don’t talk ship, man. If you won’t explain what the hell your character is saying, then simply don’t use it.
I’m not kidding. The captain would start spouting gibberish and I continue reading to try to understand his words through the crew’s actions but then even those end up not being understandable. Am I missing something here? Is this book targeted for sailors and I didn’t know?
I didn’t have any idea what was going on.