Monday, December 17, 2012

Book Review - The Dark Eagles: First Flight

A tale of adventure and freedom. That sums up this debut book from David R. Smith, The Dark Eagles: First Flight. 
 
Kief loves exploring the rugged mountains on his horse, Natch, with his best friend Tarc. But when he receives a mysterious map on his birthday, left behind for him by his dead grandfather, Kief is thrown into an adventure beyond even his imagination. 
Leaving home to pursue his childhood dream of attending the merchant academy on the coast, extraordinary events unfold propelling Kief, along with his friends and his map, toward the same perilous destiny.

At first I thought Kief would simply be a character who made us like him through his adventurous spirit and heroism. He didn't appear to have any flaws. As the story unfolds, we discover Kief's flaws as he is tested. I liked discovering more about the main character this way. As far as plot, the book seemed to be filled with adventures where Kief always won. Where was the motivation beyond wanting to be the best at everything, the high stakes? My concern was resolved, though it took a hundred pages to do it. Finally there was a cause to fight about and it banded Kief's friends together. I found myself really enjoying the rest of the book. I liked the beginning but it led to everything an adventure story should be. The writing was good and well-edited. The only editing preference I found odd was two spaces between sentences. There was the tiniest hint at romance but it’s geared toward boys. I would recommend this book to boys and girls of all ages from about twelve on up through adult readers. I look forward to the next adventure of the Dark Eagle group. Smith gives reader's a bonus with enchanting sketches, maps, and info. Check this one out!
Visit the website: http://www.thedarkeagles.com/ 

8 comments:

Rachelle said...

Thanks Renae! I'm enjoying this read as well!

Renae Weight Mackley said...

Great, Rachelle. Thanks for visiting.
And I'd like to mention that this book is safe/clean. That get's another thumbs up from me.

Canda said...

Ooh--sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation.

kbrebes said...

Nice review, Renae!! Sounds interesting and my clients are always looking for good reads for boys!

Renae Weight Mackley said...

Glad it was helpful. Thanks Canda and Kathleen.

David R. Smith said...

Thank you Renae for your wonderful review and thanks to everyone for your comments. I hope you enjoy the book!

Renae W. Mackley said...

So cool when the author comments on your book review, don't you agree?
Thanks for visiting, David.

Hannah Holt said...

Great review. :)