The Dragon Round
by Stephen S. Power
He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.
Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.
Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won’t be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.
Dragons. Pirates. Swashbuckling adventures. Who wouldn’t like these? I’m a big fan of dragons, in fact, I find these imaginary/mystical creatures exuberant and delightful. But that’s just me.
Captain Jeryon had a set of rules and he always insisted on following them. When he and his crew set sail on the high seas to deliver medicine that was supposed to stop a plague, a dragon attacked them and Jeryon’s insurgent crew overthrew him along with his apothecary Evelyn. Deserted in an island with only the clothes on their back, on a boat with no sails or oars, Jeryon & Evelyn struggled to survive, with revenge slowly budding in his mind.
Deep in the heart of the island, they found a dragon’s egg and they took care of it, until it hatched. They named the dragon, Gray and Evelyn thought she was going to be their ticket of freedom from the island. But Jeryon had other plans.
I thought this book had a nice premise. It started boombastic and thrilling, and I particularly liked the time when the castaways were by themselves in the island, struggling, calculating surviving – with a baby dragon in tow. I also get that most abandoned characters tend to veer in revenge and frankly, I think that’s what makes a story exciting. At first, though, Jeryon didn’t disappoint me with his ruse. But when I got to the second part of the story, I felt something was ripped off. Soon his revenge was set aside and the focal point now turned to something else, and I eventually, didn’t feel the same excitement as before.
I wish the intensity that got me riled up at the beginning continued in the end. I was a little sad this didn’t happen. Nevertheless, I give props to the world that Stephen Power has created. It was swashbucklingly good!