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Land of the Dragon
Steffanie M. A. Costigan
Reading Dream Press (2023)
Reviewed by Kathy Stickles for Reader Views (01/2024)
“Land of the Dragon” by Steffanie M.A. Costigan is a riveting story that contains the best of both worlds. The story starts as historical fiction set during World War II and then shifts to a complete fantasy story as the main character and her siblings are transported to an alternate world filled with dragons, werewolves, and unicorns. Of course, regardless of the world they are in, the characters have to face a leader who is ambitious and wants to rule their world.
“Land of the Dragon” is the story of Eleanor Kuhn and her family. Eleanor, who is the oldest of the Kuhn children, lives in Germany with her family during the time of World War II and Hitler rising in power. This family’s life is turned completely upside down when her father is assassinated while aiding the Jewish people and her mother is tortured. Then Eleanor’s brother is drafted. As the family panics, Eleanor’s mother puts the siblings on a ship to get them out of the country and, therefore keep her children safe and her son from having to fight.
Unfortunately, the best plans never work. As the ship is destroyed, Eleanor and the others wash up on an island that ends up being an alternate world filled with magic and mythical creatures. While this new world, the “Land of the Dragon” is terrifying even as it is beautiful, Eleanor feels that there is something very familiar about it. Apparently, it does not matter what world you are in there is still war, power, corruption, and fear. As Eleanor attempts to keep everyone safe and find a way off the island and back home, the reader is treated to a thrilling ride that they will not soon forget.
“Land of the Dragon” is a very well-written book that combines the genres of history, science fiction, and fantasy together into a mesmerizing plot that readers will love. While there are numerous unexpected twists and turns throughout the book, it all comes down to one central theme… power corrupts and people can always be turned to violence as a way to keep control. The plot of this book is extremely creative and woven together in a fantastic way.
The characters are all excellent and well-developed, which makes it all the more interesting. Eleanor, still a young woman, is a strong and thoughtful protagonist who is determined to keep everyone around her safe. I loved this character. In addition, Ms. Costigan has excellent writing skills. The descriptions of the places, whether war-torn Germany or an island filled with magic, are so well done that the reader will feel as if they are right there with the characters regardless of what world they are in.
I think that Steffanie M. A. Costigan’s “Land of the Dragon” is a wonderful read and I would recommend the book to anyone out there who enjoys a good historical fiction story or an excellent fantasy. I thought that everything about the story, from the settings to the characters to the dialogue was excellent and it is a story that is well worth the time for everyone who reads it. I am excited to see what this author comes up with next. 5 Stars!!
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