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Review: ‘Guardians of Evion: Destiny’ by Evelinn Enoksen

This is so weird.  ‘Guardians of Evion: Destiny’ is a book with a very heavy Pern influence.  Just from the book description that should be fairly obvious  and is not what I consider weird.  What is weird is that this short, 300 or so page book follows the same arc the Pern series did, both in content and quality.  Let me explain!  Oh, if you haven’t read the Pern series this entire review is worthless.

Act1

Pern:  Lessa is different because she talks to dragons.  But after a very crappy early life she gets to go with the dragon riders to live around dragons.  Even better it turns out she is special, and soon gets the most important dragon.

Themes: Differences between the dragon riders and others cause friction but dragons are going to be very important in upcoming times due to an unknown external danger.  A few visionaries must convince those in power to act.

Genre: Fantasy

Quality: Very Good

Evion: Numak is a young boy with a sense of wonder, he has always been ostracized by his town due to his ability but that is ok, he gets to go with the dragon riders now.  And once there he learns he is pretty special, maybe the most powerful telepath around.  Oh, and he eventually gets the biggest most powerful dragon.

Themes: Differences between the dragon riders and others cause friction but dragons are going to be very important in upcoming times due to an unknown external danger.  A few visionaries must convince those in power to act. 

Genre: Fantasy

Quality: Very Good

I found the first portions of the book to be a real page turner.  Numak’s story was pretty intriguing, and despite the Pern similarities there was a unique feel to Evion.  Perhaps the best praise I could give to this book was the author’s ability to throw so much at the reader without losing track of all the details.  Though it followed only a couple of characters it was easy to learn the lay of the land in Evion, including major powers and hierarchies.

Act 2

Pern:  Eventually it is time to take care of the external threat.  It is learned that people were from Earth originally, and there is a lot of old Earth technology around that can help them defeat the external threat.  Focus turns from dragon riders to said technology, series does a complete 180.

Genre
: Science Fiction

Quality
:  Sporadic as hell

Evion:  Eventually it is time to take care of the external threat.  It is learned that people were from Earth originally, and there is a lot of old Earth technology around that can help them defeat the external threat.  Focus turns from dragon riders to said technology, series does a complete 180.

Genre
: Science Fiction

Quality:
Sporadic and rushed.  Too much going on when it appears only one story line is really going to affect the outcome.

The second act was a completely different book with only the characters in common (though they all went through so many revelations of who they really are that even that is tenuous).  The fantasy feel is dropped completely in exchange for a sci-fi story based on alien ant farms and human telepathy.  Obviously your mileage may vary on how enjoyable this is.  I cannot fault the book for the shift and much of it was a smooth transition, but it personally wasn’t where I was hoping to see the book go.

What did cause some problems for me in the later portions of the book was how little anything but Numak’s storyline mattered.  Because ultimately he was central to the planned threat to the world, everything else was window dressing.  In particular there was a lot of set up for a very anti-climactic final battle.  For a book that started fairly strong when it came to weaving story lines it was disappointing to see so few of them end up being important.

3 stars.  I don’t see myself continuing the series, but I am very interested in the authors planned comedic fantasy.

Oh, want one last Pern similarity?  Just like in McCaffrey’s books a rape isn’t a rape if it is fueled by dragon’s emotions, it is the start of true love! 

Copy for review was provided by the publisher.

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