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Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time. In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of a cloud sea, the Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time. In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of a cloud sea, the Cloudmere. Lian does his part carving the kyrillian crystals that power the ships through the Cloudmere, but when he makes an enemy of a dangerous man, Lian ships out on the next vessel available as a drachenjager, or dragon hunter. He chooses the wrong ship. A fanatic captain, hunts more than just any dragon. His goal is the Firstborn Gargantuan—and Adaron is prepared to sacrifice everything for revenge.


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Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time. In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of a cloud sea, the Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time. In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of a cloud sea, the Cloudmere. Lian does his part carving the kyrillian crystals that power the ships through the Cloudmere, but when he makes an enemy of a dangerous man, Lian ships out on the next vessel available as a drachenjager, or dragon hunter. He chooses the wrong ship. A fanatic captain, hunts more than just any dragon. His goal is the Firstborn Gargantuan—and Adaron is prepared to sacrifice everything for revenge.

30 review for Black Leviathan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    A retelling of Moby Dick where instead of whales, it's dragons, and instead of endless chapters on whaling techniques dragons. A wonderful and updated look at the different ways revenge can affect your life in a beautifully detailed fantasy world (full of dragons. Did I mention the dragons? Because you guys, it's Moby Dick, but with DRAGONS).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Traveling Cloak

    Synopsis In Skargakar, dragons are a way of life. Their uses are endless: food, clothing, weapons, pets, etc. They are so essential to the community that people called drachenjagers build giant airships to hunt them in the Cloudmere a vast area above the clouds where dragons preside. It is a dangerous job, but the successful dragon hunters are awarded with fame and fortune. Lian is the son of a well-known (and now retired) drachenjager, though his father never really talks about his exploits. He Synopsis In Skargakar, dragons are a way of life. Their uses are endless: food, clothing, weapons, pets, etc. They are so essential to the community that people called drachenjagers build giant airships to hunt them in the Cloudmere – a vast area above the clouds where dragons preside. It is a dangerous job, but the successful dragon hunters are awarded with fame and fortune. Lian is the son of a well-known (and now retired) drachenjager, though his father never really talks about his exploits. He has never really considered getting into the business himself, as he maintains a decent life carving kyrillian crystals which are used to power the airships. One day Lian finds himself in a bit of trouble and has to leave town immediately. His life depends on it. So, he boards the next airship headed for the Cloudmere and decides to try his hand at dragon hunting. It is better than staying and being hunted himself. It does not take long for Lian to regret his decision, as it turns out the captain of the ship is an extremist. He has one goal in mind: revenge. He has been searching the depths of the Cloudmere to find the ancient Gargantuan, a Black Leviathan that destroyed his crew (one of which was his wife) decades ago. Lian finds himself caught on a wild ride through the Cloudmere. In the adventure of a lifetime he visits other worlds, meets new peoples, and hunts dragons. Will they find the Black Leviathan and live to tell the tale? Lian’s fate depends on it. Review If you like dragons, Black Leviathan is the book for you. It is the most atmospheric story about the giant beasts I have ever encountered (though The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood has something to say about that), and it starts with the cover. It features a giant, indigo-colored dragon enormously looming over a pint-sized person (by comparison), who I think it is safe to assume is Lian (the main character). The dragon’s menacing demeanor in this scene foreshadowing a confrontation drew me in immediately, and it really set the mood for the rest of the book. If you know me, you know how important covers are to me. When I begin reading a book the depiction on the cover sticks with me throughout, and it can mean the difference between merely enjoying the story and being engrossed in it. Black Leviathan‘s cover effectively accomplishes this task. The encompassing ambiance does not stop there. Dragons are present throughout every part of the story. Dragon meat is sold in the market, dragon scales are used as armor and to protect ships, bones are used in building, skin for clothes, teeth and claw as weapons. Even commerce is dragon-based. The best dragon hunters are idolized and have the opportunity to return from their hunts with rare and valuable items that have the potential to make them rich. Lian works in a shop grinding kyrillian crystals, which contain magic that allow the airships to float. Dragons literally permeate the pores of society until they are dripping in dragon sweat. And I am so here for it. The author is incredibly descriptive, as well. From Skargakar to the other stops the dragon hunters make, I could picture every building and stone on the street. I envision myself on an airship, the clouds below me, sky above, overcome with tension and fear and excitement at the prospect of running into a dragon. I was immersed in this world, and, honestly, I never wanted to leave. The character set was really great, too, if a little trope-y. That is not a negative thing, as sometimes authors use the familiar to give the reader something to hold on to when venturing into new and distinctive places. Lian plays the role of the green rookie, learning on the job, running from his problems. There is a cranky, singularly-focused captain with a commander who has to talk him off the ledge constantly. The has an old friend on the ship who he has known most of his life, and they survived the last Gargantuan attack together. It is a recognizable crew, one you might find in any story about a ship – air, water, or otherwise. I would have liked to see a little more story development in certain areas. For instance, en route to the Cloudmere the ship makes a stop in another city. This would have been a great opportunity for a fun, character building side adventure; instead, the author hints at an exploit, but then Lian and his friend have kind of a boring night and ship back out first thing in the morning. The other aspect of the story I would have loved to have had more of was history. As a reader, I could tell there is so much more to the past than we see in this book. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and I wish the author would have jumped a little further into the deep end. Overall, I absolutely loved Black Leviathan. It is immersive, unique, and incredibly satisfying. I would compare it to The Bone Ships meets How to Train Your Dragon (though not in a Young Adult way). Highly recommended for all fantasy readers, and even more highly recommend for dragon lovers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Peter Meuer

    German award winning author Bernd Perplies writes a fantasy-version of Moby Dick. I really like his writing here, the story is straight and thrilling. I expecially love those Dogpeople with the strange names and the scene, when the young hero kills his first - Spoiler Spoiler - dragon :).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wagner

    4.5*, rounded up. Its packaging describes it as "MOBY-DICK...in a world of dragon hunters," and that's technically accurate. Eccentric, mysterious captain of a hunting ship goes on lifelong, obsessive quest for revenge on a massive monster, and all that. I've never read Moby Dick, and I don't think I ever will. I read the Spark Notes summary, and based on that I don't agree with a direct comparison between that story and this. I'd be interested to read a review from someone who's recently 4.5*, rounded up. Its packaging describes it as "MOBY-DICK...in a world of dragon hunters," and that's technically accurate. Eccentric, mysterious captain of a hunting ship goes on lifelong, obsessive quest for revenge on a massive monster, and all that. I've never read Moby Dick, and I don't think I ever will. I read the Spark Notes summary, and based on that I don't agree with a direct comparison between that story and this. I'd be interested to read a review from someone who's recently finished both, but this story deserves to be read without the weight of that baggage. The main character in Black Leviathan, Lian, is sympathetic and believable. He's our lens through which we experience everyone and everything else in this epic high fantasy, though the story is told in third person perspective. He's an everyman, but he's not empty or lacking in background. It's not a given that he'll succeed -- in fact, his realistic hesitancy at key crisis points is significant to the story. The dragons are everywhere in this book's universe. They are integral to the economy of every society described, as a source of meat, armor, weaponry, material, decor, and so on. They are wildlife, they are pets, they are mythology, they are predators and they are prey. There are as many varieties of dragons in the Cloudmere (the cloud ocean) as there are birds in the Amazon. It's wonderfully and originally told. The landscapes are well-detailed and convincingly laid out. The concept of a cloud ocean lying between continents, containing islands, unknown legends and unexplored frontiers, is incredibly intriguing. It adds an additional dimension (what's at the BOTTOM of such a cloud ocean?) of mystery and danger to any endeavor. While Black Leviathan didn't end in a cliffhanger at all, it most certainly has room to become a series. And I'll eagerly anticipate the next book. I want to learn more about the dragons and the other races I read about, as well as the background of Lian's father and his powerful spear, find out what becomes of Lian and if he has any further involvement in magic, and learn what happens with him and Kris. I'm giving this 4.5 rather than 5 stars (although I rounded up) because there were quite a few "extras" -- incidental characters with challenging fantasy-style names. You know the sort if you've read much fantasy. There is a glossary of characters at the back of the book, but I usually prefer not to use those because it takes me out of the moment. It's a bit exhausting to try and learn who's who and then learn that these characters don't further the story arc. Thanks so much to the publisher for providing me an advance reader copy at no cost. I look forward to the next book in this universe (may it come out soon!).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sammie

    You can read my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here. Many thanks to Edelweiss and Tor Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Okay, look, yall had to know I was going to read this, because not only is it about dragons, but its got a giant, intimidating looking dragon on the cover. Black Leviathan is an adventure-packed, edge-of-your-seat retelling of Moby Dick but with dragons! And a lush, expansive world that I refuse to leave, and you cant make me. Thats it. You can read my full review on my blog, The Writerly Way, here. Many thanks to Edelweiss and Tor Books for an eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Okay, look, y’all had to know I was going to read this, because not only is it about dragons, but it’s got a giant, intimidating looking dragon on the cover. Black Leviathan is an adventure-packed, edge-of-your-seat retelling of Moby Dick … but with dragons! And a lush, expansive world that I refuse to leave, and you can’t make me. That’s it. This is me now. I belong here. I had a few misgivings going in, because this is a translated work, and that can really be hit or miss. I had absolutely no problems with this one. Everything flowed beautifully, and mostly, I forgot entirely that it was translated, since it was so well done. I don’t believe this is a series, and I doubt there will be more books surrounding this, but there should be. For so many reasons, and not just because I live here now and think you all should know the history of my new world. But also that, too. My Thoughts: - This is an expansive, intriguing world, with obvious Germanic influences, that includes a little of everything and was so easy to fall into and want to explore. Our first great glimpse of the world is in Skargakar, a coastal city whose lifeblood is the processing of dragons brought back from jägers hunting them in the Cloudmere. BUT WAIT! The world is so much freaking bigger. There are a variety of different races, all of which we get to see in action, and they have different abilities and cultures, from magic to wings, etc. Perplies did a marvelous job of simply bringing this world to life and allowing us to journey through it, all the beautiful and terrifying and curious parts of it. There’s not even any way I could really go into detail about this. You just have to see it for yourself. Talk about a book hangover, man. - Black Leviathan is a retelling of Moby Dick, so there’s a lot one might recognize going in. But boy does this breathe new life into an old classic. Here’s where I put the customary disclaimer that it’s been way too many years since I actually read Moby Dick. Suffice it to say, I remember very little about Moby Dick, so if you’re looking for a comparison of the two, boy have you come to the wrong place. What I will say is that the overarching plot of this book, particularly as far as Captain Adaron is concerned, will be obvious because of this retelling. Did this dim my enjoyment or experience with this book? Not at all. Actually, because I knew what ultimately was in store for the good ship and crew, I was all the more excited, because who doesn’t love a final showdown? Despite turning the book on its head and making it his own, Perplies manages to keep some common themes from Moby Dick that I thought were done particularly well. - In many ways, this is a coming of age story for Lian, our scrappy protagonist, and it was pretty much impossible not to root for him. Through the book, we get to watch Lian grow from a dutiful son, shackled to the coastal town he was born in, to someone who sets out to make his own future. There’s so much growth in his character, little by little, born by sheer necessity and determination, but it was so much fun to watch. He’s just a kid trying to make the most out of a bad situation, without any of the scars yet that have kept the other characters alive and hardened them. - There’s a really interesting balance between foreshadowing, death, darkness, and breathtaking beauty. I mean, obviously this was going to be a dark book. You should’ve figured that out going in, but in case you didn’t, there’s widespread death and mayhem right in the first chapter. This ain’t no rose garden. Still, not everything is bleak and hopeless, even when it is. There are so many scenes of breathtaking landscapes, meeting fascinating cultures, and just some wonderful light-hearted moments or exchanges. There’s a very hopeful and uplifting undertone, despite all the cynical darkness, and the balance between the two was so poignant and well done. - There are so many haunted and scarred people in this, and I really just wanted to know more about all of them. This could almost even be a sticking point, because we don’t actually get to find out more about them, but the fact that I was so curious and attracted to all these characters is a good thing, in my opinion. I do wish that we knew more about why they were haunted, but ultimately, these characters were so interesting that I wanted to sail with them. - Adaron’s arc is so relatable, yet terrifying, and boy does it work well as a cautionary tale. Lian’s relationship toward the captain was a little confused … and so was mine. There were absolutely things that had me gushing over him and loving his character. The hardest thing about Adaron for me is being able to see exactly what he could have been. For me, that was the most effective thing about his character. Sticking Points: - I just wanted MORE … and sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes that’s not. Especially if a book is a standalone, which it appears this is? This book could have easily been another 500 pages, and it wouldn’t have felt too long to me, because there were so many things to explore. Which also meant there were so many things that weren’t explored, just by necessity, and boy did that hurt. All the characters have such a rich backstory that is touched upon and hinted at, but we never actually learn any of that backstory. One might argue that it doesn’t matter because it didn’t pertain to this plot, but I would argue that it does matter, because I want to know, darn it! TL;DR: This needs to be a series with more books. Prequels. Sequels. Spin-offs. I’m not picky. There just needs to be more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karen Parisot

    Gargantuan the Black Leviathan is the biggest, most powerful dragon of them all. Most think he isnt real, just the stuff of legend. If he did exist though, he would be the ultimate prize in a world where dragons are a treasured commodity. What an awesome epic fantasy! This is German author Bernd Perplies first novel to be translated into English. Both he and the translator, Lucy Van Cleef, did an amazing job. I love great characters and this story does not disappoint. Lian, our hero, is a Gargantuan the Black Leviathan is the biggest, most powerful dragon of them all. Most think he isn’t real, just the stuff of legend. If he did exist though, he would be the ultimate prize in a world where dragons are a treasured commodity. What an awesome epic fantasy! This is German author Bernd Perplies first novel to be translated into English. Both he and the translator, Lucy Van Cleef, did an amazing job. I love great characters and this story does not disappoint. Lian, our hero, is a complex young man, torn between duty and his better instincts. Captain Adaron reminds one of Melville’s Captain Ahab, they’re both so obsessively driven. Ialrist is a noble man, one of the winged folk, and a drachen slayer. Hanon’ka is Sidhari and can wield magic. He is an honorable man and also Lian’s mentor. These and more make up an incredible cast of characters. The plot is positively gripping. It’s full of action and adventure with a touch of romance. This is a bona fide page-turner! 5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    RG

    Its a fantasy Moby dick but obviosuly with Dragons. Revenge is the key ingredient for this story. The romance link felt a little forced ala YA style. The conclusion a little predictable however its a fun world

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keturah Barchers

    As someone who struggled through Moby Dick, I picked up this title with a little tribulation. I'm happy to say that although there are plenty of similarities to the great classic, this definitely stands on its own and reads well. There are a few things that I would've liked to see more details on, but there's no reason to dwell on that since I enjoyed my time in these pages.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    I received a copy of Black Leviathan from Pan Macmillan Australia to review. Rating of 4.25. Get ready for an exciting fantasy adventure from acclaimed German author, Bernd Perplies, with Black Leviathan, an extremely fun and inventive novel that is essentially Moby Dick with dragons. Welcome to the Cloudmere, a floating expanse of thick cloud, mists, floating islands and mountain tops high above the ground. Thanks to the magical kyrillian crystals, which allow anything holding them to float in the I received a copy of Black Leviathan from Pan Macmillan Australia to review. Rating of 4.25. Get ready for an exciting fantasy adventure from acclaimed German author, Bernd Perplies, with Black Leviathan, an extremely fun and inventive novel that is essentially Moby Dick with dragons. Welcome to the Cloudmere, a floating expanse of thick cloud, mists, floating islands and mountain tops high above the ground. Thanks to the magical kyrillian crystals, which allow anything holding them to float in the air, airships now also fly through the Cloudmere attempting to harvest the useful resources available in this harsh landscape. The most valuable of resources come from the dragons, the ferocious beasts that soar amongst the clouds and mountains. Various species of dragons exist, each with their own special talents and defences, and each of which are valuable in their own way. However, hunting dragons is a dangerous occupation, and only the bravest, the most skilled or the extremely desperate set out into the Cloudmere as a drachenjäger, a dragon hunter. Lian is a young man living in the floating city of Skargakar. The city’s entire economy revolves around the hunting and processing of dragons, and Lian himself makes a small earning carving kyrillian crystals. Lian also looks after his father, Lonjar Draksmasher, a famed drachenjäger of yesteryear whose injuries have driven him to drink. But when Lonjar is murdered in front of him, Lian instinctively gets revenge on the criminal who killed him, and now needs to get out of town quickly or face the wrath of his victim’s father, the most dangerous crime lord in the city. Taking up his father’s magical hunting spear and accompanied by his best friend, Canzo, Lian seeks work aboard one of the many drachenjäger ships leaving the city. The only one willing to take them on is the infamous Carryola. Boarding the Carryola they find themselves working with an eclectic and effective crew of drachenjägers, and Lian believes that he has reached relative safety. However, the captain of the Carryola, Adaron, has an obsession that may prove to be the doom of Lian and the rest of the crew. Adaron is determined to hunt down and kill the Firstborn Gargantuan, a rare Black Leviathan dragon, a creature out of legends and one of the most destructive beings lurking in the Cloudmere. Now caught between a powerful dragon and a crazed captain, Lian must find a way to survive, but he quickly learns that death is always lying just around the corner in the Cloudmere. To see the full review, click the link below: https://unseenlibrary.com/2020/03/09/... For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    This book kicked my butt. I was hooked from the very first chapter, because man, that opening catastrophe was practically palpable. Rarely does a book get right into the heart-pumping action so fast, but this novel ratchets up the suspense right from the get-go and doesnt quit from there. This is a fantastical retelling of Moby Dick, so I should start with the disclaimer that I havent read Moby Dick. I feel that I, and most people, probably know the general story enough to recognize the This book kicked my butt. I was hooked from the very first chapter, because man, that opening catastrophe was practically palpable. Rarely does a book get right into the heart-pumping action so fast, but this novel ratchets up the suspense right from the get-go and doesn’t quit from there. This is a fantastical retelling of Moby Dick, so I should start with the disclaimer that I haven’t read Moby Dick. I feel that I, and most people, probably know the general story enough to recognize the parallels, but I don’t think you need to know anything about Moby Dick to appreciate this. The story easily stands on its own and is far more accessible. So as for the story itself, it begins with Captain Adaron, who swears vengeance upon Gargantuan, the Black Leviathan, the father of all dragonkind, and the thief of all of Adaron’s love and joy. For years, he pursues the beast on his fanatical quest to destroy it. Lian knows a little about revenge, but it only gets him into trouble, because he’s mostly an innocent young man swept up in Adaron’s violent obsession. Instead of the high seas, he sets off into the high clouds to hunt dragons on a flying ship with a crew of magical and ruthless Elven-like folk, a mysterious winged creature, dog people, and reptilian people. Bernd Perplies is a German award-winning author who well deserves the recognition if for nothing more than the richness of such sharp imagery and the beauty of this enigmatic world set high upon the clouds and floating islands. This world struck me like a dream, both entrancing and terrifying. Just as impressive as the world was the action. Never has fighting dragons in midair been so visual or seemed so plausible, and these intense nail-biting battle scenes serve as excellent parallels to real whaling techniques. This swashbuckling adventure is nonstop thrills, but it doesn’t sacrifice character development or the joy of finding love and friendship in unexpected places. Which brings me finally to the characters. This book is 325 pages, so it’s quick and focuses mostly on the plot. I didn’t think this affected the depth of the characters. Lian, Kris, Ialrist, Hanon’ka, Smett, Adaron—they were all remarkable in their own ways even if we didn’t get to spend much time with them. Lian especially was a great and memorable hero. I sure hope more of Perplies’ books are translated into English someday.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Oswego Public Library District

    This novel ratchets up the suspense right from the very start and doesnt quit from there. In this fantastical retelling of Moby Dick, Adaron swears vengeance upon Gargantuan, the Black Leviathan, the father of all dragonkind, and the thief of all of Adarons love and joy. For years, he pursues the beast on his fanatical quest to destroy it. Lian knows a little about revenge, but it only gets him into trouble, because hes mostly an innocent young man swept up in Adarons violent obsession. Instead This novel ratchets up the suspense right from the very start and doesn’t quit from there. In this fantastical retelling of Moby Dick, Adaron swears vengeance upon Gargantuan, the Black Leviathan, the father of all dragonkind, and the thief of all of Adaron’s love and joy. For years, he pursues the beast on his fanatical quest to destroy it. Lian knows a little about revenge, but it only gets him into trouble, because he’s mostly an innocent young man swept up in Adaron’s violent obsession. Instead of the high seas, he sets off into the high clouds to hunt dragons on a flying ship with a crew of magical and ruthless Elven-like folk, a mysterious winged creature, dog people, and reptilian people. Though this is a retelling, no knowledge of Moby Dick is needed, and the story stands well on its own. Bernd Perplies is a German award-winning author who well deserves the recognition if for nothing more than the richness of such sharp imagery and the beauty of this enigmatic world set high upon the clouds and floating islands. Never has fighting dragons in midair been so visual or seemed so plausible, and these intense nail-biting battle scenes serve as excellent parallels to real whaling techniques. This swashbuckling adventure is nonstop thrills, but it doesn’t sacrifice character development or the joy of finding love and friendship in unexpected places. –AD Click here to place a hold: Black Leviathan . For another dragon-slaying adventure, try Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund.

  12. 5 out of 5

    gelowmichael

    A great fantasy retelling of Moby Dick. The world-building is great. The characters are astounding. The very premise is quite a trope wherein a character was forced to join an adventure or expedition due to an unnecessary conflict that this character needs to escape. Nonetheless, it was a great story with dragons. Who wouldn't love stories about dragons? It was like a How To Train Your Dragon vibe because of the different dragons they've encountered during the expedition. But it lacks substantial A great fantasy retelling of Moby Dick. The world-building is great. The characters are astounding. The very premise is quite a trope wherein a character was forced to join an adventure or expedition due to an unnecessary conflict that this character needs to escape. Nonetheless, it was a great story with dragons. Who wouldn't love stories about dragons? It was like a How To Train Your Dragon vibe because of the different dragons they've encountered during the expedition. But it lacks substantial storytelling for Black Leviathan aka Gargantuan. The story portrayed it as the king of these dragons because of its peculiar and massive size and the legend it holds. But the story just explored this main villain or entity in the last part of the story. I hope the story added some addictive fight scenes with Gargantuan. It seems that the story is quite easy with this Black Leviathan. Great story though!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies is a German fantasy re-telling of Moby Dick with dragons instead of whales being translated for the first time into English by Lucy Van Cleef. The story follows the epic adventure of Captain Adaron and his crew mate Lian as they hunt for the dragon Gargantuan, hoping to avenge the lives it has taken. Fans of Brandon Sanderson and Tolkien will love this novel. It was gritty, and riveting; a perfect blend of fantasy and folklore. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and Black Leviathan by Bernd Perplies is a German fantasy re-telling of “Moby Dick” with dragons instead of whales being translated for the first time into English by Lucy Van Cleef. The story follows the epic adventure of Captain Adaron and his crew mate Lian as they hunt for the dragon Gargantuan, hoping to avenge the lives it has taken. Fans of Brandon Sanderson and Tolkien will love this novel. It was gritty, and riveting; a perfect blend of fantasy and folklore. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would recommend it to fantasy lovers. *I was provided a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

  14. 5 out of 5

    David V.

    Started 3-12-20; finished 3-14-20. Really liked this one. A fantasy take on the Moby Dick theme, but this is a ship captain obsessed with killing a huge dragon who had killed the love of his life 20 years earlier. The young hero is an 18 year old who must leave his small town in a hurry or risk being killed. He joins the crew and becomes a dragon killer. There are several subplots that are also interesting. I'm hoping there's a sequel because I'm not done liking these characters and these Started 3-12-20; finished 3-14-20. Really liked this one. A fantasy take on the Moby Dick theme, but this is a ship captain obsessed with killing a huge dragon who had killed the love of his life 20 years earlier. The young hero is an 18 year old who must leave his small town in a hurry or risk being killed. He joins the crew and becomes a dragon killer. There are several subplots that are also interesting. I'm hoping there's a sequel because I'm not done liking these characters and these smaller plots need to be resolved. The cover art is awesome and would make a great poster. The story is very visual and would be a good movie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Joe Crowe

    This one is Moby Dick, but with dragons. There. You just bought a copy. If you didn't, dude, I don't think I can help you. The fanatical ship captain hunts The Firstborn Gargantuan, which I have to say is a better name for Moby-Dick than "Moby-Dick." Sorry, Herman Melville. Besides all that, this is an absolutely thrilling fantasy adventure, with dragons and fighting and more dragons. You know, the good stuff.

  17. 5 out of 5

    CR

    Dragons, Pirates, O My! This was a fast paced story that I really enjoyed. I loved how dragons take part in every part of this story. From food to clothing to just everything. They are an integral part of this world and it worked so well. I loved the characters and the pacing and just everything and I can not wait for more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    A fascinating retelling of Moby Dick, a very interesting fantasy book and a gripping and entertaining read. I liked it and was hooked since the first pages. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Thank you to Tor Books for the advanced reading copy!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Schroeder

    🐉Total cover whore that I am.... this one is epic. 🐲

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Highcove

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Parker

  24. 4 out of 5

    Willem Neill

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fabricio Yeager

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve Fitzgerald

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vortech

  30. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

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