It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fantasy novel, so The Last Dragon Slayer was a lovely change. Martyn Stanley weaves a good tale, a fun tale, one I’d love to play with dice and pen and paper. [goodreads]
Saul and his band of outcasts are on a quest to find and kill the last Noble Dragon but they must first find the last living dragon slayer and try to convince him to help them. Along the way, their quest is filled with discrimination, trouble created by them or for them, and friendships.
This is a tough review. As a story, it’s great, 4 stars. There are fun characters, nice interplay between them, vivid places, and real conflict on every level. As a novel, it’s slow and dry. The story jumps right into action leaving the reader feeling jarred and a bit confused, already behind of the quest and needing to catch up. There are strong bones there that had me smiling at the potential and daydreaming of how epic this story would be as a DnD campaign. So, as a DnD story, 4 stars easily. I could easily see small character bios outlining some of the quirks they have and letting people make them their own. The quest was large and epic, but able to be broken down into smaller pieces that would make natrual sessions or chapters.
Overall, the story was enjoyable, the format was what held it back. Reformatting it and re-releasing it. I’d play it.