Banshee by Terry Maggert
Dragons and their riders out to save the world…
Publisher’s Description: Cities Fall. Dragons Rise. War Begins.
The war for earth began in Hell. First came the earthquakes. Then came the floods. Finally, from the darkened mines, caves and pits, the creatures of our nightmares boiled forth to sweep across the planet in a wave of death.
Mankind, on the run and unprepared, is not alone. We have dragons.
Emerging from their slumber, giant dragons select riders to go to war. Their forces strike back at the legions of demons that attack on the night of every new moon. The Killing Moon, as it becomes known, is the proving ground for warriors of skill and heart. Among the riders is Saavin, a brave young woman from the shattered remains of Texas. Her dragon, Banshee, is swift and fearless, but they will need help to fight a trio of monstrous creatures that Hell is using to take cities one by one.
With the help of French Heavener, a warrior of noble intent, Banshee and Saavin will launch a desperate defense of New Madrid, the last city standing. But first, they’ll have to go into the very cave where demons bide their time until the sun fades and the moon is black.
The hope of mankind rests on dragon’s wings and the bravery of Saavin and French.
They have the guts. They have the guns.
They have dragons.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
The Phantom says…
Banshee by Terry Maggert reminded me a bit of the book World War Z by Max Brooks. Both books are post-apocalyptic in nature and humanity is in the brink of extinction. In this book, demon like creatures are taking over the world instead of zombies. Dragons are on the side of humanity by fighting with the humans to stem the seemingly eventual destruction of the world.
I normally read books that lead me to identify with the protagonist, getting invested in him/her by knowing where the character comes from, what is their motivation, and what trauma he/she endured to move though the story to present time. Banshee has the normal story structure within it’s pages, but like World War Z, it has historical chapters which are like interviews of individuals who have survived but not associated with the main characters. These historical chapters are informative and help set up the story line, but were very distracting for me. I believe the continual shifts between history and advancement of the character development slowed down the process of becoming invested in any one character. With that said, I eventually got to know the characters and, for me, that is when the adventure began.
On the other hand, the author took a risk with this book by using chapter divisions to recap history and advance characters. I must concede that the shifts in perspective did help with the story development as well as the specific characters. The risk was wisely taken as it was a positive to the book – it just took getting used to. It was a breath of fresh air to what I’m normally reading as a format to a fantasy story. The book was engaging and I read it in one sitting, but to be honest, I was more curious than compelled to see how things would end.
There is no cliffhanger to this book, but there could possibly be lead in to a sequel. I want to give this book a solid 3.5 rating.
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