“I hate men,” Ash said loudly. “I hate their vanity,I hate their promiscuity, I hate their selfishness, their endless greed, their pettiness, and most of all, I hate their failure to pay attention to details. When I have extirpated man, this world will return to its natural order. And the details will be properly attended to. Kneel.”
The Fall of Dragons is written by Miles Cameron. It is the conclusion (#5) to the Traitor Son Cycle.
The Traitor Son Cycle is an epic series that spans numerous characters, locations, species, magic etc. Everything is extra large and complex. Essentially, the whole world is involved in a lot of battles which are caused due to manipulations by a number of extra-dimensional players (similar to the Cthulhu mythos) and dragons. They are doing this because in a few years, dimensional gates will open up, which will allow these players to embark on a campaign of conquest. Gabriel Muriens is the hero of the story. He is somehow a master strategist who is able to out-think entities that have lived for eons, a blade master and the most powerful sorcerer in the world.
The Fall of Dragons was tiring. I needed a whole week to get through the approximately 550 pages.
This is a common problem with epic fantasy. Authors fall in love with their work so much that they produce tons and tons of dreary verbiage. The Traitor Son Cycle is no exception. In fact, it is so voluminous and wordy, that I had forgotten what happened earlier in the series when I picked up the book. No matter what I did, I just could not get into it and could not give two cents about any of its characters.
At this point, I went back to GoodReads to figure out what I had rated the earlier books in the series. To my surprise, the first two books had got 5 stars. I am not able to figure out why. Maybe, the series was still fresh and maybe the characters still had flaws that made them human. Or maybe, it was the fact that the same things happen again and again. Our heroes are tired and there’s still one more battle to be fought. Oh no, the armies are about to be beaten/heroes about to die. Then a miracle occurs and the heroes survive to fight another day. Rinse and Repeat.
By the time the book ended, I was rooting for the main villain, the dragon Ashe to prevail. He had the best dialogues and he was the most inventive in his schemes. But somehow he lost because, you know, the plot demanded it.
Ultimately, I would recommend against picking this series up since it becomes a chore after the first two books.
Other Thoughts (Spoilers warning)
Spoilers below. Continue reading at your peril.
Why oh why does everyone try to remake LOTR. Aren’t their other archetypes out there.
Also published on Medium.