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4 Stars: The Hatching by Liesel K. Hill Short Story

The Hatching by Liesel K. Hill is a short story prequel to her dragon magic series, coming in 2014. After reading this short story, I’m having a hard time waiting for book one! I’ve read a lot of dragon books, but The Hatching still managed to surprise me and I simply have to know what happens next D: .

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4 Stars: The Hatching by Liesel K. Hill Short Story

The Hatching by Liesel K. Hill (Dragon Magic #0.5)
Published by Amazon KDP on March 12th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Short Story
Page Length: 14 pages
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The story of a boy, identified by a dragon, whose life will never be the same again. This short story is a prequel to the Dragon Magic series, the first volume of which I intend to release sometime in 2014.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • I’m always impressed when a short story pulls off a plot twist since it’s hard to build up anything in only 14 pages. The Hatching completely surprised me with its ending!
  • The goal of #0.5 stories is generally to get people interested in reading the first book right? Well then success The Hatching! If you’re wanting to get an idea of this series, then this short story definitely will do the trick.
  • While a short story doesn’t leave a lot of room for character development, I am already a fan of the characters. They are relatable and fun. The ending suggests otherwise, but I’m hoping that a certain young lady will still show up in the first book ;-).

Weaknesses:

  •  I have a hard time getting used to present tense writing, and this threw me. I think I’ll be okay with a full length book with that tone, but the short story wasn’t enough reading for me to get past it.
  • There were a couple typos as can be expected, but they meant I had to take a moment to figure out what they were supposed to say.

Summary:

The Hatching is a great introduction to the Dragon Magic series and I highly suggest dragon fans to give it a try! I will warn you that it’ll just make it that much harder to wait for 2014 though ;-).

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 The Hatching by Liesel K. Hill

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Comments

  1. I also enjoyed this short story. I definitely got attached to the characters and the ending surprised me. I am eagerly awaiting the first full-length novel in the series.

  2. Thanks so much for the review, Anya! I appreciate it! You may be interested (or happy?) to know that the series will be written in 3rd person, not first. It may not have been the smartest decision as there people who will be expecting it to be 1st person and some may be upset that it’s not, but #1: I’m not that good at writing first person. I did it for this short story to challenge myself. And #2: It’s going to have multiple POVs from different characters, and I’m not a fan of doing multiple POVs that are all in 1st person, though this does seem to be a growing trend. Anyway, just thought I’d let you know. Thanks again for the praise. So glad you liked it. :D

    • Of course :D Oo, that sounds exciting. I’m weird in that I struggle with first person from a male’s perspective, hehe. Good point on #2, first person doesn’t work well for that since it’s hard to get oriented when switches happen. Omg, even more excited now :D

  3. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    I think it’s pretty awesome when a book that’s only 14 pages can get you excited for more. Just would make yo even more excited for a full length book!

    I’m also surprised that there is a plot twist in this story, since it’s so short! I might have to go check it out now!

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