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The Golden Cord

(2008)
Author: Paul Genesse
Publisher: Iron Dragon Books
Pages: 369
Personal Rating: 7/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4/5
Bindings:Paper Back
Classifications:Fantasy
Action
Drama
Synopsis:
A hunter must leave behind the woman he loves, give up all hope of survival, as he is forced to guide his most hated enemies on a suicidal journey to the lair of the dragon king.
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<br>Death comes from above in the plateau world of Ae’leron, where griffins and dragons prowl the sky. Those who escape becoming prey—or enslavement in the Drobin Empire—hide in the secret villages. Surviving in the depths of the Thornclaw Forest, the people of Cliffton live on the edge of the Void—an abyss of clouds that surrounds the plateaus and blocks the view in the Underworld.
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<br>Guardians work tirelessly to protect each village, and Drake, along with his pair of guard dogs, is Cliffton’s most dedicated and vigilant. When Drobin warriors appear outside the gates, he is forced to confront his most hated enemies. But the secretive Drobin hide the true nature of their journey and why wyverns hunt them.
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<br>Drake’s world becomes a whirlwind of change as he leaves his true love and guides the Drobin on a suicidal journey to the lair of the Dragon King. He must do this, for if he doesn’t, war will consume the world and destroy everything he loves.
Reaction:
A well made, traditional fantasy story with some interesting characters. The world is well defined and easy to visualize. It's clearly just the beginning of the story, though. So know that before going in expecting a fully satisfying end.