Dragon Song

Prophecies of Dragons, Serpents and Men

Fiction - Fantasy - General
240 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2015
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Author Biography

From Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jim Murdoch faced a paradigm shift which gave him a new world view. He views everything and everyone as being connected. A path of self development studies followed where he delved into many subjects including metaphysics and, yes, dragons. With his wife, Katharina, he co-authored their self-help story Wings of Change. This got him thinking about writing fiction instead of boring self-help books. Taking inspiration from The Alchemist and The Celestine Prophecies he waited for the inspiration. Pursuit is the result. Jim lives with his wife in Switzerland.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Stoica for Readers' Favorite

Dragon Song by Jim Murdoch is the second volume from the Dragons and Visions series. Thirty-year-old Pat has an uncommon ring representing a dragon, given to him by his Aunt Gaby. She has a matching pendant which she found as a girl at the back of a book which seemed to chose its readers. With these items, the two have access to a place called the Inside which is a state of mind reached through meditation. Here, they can communicate with Dragons and have access to knowledge through visions. They find out about the eons-long conflict between the forces that rule the world: the Serpent People and the Dragons. The Serpent People’s goal is to keep humans as far away from enlightenment as possible to exploit them. At the opposite pole lie the Dragons, intelligent beings that have long fled the physical world to take shelter from their execution, led by crossbreeds between humans and Serpents. They wish to help people live in harmony with themselves and reach a superior level of existence. Today, in a Serpent infested world, Dragons can only be reached through the Inside and to facilitate this communication, the ring and the pendant have been crafted. Great power lies within these artifacts and they can either aid the Dragons’ return amongst humans or destroy them. It is up to Pat, Gaby, and their unlikely allies around the world to decide the faith of humankind and to help or prevent Dragons from walking the Earth again.

Although mostly action oriented, with just enough detail to feel the movement, the book gets you into a state of trance during those slow moments in which Pat experiences the Inside. There are parallel threads mapping characters, desires, and decisions in unexpected places to see the work of destiny unite them. The blend of dragons and dreams makes you constantly wonder just how much fiction really is in this story because every detail is hooked to a grain of reality. This is the sign of a well thought out story. As the tale progresses, past mysteries are unveiled and the plot thickens with a tinge of doubt regarding the chosen side in this hidden war. Dragon Song is a great read and an entertaining dedication to all dragon lovers, regardless of age.

MikkiNorway

If you've read the first book 'Pursuit' (which I recommend), you'll love its continuation. Enjoying what I've read so far (about half-way through), I can safely say that I'm gripped and want to know the outcome. The story combines many elements: factual and fantasy, in a similar manner as the Harry Potter novels, plus a spiritually inspired element (but not 'woo-woo' stuff IMO). It's a genre which would appeal to ALL who appreciate such material. As I'm reading it, I'm remembering the sort of stories I was reading when I was mid to late teens in age - and beyond. And I always visit Fantasy/SciFi shelves in bookshops, where the likes of Harry Potter are to be found. I read ALL the Potter novels as soon as they came out - so well into mature years! :-) As far as THIS story is concerned, it's likely to be appealing to both people in younger age bands as well as others who - like me - are older adults and into fantasy adventure. And I have to admit - I'm a sucker for anything to do with dragons! If you are too, go for this latest installment of the saga of dragons, serpents and men!

Katesa Wesche

'Dragon Song' is a follow up from Book One 'Pursuit' and the continuation of the life of the sceptical Pat. His reality about the dragons and serpents and how his journey unfolds. Pats discovery into the inner world of consciousness and the power of meditations to communicate with the dragons. The ancient conflict between dragons and serpents draws Pat and his family into their midst. Their journeys are full of mysteries and suspense that kept me guessing till the end.

The story of Einaar, written in an old book and discovered by a young girl Gaby continued into this second book 'Dragon Song'
The introduction of Mt Pilatus in Switzerland is intriguing as it was named after Pontius Pilate mentioned in the Bible. I find that mystery very appealing and enjoyed the legend that goes with it.
I thoroughly love reading this second book of the Trilogy. I know these mystical books can be enjoyed by families and safe for young readers. Its good to get lost in these mystics stories now and then, especially when there are lessons to be learned from the minds and souls of these writers. Well done Jim Murdoch
Awaiting book Three with great anticipation :))

SacredGeometryBlog

Having read the first book of the series, Pursuit, I was curious to read the sequel and was left pleasantly surprised once again.
The Dragon Song is a free continuation of the previous novel. We follow the same characters and slowly unravel more mysteries that connect dragons to humans.
I found this book more action driven, as there was more danger at hand. The story deepens the premise, the mythology of dragon, as well as introduces new characters and plots, including a mysterious and guile race of serpents.
I enjoyed the detective-like storyline and the subplots, the relationships between the characters, some of which face even greater challenges than before. However, I mainly appreciated the insights on how to find one’s true inner strength, in order to prevail throughout the toughest moments in life. I look forward to read on!

Gion Murdoch

As a reader I love books that captivate me
from page one till the end. That's exactly what this book did.
Pat isn't some invincible Hero, he's a guy like you and me,
Which makes it so easy to related to. Looking forward for book 3!

Iva Kenaz

Having read the first book of the series, Pursuit, I was curious to read the sequel and was left pleasantly surprised once again.
The Dragon Song is a free continuation of the previous novel. We follow the same characters and slowly unravel more mysteries that connect dragons to humans. I found this book more action driven, as there was more danger at hand. The story deepens the premise, the mythology of dragon, as well as introduces new characters and plots, including a mysterious and guile race of serpents.
I enjoyed the detective-like storyline and the subplots, the relationships between the characters, some of which face greater challenges than before. However, I mainly appreciated the insights on how to find one’s true inner strength, in order to prevail throughout the toughest moments in life. I look forward to read on.

Wendy Mackenzie

If you liked Jim's first book Pursuit than it would have left you wanting more. Well he's the second book and there's more dragons, (we even hear their songs,) more adventure and more intrigue. If you read carefully you might even come to know that there is so much more to life and us than you know. It's a fun read and Jim is more in tuned to life and it's hidden secrets than a lot of us. Must be his Irish heritage for the wee folk know but seldom tell.
Yes it will leave you wanting more.