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Reviewed by Dan M. Kalin for Readers' Favorite
Vik Walker creates a classic sword-and-sorcery storyline with a few new twists. Most of the action takes place in the magical land of Nital, which is located near modern-day Earth. On the day of the Testing, when new Dragon Hunters are selected by the magical Dragon's Heart, six candidates assemble for their test. Each is a misfit in their own way: a Goblin warrior who forgoes the killing of Fairies, an angry Troll held back far too long by his mother, twin Sidhe - one supremely competent in most ways and her brother who cannot seem to catch a break, a Fairy princess hoping to escape the prospect of a forced marriage, and a human who stumbled into Nital while running away from his foster home. Sully, the human Erew, scores highest on the test but is hopelessly inept during the training which follows. As evil comes for the Erew once more, can this motley crew bond together into the Dragon Hunters they must become?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Vik Walker writes fluidly and takes the reader seamlessly into the fantasy world of Nital. Walker also provided excellent illustrations, which add to what is already a very good book. Each character develops at their own pace and is easily identified in subsequent conversations. The language and references are modern, but not accidental or offputting for a reader. Dialog is witty and there is very little plot wasted in telling the story. I recommend First Class: Dragon Hunters Book One without reservation.