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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Hardt’s Tale: A Mobious’ Trip Novel by Gwendolyn Druyor takes the fantasy genre to a new level of sophistication that is reminiscent of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin. Protagonist Hardt starts his life in tumultuous circumstances, eventually settling for a peaceful (if a tad dull) existence with his Aunt Vyck. Peace does not accompany Hardt for long, however, as dire circumstances force him into the company of those who defend their humble settlement from dangerous dragons. It isn’t long before Hardt meets Sophie, a dragon who doesn’t instantly feel compelled to rip his head off with her teeth. So begins a journey of magic and the overthrow of social hierarchies as Hardt discovers that the unity between humanity and dragon-kind could be exactly what this world needs in order to survive.
Gwendolyn Druyor has created a lavish and compelling world which Hardt and his dragon friend inhabit. I particularly enjoyed the rural, medieval-style settlement in which Hardt lives with Vyck and the parlance between the dragons was stylish and compelling. Hardt’s Tale: A Mobious' Trip Novel is the first in a series, so don’t be surprised if not all the loose ends are tied up at its cliffhanging conclusion. I know that some people find cliff-hangers tedious, but I am thrilled to have so much to speculate on as the next book looms. Overall, Druyor has achieved a strong, compelling narrative, characters that you really grow to love and root for, and a rich, complex society that will capture the imagination of even the most stringent fantasy fans.