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Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
When Elephants Fly (The Fabled Elephants Series Book 1) by Alex DiPego tells the story of a man, the Hooded Monk Shadow, trying to find out what happened to a city called Bayonne, which has been destroyed. The story begins with him questioning an old bishop, trying to find out what happened to Bayonne, but it is not what he thought. The story features dragons which I found interesting. The main character is intriguing. He can clearly handle himself, he is determined to find answers and he seems ready to go to any lengths to get them. The book is set in the 1300s, which made it stand out for me. You don't find many fantasy books set back then. The time period adds to the story. It was an era when people were superstitious and feared the unknown, although not a lot has changed.
Alex DiPego has written an interesting tale in When Elephants Fly (The Fabled Elephants Series Book 1). The world is well depicted and the characters are interesting. As a reader, I think the overall story is good and it would do well on the fantasy market and the historical fantasy market. A relatively short read, this story would be good for people who want to read something on a commute or when they have a spare few minutes. It moved at a good pace, the characters were well developed and it kept me reading. I would definitely recommend When Elephants Fly.