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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
In the tradition of Christopher Paolini, Ascendant: Songs of Chaos by Michael R. Miller is a gripping fantasy tale that takes readers into a richly developed world where magic and dragons are part of a phenomenal conflict. Holt Cook is just a servant and he has faithfully served the Order Hall of the Crag. He makes a startling discovery: dragons show no pity to the weaklings of their kind, whom they kill when they are young. When he finds a defective egg, he makes up his mind to protect it. With the impending scourge and imminent war, Lord Silverstrike, the legendary rider, might not stand a chance alone. Creatures of dark magic grow in their numbers and they leave death in their wake, with dragon riders dying every day. Halt must nurture and discover the secret, magical power of his dragon, a power that might be the only hope to save his world.
Ascendant: Songs of Chaos is a beautifully written story with a plot that excites the imaginations of readers while transporting them into a world that is vividly written. The characters are sophisticated and readers will enjoy following them. Whether it is Holt, a boy who spends his time washing the dishes as a servant, or the enigmatic Soul-Cursed, the author makes sure that each of these characters has traits that set them apart while keeping them likable and realistic. The prose is superb and the plot is stunningly twisty. This novel is an epic fantasy exploding with action; it is a story with a seemingly straightforward plot but with details that elevate its beauty and set it apart from conventional stories in the genre.