Legacy of Dragons

Fiction - Fantasy - General
238 Pages
Reviewed on 04/06/2013
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Author Biography

T.D. Raufson was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and although he has visited many interesting places, he calls the Tennessee Valley his home. It is from his wanderings along the slopes and ridges of this valley that many of his characters found their voice. In the streets of nearby large cities and small communities he has found the setting for some of their adventures. Currently he lives in Harrison, Tennessee, with his wife three cats and a collection of characters that challenge him daily to be the next character committed to the page.

Raufson enjoys writing about the possibilities of magic and the fantastic. He works with both unknown and never before seen worlds and the rural and urban settings of our modern world but always with one question underneath; What if magic existed there? The form and tradition may not always follow what you expect, but magic seems to always play a role or hide just below the surface. In his current works it is the blending and dissonance of modern life with magic and fantasy that come through where modern life is suddenly challenged when long-lost and legendary dragons return from their 1500 year absence.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

When her grandmother died, Melissa Schwedemann's life changed forever. The old woman left her a mysterious journal and a letter. Also, her grandmother gives her instructions that she has to follow before sunset on the solstice of that year. Not doing so may result in dire consequences to the whole world. It is imperative that Melissa takes her grandmother's place and complete a ritual and that she should only trust Charles and be wary of the rest of the family members, especially the males. As the story continues, Melissa uncovers the ancient secret of what happened to the dragons when she unexpectedly released them from prison where they languished for fifteen hundred years.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, T. D. Raufson is fascinated with magic, so it not surprising that his novel "Emergence" is about the supernatural. The novel starts with the premise that 1500 years ago, dragons vanished from the earth. Along with other magical creatures, the dragons have persisted only as a legend and the world descended into the dark ages. That is until the main protagonist Melissa Schwendemann uncovers the ancient secret and releases the dragons from their prison. I find the structure of the story excellent as the narrative develops smoothly and clearly, effectively bringing the reader to a magical world. Although there are many characters in the story, it is easy to follow and the main characters are well-developed. For those who are fascinated by magic and the supernatural, this is a must read. It is a book that will make the reader imagine the wonders of a world where magic is real.