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Reviewed by Nicholus Schroeder for Readers' Favorite
The Dragon's Back is a fantasy by E. S. Matthew. The tyrannical Witch Queen’s greed for power threatens to destroy all life, be it human or fae (non-humans, such as elves and the like), while her army slaughters all without hesitation. Cali, the last mage, seeks to end the tyranny and sets out on a quest to defeat the powerful witch. To overcome the forbidden magic wielded by Salma Morflava, however, Cali will need either a miracle or an equally frightening power. The legends of forgotten ages speak of an ancient and absolute power - the power of dragons! In her pursuit of the dragons of old, Cali will meet all sorts of interesting individuals. She will make new allies and more enemies on her travels. Should her quest be successful, then her victory will be assured, as even the heroes of old could not slay such a beast. If dragons are truly nothing but a myth, however, then all hope is lost…
The Dragon's Back had me ensnared in its claws during the prologue! The opening scene already had me convinced that this was going to be a wonderful book. The journey of Cali and her companions was a gripping tale that kept me interested till the last page. I loved the diversity of all the locations, people, and characters that the group discovered on their quest. E. S. Matthew struck a wonderful balance between introducing new locales and realizing when it was time to move on from that location or sub-quest. The side quests were well-written and complement the main story. They also gave me a better understanding of the characters and the world they inhabited. I don’t consider the side-quests to be filler content at all. Cali, our heroine of the masses, was an authentic and organic character. She was a strong female lead and had a likable personality. Most of the cast grew on me as I got to know them better. The book gave me the definitive fantasy experience, and readers that enjoy fantasy books with a grand journey are sure to love this one.