A Dragon’s Path to Ascension by J.C. Harker Review by Erin Davies
Tharia is faced with a harsh choice, a decision all young Toivoan Dragons must make. Destined for Ascension and the vast power that comes with it, they have to decide if they are willing to pay the ultimate price. Tharia had always been reluctant to get blood on her hands. Instead, she chose the life of a recluse, sacrificing power for simplicity and peace. Once her own life is at stake, however, how long will she resist giving in to her fate?
Fantasy is one of those genres that is difficult for me. Some of my favorite authors belong to this genre, indeed a few of them are thought the very definition of it. As such I rarely find new titles wholly original. Perhaps this is why I found J.C. Harker’s A Dragon’s Path to Ascension so strikingly. A short piece in a genre of which I am an admittedly harsh judge, I never expected it to be whisked away on the wings of dragon into a world of such intense imagination.
I am not going to go into the story, the novella is so short I am afraid any real examination of the plot would give something away and ruin it for other readers. Just the same, the concept of the Toivoans is nothing short of inspired and the manner in which their story is told, well suffice it to say I was most impressed by what Harker put together.