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Kirkus Reviews:

A unique take on fantasy lit that ably tackles science, magic, and mythology.

War is brewing on the planet of Urath in this intricately built universe where the power of dragons rivals that of the gods.

Journal entries by “a visitor from another world and dimension” introduce us to the world of dragon-ruled Urath: The “light” dragons have been at war with the “dark” dragons, called drakes, for centuries. Only when nine magic pearls are brought together will the corruption of the drakes be corrected. Meanwhile, godlike beings compete for the attention of Urath mortals in a world filled with both magic and science. Dragons can shape-shift, for example, and genetic research revealed that elves, dwarves, humans, and gnomon are all descendants from the same species. The Order of the Balance keeps the universe in check with the help of a small group of Urath mortals imbued with special powers.


A host of characters, including Ertha, Mistress of the Rock, and Sirenia, Mistress of the Water, attempt to keep peace. But after they induct two new members—half-elf Alira Zell and her half sister, a full-blooded elf named Al Khimia—to the Order of the Balance, they soon find themselves betrayed by one who wishes to steal the pearls and wield the ultimate power. All of this occurs amid a brewing war that may force dragons and drakes to work together in order to defend themselves from the wrath of the gods.


While the prose can be stilted and occasional typos occur, the nonstop action and vivid details largely compensate for the distractions. Reminiscent of a particularly engaging Dungeons and Dragons campaign, author/illustrator Dorety combines scraps of Greek mythology (“The Divine…are powerful super humanoids, and they live and come from their own ‘immortal realms’ on the other side of astral space”) with Tolkien-esque worldbuilding. Loaded with colorful illustrations, this wholly realized universe is wildly fun.

Prairies Book Review :

High action, lots of dragons, and an intriguing storyline… A page-turner.

In a magical world threatened by darkness, a group of characters set out on a quest to restore peace in this introductory installment of Dorety’s upcoming fantasy series. When Ertha and Sirenia, the Elemental Mistresses of the Order of the Balance, recruit Alira and Al Khimia to help them restore balance within the Order, they have no idea the new recruits have their own plans and agendas. With the balance of Urath in jeopardy, Asmodeus is seeping into Urath, threatening to destroy the whole world. The two Elemental Mistresses must find a way to restore the balance or risk losing the world to the Divines. Dorety’s expert blend of hard SF elements, folklore, and fantasy bolsters the particulars of his magical world.

The entertaining narrative features wonderful descriptions of characters, places, and events, transporting readers. The vivid character profiles (with plenty of information on various characters and each dragon type), illustrative maps, and snippets of Urath’s history add to the intrigue while providing context. The diversity among Urath’s various inhabitants is foregrounded. The plot teems with characters and interwoven backstories, and the pacing is even. The conclusion ties up many loose threads and is satisfactory, but with plenty of conflicts left to be resolved, the next entry will be eagerly awaited.


Overall, the novel has all the elements of a riveting tale: intriguing magic, courageous heroes, intimidating villains, and appealing, well laid-out illustrations helping to flesh out the story’s diversely populated world. The only thing missing is tight editing (which could do wonders for this deeply entertaining tale). Unexpected, winding, and intriguing: fun through and through.

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