Welcome to my first book review of 2018! It's been awhile since I read a book worthy of a review like this one. For January, I am reviewing MOUTH OF THE DRAGON: PROPHECY OF THE EVARUN by my friend and fellow author, Tom Barczak. I received an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest review.

When Tom asked me to review his latest novel, I was THRILLED. But before I spill exactly why I was so excited to first read the book and then review it, let me tell you a bit about the book.


What awaits when prophecy turns against the prophet?

What will he see, when the veil of the dragon rises?

To save the ones he loves, Chaelus, vessel of the Giver reborn, pursues the dragon and the fate that prophecy foretold for him. But as the veil of the dragon rises, so does the veil between prophecy and the past, where the Prophecy of Evarun suffers no rivals.


This is the second book in the Prophecy of the Evarun series, and the series compliments a compilation of shorts that Tom wrote based in the same world. I absolutely love Tom's writing because he's so poetic in nature. Not only that, but he uses words and phrases in unique ways that--knowing him in person--truly gives a look into his soul as a writer. 

Honestly, I like the stories, but I read Tom's books for the WRITING. I get drawn in by the exquisite prose. The story, itself, is a unique take on the concept of "the dragon," something difficult to accomplish in the fantasy genre. A fair warning to readers: His books are bleak, almost more so than George R. R. Martin's GAME OF THRONES because of the imagery his language invokes. I'm not even sure how main character, Chaelus, is going to come out of the series victorious. 

Tom plays with the concepts of life and death, light and darkness, gluttony and starvation, love and hate, blood and bone, and many other themes, as well as following in the footsteps of more traditional fantasy tropes.   

I can't emphasize enough how much Tom's style of writing can grip a reader. Don't get me wrong; the story is great, but you're witnessing truly beautiful prose at work in this series--something that we don't see enough of these days. 

On Goodreads, I have given the book a solid five stars, and I can't wait for the next in the series to come out. Hint, hint, Tom...

You can purchase the book on Amazon. Click here for the link. I promise that it'll be worth every penny, and please do leave a review for Tom and a comment on my blog post if you enjoy the book as much as I did!

Until next time, readers! 



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