I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The first thing that stood out for me was the writing. One would think that someone who has spent their professional life illustrating books rather than writing them would be lacking in the prose department. Any assumption along those lines proved highly inaccurate in regards to this book. Todd Lockwood engages the reader from the first page with this lovely story of dragons and those who breed and raise them. The villains in this tale are down right nasty and every time they appear in the book I found myself wondering how the hell anyone was going to survive. It was this combination of prose, well thought out characters, and gripping story that kept me up late several nights. This is the first in a planned trilogy and I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I will be buying it the day of its release.