If there’s one thing dragons fear, it’s a kraken.
Even lowly hull-scrubber Zee Tarrow knows that. Like everyone on the island kingdom of Tosh, he grew up frightened by fables and horrible tales of the great beasts of the deep. It seems an odd thing to impress upon the children of the realm, because–luckily for the dragons and their riders–no one has seen a kraken in a thousand years.
Then again, Tosh’s lifeblood is the sea. Royal Dragon Knights guard the king’s ships from the constant threat of pirates, hostile empires, and the monstrous horrors that dwell beneath the waves. It makes sense that the people would fear krakens, even after generations of Knights graduate and take flight from the ramparts of Triumf’s Citadel, the country’s most elite–and therefore also exclusive–military academy. A school that Zee, who has barely ever had more than two copper pennies to rub together, should have no chance of getting into.
Thing is…Zee has a secret. He’s not only seen a kraken…
He saved its life.
When that truth gets out, will Zee be hunted by the Dragon Knights he has always envied and admired, or will he become the first Kraken Rider in history?
From the minds of David Estes and Dyrk Ashton, authors of Fatemarked and The Paternus Trilogy, comes a series perfect for fans of Iron Prince, Mage Errant, and Ascendant. Kraken Rider Z is an action-packed fantasy series with lots of heart, and the kind of unbreakable bond between man and beast that hasn’t existed for centuries. Start your adventure today!
Wow, that was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. This book is one of my favourite reads this year, and it had it all, from Dragons, Dragons riders, a big ass Kraken, and a magic military academy.
Kraken Rider Z is the first book in the series, and it’s co-written by the amazing Dyrk Ashton and David Estes, known for their brilliant series Dyrks Paternus trilogy and David’s Fate Marked series. You knew when these two good authors got together, this was going to be a cracking read. And damn they didn’t disappoint.
What I love is when two authors co-write together and the story just flows brilliantly, you can’t tell who has written each scene, and it keeps you guessing because it’s fast-paced and so action-packed and excellently put together.
The worldbuilding and setting are brilliant, with lots of loveable characters, dragons, and some you will love to hate, but eventually grow on you as the story unfolds. I absolutely love this world Dyrk and David have created for us to live in, a place where authors really do write magical places for fantasy readers to get lost and away from reality for a while.
It’s a progression fantasy with a few twist and surprises and two bonded protagonists, a young farm boy Zee and his Kraken Jessup set on a world of vast oceans and terrible monsters lurking in the depths, always looking for their next meal.
Zee has always dreamt of being a dragon rider, bombing around on the farms pig Midge, but being a low born, his chances are very slim. Then Zee comes across a rock pool with a baby Kraken weak from just hatching, Zee does he best to save it, and in doing so, it will create a bond that will last a lifetime.
A secret Zee must keep because Krakens are a fable, stories to scare the children, and one hasn’t been seen in thousands of years. So when Zee’s father discovers the Kraken, his and the Kraken Jessup’s whole lives are about to change forever.
If you love magic military academies, royal dragon riders, pirates, big sea monsters, Wraith riders, and beasts and just some good oul storytelling at it’s finest, then look no further than Kraken Rider Z, it’s breath of fresh air, and I can not wait for book two, very highly recommended…😁🐙🐉⚡️🔥