Dragon Wars: The Tale of Lufiak Duell
Author:
Ryukihei
Genre:
Fantasy
Grade
B

Dragon Wars begins as Lufiak Duell is sent on a rite of passage: he must return within a year with a dragon's scale. Taking this quest at face value, the headstrong youth goes in search for the nearest dragon he can kill and during the struggle, comes to find out that he is part of a great dragon clan, men who have the blood of dragons flowing through their veins. This revelation, of course, sends him to the Sky Garden to meet the Great Dragon, but for a different reason than he has in mind. Lufiak and Feenie, the fairy he rescues, come to find out that a "Dark Force" has been infecting the land, moving from the south and causing normal creatures to act in odd manners. It's from this point, Lufiak continues his action-packed quest to defeat the Dark Force.

Artistically, the series has a good bit of detail and style to make it stand out from the crowd. While the characters are drawn in the same style as most other titles, what really stands out is the illustrations of the dragons, which look sharp. Also, Ryukihei's representations of certain fantasy archetypes like goblins and giants are interesting. They don't differentiate much from what you might see in a Dungeons and Dragons book, but seeing them show up in a manga adds a more western flavor to the mix.

The story's pace is pretty quick, so there is little time to mull around. Because of this, though, there is very little in the way of character development and it's hard to believe that any of these characters feel camaraderie. The script is all right. Nothing too "heady", but it won't be littered with clichˇs or fantasy catch phrases that tend to water down other series. There's enough story and dialog to keep everything moving forward.

For those looking for a good bit of action without too much talking, this is it for you. Dragon Wars gives you enough plot and story to keep the pace moving along. You'll know what the heroes are doing and even why they're doing it. If fantasy action is your cup of tee, go forth and get this book.

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- - Kinderfeld

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