Book Description (via Goodreads): For generations, the Odonata have lived under the ever-present threat of attack from the Hawker Clan. The Hawkers were once a noble race of paladin-protectors, masters of Chama Fogo (fire magic), and sworn to defend their Odonata brethren. Then the Day of Corruption came and the Hawkers’ Basilica home was engulfed with Malala, a pollution that twisted and tainted the Hawkers within, turning them into cruel and vicious beings, revelling in torture and cruelty. When the Hawkers get dangerously close to uncovering what came of their Enchiridion, a powerful spell book seized by the Odonata’s Emerald Rangers long ago, Dax, a young scribe, is sent on a quest with the beautiful and deadly Emerald Ranger Yslana to find Ithios the Viajante, the Jracon’s devoted to hosing the truth about the Enchiridion at all costs. Can Dax and Yslana find the Viajante before the Tainted Hawkers do, or will Odonata society fall to the cruel and vengeful hand of the Hawker Clan?
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This book is so beautiful and intelligent in the way that the author has written it. The flow of the writing fits really nicely with the theme of this book being about dragonflies.
Simmons must have a great deal of knowledge of dragonflies or has done a lot of research for this book as it’s very informative and had me looking up the different kinds of dragonflies on Google to be able to picture them as the characters within the story. An interesting concept as I don’t think I’ve read a book before where the main characters are animals before (that I can think of as a teen/young adult/adult book).
At first I thought it was going to be difficult to get into as there are a lot of words I hadn’t recognised or seen before, so it was definitely a learning process to begin with. After halfway through the book managers to pick up the pace and start the follow the story a lot better. I had found it difficult to connect with the main characters however I did enjoy learning about them and following Dax on his adventure.
I thought it was very clever how the book ended although it did en rather abruptly to keep the reader from wanting to find out what’s going to happen next and that’s exactly what it did to me! I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series to find out what awaits Dax!
I would recommend this book to fantasy adventure and fantasy action fans.
Have you read The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below