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The Rebirth of a Dragon by Marmar Zakher

 

This is a story about a sixteen year-old boy named Seth Drak. He doesn’t think that there is anything out of the ordinary about him except for his above average grades that landed him in the top school in Manhattan when he was in the fourth grade. This all changes when the Alecard twins transfer. Transfer students were weird enough, but these two didn’t follow any of the rules that the rest of the people in school follow about how to deal with the crowds that Seth’s best friend James had called “the untouchables.” Things start to get even weirder for Seth when he gets involved with the younger Alecard twin, but the weirdest thing on campus might just be Seth himself.

Note: The Rebirth of a Dragon contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Jun 25, 2013

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Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Sep 2, 2013: The Rebirth of a Dragon is a fantasy story in which a previously fairly ordinary high school student, Seth, is forced to come to the realization that many of the people in the world around him aren’t exactly human, including, perhaps, himself. The agent of change in his story is another student, Josephine, a recent transfer into Seth’s high school. The two main characters are fairly well developed in the story as published so far, and I enjoyed reading about them. The story itself is lively and adventurous, definitely interesting for a reader.

One of the things I’d suggest updating to improve this serial is the posting schedule. It currently says it posts almost daily, but I only saw two entries for July and August, so I’m guessing the schedule needs to be updated to let readers know when to expect new chapters. In addition to that, I had to dock the author a star for omnipresent grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation errors. In the future, I would recommend using spellcheck (e.g., ‘torchered’ isn’t a word), doing some research on the ancient archetypes/myths you’re invoking (e.g., there’s no such thing as a ‘shamaness’; a shaman can be either a man or woman), and having a friend who has good English language skills review each chapter before you post it. Unfortunately, I had numerous experiences where I was thrown out of reading the story because I couldn’t figure out what the author was talking about, which made it difficult for me to appreciate the story.

All in all, this is an interesting read despite the roadblocks. I’d recommend this for younger readers, or those that enjoy coming-of-age fiction.

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By Chris Poirier, editor

Jun 25, 2013: Note that there is a small glitch with the site navigation: the summary page sits in the page flow between part 1 and part 2. Just click past it and you’ll be back in the story.

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