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Elian Black'Mor and Carine M
This is a beautiful art book, set up to look like a private journal for someone who is very talented at drawing dragons. The drawings are of exquisite quality.
The story, written in handwriting on lines of the paper, is told in an old form of English that sounds early nineteenth century. It tells of finding this place where there are monsters, in other words, dragons. Pictures, drawings, newspaper clippings and anything you might find in a journal or scrapbook are included to form the impression of a genuine report of the discovery.
Many of the drawings are anatomical, showing specific body parts as a scientist might record and there are notes of measurements and other details. Some of the drawings are in color and I cannot emphasize enough how detailed and wonderful they are! Having reviewed this from an ebook copy, I'm thinking towards buying a paperback copy for the joy of the artwork.
Through various notes, an adventure story unfolds in the tradition of Jules Verne, but with dragons. The book is extremely well done and really earned its five stars. A few other creatures are depicted, like sea serpents and the technical drawings of ships and cars are also excellent workmanship. The nature and abilities of the dragons enter the commentary so that the reader is brought inside this magnificent fantasy world.
This is a book to savour. The handwritten notes can be challenging to read very quickly and the drawings are a visual feast meant to be enjoyed at leisure. Detailed maps and dragon lore from many countries is included along with other fantasy elements. I did find some repetition of a section in the ebook version, which I presume was a technical anomaly. It didn't matter because it was worth looking through those pictures again!
Altogether a beautiful book, and an essential addition to any fan of dragons in Fantasy fiction.