I'm not sure what drew me to pick up this book in the first place, but I decided to read it because I'd never read a fantasy with an Asian feel. When I say Asian I don't mean that it's set in Asia or even that it's based on Asian mythology, only that it's based on ancient Asia the way most fantasy is based on a Renaissance culture--very loosely and with great liberties taken. Over-all I enjoyed the book and its original (to me) mood.
Turesobei is a young wizard in training, and one of the things I liked is that from the beginning he understands his potential and that he will someday be high wizard. I also enjoy the classic 'coming into power' stories (or I wouldn't have written one), but this was a nice change. I had some trouble relating to 'Sobei' at times, probably because he's a teenage boy and thinks like one. I don't usually have trouble relating to adult male characters, but I'm afraid that teens can be a little too clueless for me *bangs head on wall*. There was also the somewhat stereotypical (spelled that right first try, woohoo!) female bad-girl love interest, but she was different in that she was furry. There were several interesting characters, and the main ones were fairly well fleshed out by the end of the book.
That said, there were a LOT of characters, and most of them were the flat, disposable types. I don't think I ever felt truly in suspense, or like I was worried about anyone, even though there were numerous fight scenes with people dying. It's not that the writing was sloppy or poorly edited; on the contrary it's very clean for an indie book. I just had a hard time getting emotionally engaged at times. It started feeling long and I was ready to move on to something else. Of course, I read this between Divergent books, which were extremely gripping to me (did I mention I hated the ending of those?) , so that might have skewed my perception of 'The Storm Dragon's Heart'. For those looking for a straightforward adventure book with a more typical 'They went here and fought these people, then went there and were ambushed by these demons' story, this would be a good choice.
Language: I can't remember any foul language. If there was any, it was minor.
Sexual Content: A couple scenes with the furry girl taking off clothes, but nothing is really described, and there's no sex scene.
Violence: Yes, fight scenes and blood, but all pretty normal stuff for fantasy.
Over-All Message/Plot: No real message, just a fantasy quest with an Asian undertone. As far as I remember, anything that might have been considered a plot hole was at least addressed and explained away so I didn't get irritated.
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