In The Royal Dragoneers Jenka De Sawsso is a sixteen year old hunter who dreams of being a King’s Ranger like his late father who died saving the Crown Prince’s life. But when he gets caught up in a battle between trolls and a young dragon named Jade, he’s thrust into the center of a series of events, the outcome of which will determine the fate of humanity and dragons alike. For the ancient Goblin King and the Nightshade have returned to bring about the Time of Confliction which involves the eradication and enslavement of humanity for all time. Can Jenka, Jade, and their allies stop the Goblin King before its too late, or is this the beginning of the end?
The Royal Dragoneers has an interesting premise. When humanity came to these lands they established a kingdom, driving the orcs, goblins, and other similar creatures–including dragons–deep into the mountains. The King’s Rangers exist to protect the kingdom from these threats. As for the dragons; not only are they intelligent and communicative creatures, but they can be corrupted, turning into a mudged dragon–a crazed dragon that attacks at random and will ally with the Goblin King against its own kind when he comes.
To counter this, the High Dragons send some of their kind to bond with chosen humans in order to fashion guardians that can defend both sides from this imminent threat. As interesting as this is, the premise alone cannot make a good story and it is at this point that the book begins to fall apart.
The books greatest failure is simply poor, generic, writing. The story follows a whimsical naturally-you-should-know-this mentality that makes me feel as if it was written while the writer was half asleep. Deaths, battles, and serious or shocking revelations are often covered in a single, shallow paragraph when a more detailed and in depth descriptions are needed.
Characters seem to jump back and forth on their motivations as well. One character–Mysterian–wants Jenka to retrieve an object for her and secretly decides to use it for her own ends, but does an about face when the Crown Prince is captured by the Goblin King. If she was meant to be an ally than she should have been that way from the start and if she was supposed to be a villain she should’ve done something to sabotage the protagonists.
Despite all its faults The Royal Dragoneers is a decent book. At it’s end Jenka and his allies save the kingdom and defeat the Goblin King, although the Nightshade is still out there. The Crown Prince is poisoned and corrupted by the Goblin King, but there’s still a chance to save him. More adventures are on the horizon for the Dragoneers, I just hope their better written than this one.