Thursday, February 24, 2011

REVIEW - "Mountain Dragon"

Mountain Dragon: AspirationMountain Dragon: Aspiration by Bradley Clemmons

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book begins with a high priestess sharing events from a vision with her disciples. She is telling them about what will occurr in one of her future lives.  What follows is the tale.


The first thing that hit them—and this was well before they reached the site of the caravan's encampment—was the stench. The smell of death was heavy in the air…A dark, evil force, able to strike with overwhelming power has descended into the western deserts of the Middle Kingdom. With one blow he has shattered the political hopes of two great nations. One little child survives, a child who has the potential and who will one day have the strength to make all the warring factions of this region stop and take notice. This riveting saga spans lifetimes, weaving spirituality, magic, and the bonds of love and karma. In this opening volume as we meet our heroine the reader is popelled with her on a journey of mastery and enlightenment.
Description from GoodReads.

A group of bandits has just come across a caravan that they were planning on pillaging. Everyone has been killed in a horrible way, as the bandits were cleaning up and burning the massacre, they come across a little girl who was able to hide and live.

They name her Jor-mo. She is taken by the leader, Tak, and raised as his daughter. She is five years old, and an extraordinary five year old. Her maturity level is far beyond any five year old that I have ever know. Maybe some wisdom has crossed over with her from a former life?

Jor-mo is very gifted with animals. In fact she is amazing. She can mind communicate with a hawk that she raised from an egg. Not only that she has a spirit about her that brings people together. It is obvious that she has quite a productive future ahead of her.

There is also political intrigue present in the pages of this book.  The caravan was on a sensitive diplomatic mission.  The leader of the assassins was a masked bandit.    It could be Ali-Kan who is trying to take over the raiding of the trade routes, or something more political in nature.  There is more to this story than the survial and training of Jor-mo.

This book is fascinating. The author is a  lay practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. I enjoy his insight into ancient Buddhism. He laid a foundation that is complex, at times a bit slow, but  interesting. Be prepared to take your time in reading this book.  This is not a fast, fluffy read.

I received a copy of the book  from the author to review.

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