Overview (No Spoilers): The Dinosaur Lords had so much promise. George R. R. Martin is quoted as saying the novel is a mix between Game of Thrones and Jurassic Park, which happens to be two of my favorite series/books. Alas, it took me almost two weeks to get a hundred pages into the book, before subsequently giving up and reading several books in between, which breaks one of my most ardent rules regarding books, before finally immersing myself into The Dinosaur Lords and racing to the finish. Buddy was soaking in the rays with me this beautiful Memorial Day, while I was finished up The Dinosaur Lords.
My first complaint lies in the dinosaurs themselves. Milan does a halfhearted job describing what should be one of the premier, unique aspects of this series. While I appreciate him using the appropriate scientific names, I would have to take a break every few pages and google the dinosaur names to fully understand what creature was being discussed. The important, initial flow of the story was significantly hindered, from a reader’s perspective, by the various breaks required to fully grasp the scene at hand. My second grievance takes root in the opening scene, a complicated battle in which the reader parries a myriad of foreign terms, names, battle parties, leaders and animals, all the while trying to discern important characters and sides, from which the rest of the story would be built upon. I had the overwhelming feeling, throughout The Dinosaur Lords that I had unknowingly picked up the second book in the series, due to the story seemingly picking up halfway through the telling. If I didn’t know better, I would describe this novel as suffering from the proverbial sequel slump. However, given patience and time, a few gems shine through the dense text. The highlights being Karyl and Rob’s witty bantering to Princess Melodia’s rebellious sister. Overall, The Dinosaur Lords picked up the pace as the story progress and left the reader at several satisfying cliffhangers. Let us hope this series lives up to it’s potential with the sequel due out July 5th, 2016.