Book Review of “Scrappings”

“Scrappings” was published in 2014 (December) and was written by Amelia Smith (http://ameliasmith.net). Ms. Smith has published three novels, “Scrappings” being the first of the five part “Anamat” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘G’. The story is a Young Adult Fantasy set in another time and place, the city of Anamat. The primary character is Darna who has fled her home and made her way to the city. She joins up with three others of about her same age. Their world believes that there are dragons that make things happen, and there are temples dedicated to them. But few on this world actually see the dragons.

Cyril, who is a little older, Darna meets along the way to Anamat. Myril is a little protective of Darna. Myril has premonitions and an acute sense of hearing.

Iola it infatuated with the dragons. Dragons that almost no one else can see. She desperately wants to become a priestess and is oblivious to much of the corruption of the city.

Thorat met Iola along the way to Anamat and has become her champion and guardian. He, like Darna, Cyril, and Iola, can see the dragons.

These four join many other youngsters begging, getting by, living on the streets of Anamat. They survive, trying to save enough to buy their way into an apprenticeship, or are accepted into a temple as a priestess initiate.

The story was OK, but it did not get me fully engaged. For the most part, it seemed a little slow. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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