by Victor Milán
Series: The Dinosaur Lords #3
Published on August 15, 2017 by Tor
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
With The Dinosaur Princess, we return to Paradise, Victor Milan’s fabulous alternate fantasy universe where humans from Earth were transported to a world where dinosaurs never became extinct.
It is a marvelous but dangerous place, a realm where knights ride these beasts in order to fight epic medieval battles, a place where magic is real.
The ancient gods who brought mankind to Paradise have returned to judge their human experiment. The Grey Angels, fabled ancient weapons of the gods, have come to rid the world of sin.
And if humans are deemed unworthy, they will be scourged from the face of Paradise.
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So. . . I missed the memo that this is not the end of the series. Totally thought this was a trilogy but that is definitely not the case so don’t go into The Dinosaur Princess expecting a conclusion y’all. You’ll find it’s quite the opposite.
I’ll be honest, when I started this series I didn’t have high hopes for enjoying the following books. I read them more out of a weird sense of obligation as a reviewer than anything and while they did improve I can’t say I feel a strong connection to these books. At the third in the series, that’s pretty important to me as a reader.
Three books in. Still don’t really care one way or another about the characters. They’re interesting but I’m not invested, even with the lovely little twist the author was ever so kind enough to throw in.
I can’t say too much about the story without spoilers from the previous two books but I will comment on the pacing. The Dinosaur Lords suffered from info dumps and lengthy exposition the most but all three are exactly what you might expect from an adult epic fantasy. Lots. Of. World-building.
Don’t get me wrong, world-building is good. It’s important to set the scene. But it took over for the story for a while and it wasn’t working for me. While The Dinosaur Knights improved on the first book, this one felt like the notorious sequel. You know, when the book tends to fall flat. This one had sequel syndrome. The same plays are used again and again and I’ve lost interest in what was likely supposed to be a tension-packed story.
As a third book in the series, I wasn’t really impressed. There’s definitely room to grow from The Dinosaur Princess so I don’t see future books lacking but this was the make-it-or-break-it one for me. An interesting series with interesting characters but not enough to interest me any longer.