A Symphony of Dragons
Shambrook has assembled a unique set of stories in A Symphony of Dragons, with stories ranging from myths about seasonal dragons to realistic fiction where the only dragons are sculpted from ice. Each of the stories had a different feel and message, while Shambrook’s voice carried distinctly through the whole collection. Fans of her other work will be glad to know that the collection includes expansions on two of her worlds and the plots of all the stories were creative. However, character development was almost non-existent in the stories that did not revolve around characters from her other works. I felt that, overall, the collection lacked a sense of development and completeness. This stems mostly from the fact that the stories fail to let the characters come into full maturity and would have benefited greatly from an expansion of the stories themselves into longer works. Despite this, it was an enjoyable and diverting read, and if you are a fan of Shambrook’s other work, you will enjoy this collection as well.