A Dream of Wings and Flame

A Dream of Wings and Flame

by Cocop (Cale Plamann)

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Kobolds cower at the bottom of the foodchain, forced to eke out a meager existence in the most wretched of caves.

Most have made peace with their lot in life; one of eating scraps and carrion. They hide and run from predators, delaying the inevitable day when they aren't fast or sneaky enough to make their escape.

But not Samazzar.  Sam is different from other Kobold pups.  Traps and caves might keep him and his people alive, but sometimes, just living isn't enough.  The blood of dragons pumps through his veins, and Sam isn't willing to settle for mere survival.  Whether by claw, magic, or cunning, one day he will soar above the plains, predator rather than prey. And nothing, be it the mockery of his tribe, the hazards of the deep caves, or even the almost insurmountable difficulty of successfully evolving his bloodline, nothing is going to stop him.

Join Samazzar and his boundless optimism on his quest to throw off the shackles placed on his tiny scaled body by fate so that he can claim his birthright once and for all.

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Kobold design by Faewild

Coloring/Everything Else on the cover KrazeKode

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Cocop (Cale Plamann)

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Interesting Ambitious Kobold Story

Reviewed at: Chapter 5 - Fumbling in the Dark

Quite interesting story about a young kobold that wants to achieve two impossible dreams.

Learn all the magic that he can and become a dragon.

Not sure if he will achieve either, but he has the work ethic and drive to make a good attempt. As well as being a kind character. At least to those close to him. So far the story mostly focuses on Sam (the main character) and his mentor; but it is starting to introduce more characters who show promise in being more than just stereotypes.

It is still relatively new and has very few chapters, but I enjoy what has been shared so far, so I will update this review as more chapters come in. 

Initially written after reading Chapter 3 (at the time, the latest released chapter). Updated when Chapter 5 was the latest chapter.

Vitaly S Alexius
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First adv review is mine! I'll eat your heart if..

Reviewed at: Prologue - A Campfire Tale

Coco's new delightful, wholesome tale is that of adventure and kobolds! Yes, you heard me right review reader, Kobolds. I'm a huge fan of kobolds myself as I've written much about them personally. Much like this review. Get it? har har. But, enough about me, we are here to discuss this lovely tale of adventure & magic.

Please have a seat.

What, review observer, you think I haven't read enough chapters to rate this masterpiece? Silence! You know nothing! Coco sent me a document personally with FIVE chapters in it. That's how wise and readery I am. Yes, I'm sure that readery is a word!

Okki! I'll begin with the boring ass bit - the grammar in this book is top notch, I can't find a single mistake or horrible sentence. As always Coco's work is flawless as he's a lawyer and an incredibly skilled writer and it shows.

Style - amazing. Don't expect any less from the writer of Tower of Somnus. What you don't know about Somnus? Stop reading this review and go read Somnus, it has like a gazillion chapters.

Characters - adorable, sweet and lovable. They're cute, tiny kobolds that can do no wrong. They live in a cave and collect firemoss to stay warm. Would pet. Especially Samazzar or Sam. He is the best of the batch because he wants to learn more, improve and will probably become a dragon or something by the time this book ends, through powers of cleverness, deduction, rationality and MAGIC. Sam is all about using magic for gaining power.

Story - very solid. One of Coco's best. Would give more than five stars if I could hack RR. Pls don't ban me Kana. This was an imaginary scenario.

A made up category that I just made up. Wait, that's called Overall. This book is a masterpiece and will likely end up at the top. Called it first. Read my review and despair how I have written exactly three hundred and thirty three words without spoiling a thing!

TrueCipres
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Less than a dozen chapters so far yet I am loving it already. I hadn't read any other of the author's works, but this novel really got me interested. 

 The characters, as little as we had gotten to known them, are easily identifiable with well defined characteristics and personality, the grammar is excellent, spotless by Royalroad standards, and the world seems interesting and promising. The main character in particular is very charming, always trying to reach for the skies, both metaphorically and literally. 

One of the things I like the most, though, was the magic. It borrows from cultivation and Xianxia to take its own personality, more compatible with Western fantasy. 

Adam Hershner
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This is an excellent story! There's an immediate sense of Samazzar's personality, wants, goals, and obstacles, and the characters building in around him are also defining themselves nicely. The story is starting to pick up, and I'm excited for them getting to leave the cave and explore the outside world. The magic is fascinating to read about and gives an emotional depth to just how far he'll have to go to reach dragon if he's only this far now. If I had any complaints, they're mostly superficial - such as Samazzar being called Sam, an extremely modern/Earth name - but otherwise, this story is excellent and I'm excited to see where it goes from here. 

Sesharan
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A little dragon with a big heart

Reviewed at: Chapter 4 - A Meritorious Return

"Kobolds are the much-diminished descendants of dragons. They may have inherited a certain cunning from their ancestors, but they are as weak and pitiable as any Goblin. Nonetheless, they still have a trace of draconic blood, and a kobold that gains sufficient power could regain their ancestors' strength..."

 

Every RoyalRoad reader probably knows this story. If you didn't hear it playing DnD, you picked it up from one of the many dungeon core stories that spawns a Kobold in the hope of one day evolving into a proper dragon, or perhaps just from some adventurer's [Analyze] during a low-level mission. 

But how do the Kobolds feel about their lost power and distant potential? And what would a quest for one of them to achieve that potential look like? CoCop (noted author of Tower of Somnus, Blessed Time, and several other fantastic works) is here to explore those questions with an incredible new work. 

Having read a few chapters ahead, I can promise that this story is as interesting as it is adorable. CoCop's strong character work once again shines through, creating a cast that is relatable and endearing while still being recognizable as proper Kobolds. And although we've yet to see much of the world outside the Kobolds' cave,  the world inside is as well-built and intriguing as all of Cocop's work. 

The grammar and style are naturally excellent, and the story is fantastically promising. I firmly believe that this story will rocket up to the top of RR's charts in short order. 

dstroar
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Where the MC has to work hard

Reviewed at: Chapter 10 - Awakening

Most novels now generally bless the MCs with a godly power, insane luck or both. I admit that MCs with godly powers are a guilty pleasure of mine, but authors use them as a crutch which can make situations boring if not done right. It was very nice, and surprising, finally seeing an MC working for progression. The magic system is pretty interesting too. The updates take long, but each chapter is filled with quality writing and are longer than usual novel chapters on RR. The MC is highly motivated and smart and is going to use these assets tto progress further.

deus vult
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little kobold dreams to become a dragon

Reviewed at: Chapter 5 - Fumbling in the Dark

I was a bit hesitant at first. when thinking about novels that have dragons as mcs, these novels tend to make the mc stupidly overpowered (well, he's a dragon), and are no different than trash isekai out there. well, I've read one recently, and although nothing was done differently, the writing and humor made it different. so I liked it, and decided to give this one a shot too. oh boy am I glad. the plot is decent. the story follows the character as he learns magic and tries to survive in a world fitted against him, and the writing is top notch! the feels! hope our little friend goes to become the mightiest of dragons and conquers the world! rawr!

Theakorn
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An interesting premise that to me falters in execu

Reviewed at: Chapter 10 - Awakening

First of, the good. The writing flows nicely and with few mistakes to interupt the flow for the reader. The premise is good and there is a lot of potential in the world building, especially the magic system.

Then the less good. There is a lot of exposition in the start.

The kobold society is fairly anime-y and feckless, and I struggle to take it serious. The conflicts then become fairly obvious and less interesting. I think their life as a scavenging and foraging species could be much more interesting than as portrayed in the first 100 pages, and it feels like Cocop missed an opportunity here. The same is with the main character and his friends. They are thin, borderline cliché and not very interesting. Only the elderly magic teacher comes off as somewhat believable.

The main character does the annoying repeatedly externalized “I WILL be a dragon some day” rather than an internalized drive. This leads to repetitive dialogue over him being the “little dragon”, as well as a rather predictable end to chapter 10.

In the end it is the jarring kobold society and the thin, anime-y characterization that does this story in for me. It is probably very enjoyable for those who do not mind the anime-ishness.

Phaeton
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An excellent story of ambition and perseverance

Reviewed at: Chapter 11 - Renewed Focus

An incredibly engaging tale of how a young kobold wishes to ascend to what he feels he was meant to be— a dragon. Both the dialogue and the worldbuilding are balanced in a refreshing take on a pre-existing genre. The conversations are fluid, and the scenes are portrayed elegantly, and the action is handled well. Read this if you are interested in following a zero to hero tale.

king34
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overview, good but likely to crash and burn the same way blessed time did.

no offense to cocop or the people that like this book but  although the premise is quite intresting the  execution leaves somthing to be desired.

lol i'm probably going to get dislike nuked to the bottom so cocop will probably not see this.

there are a lot of 5 star reviews talking about how awesome this book is, so going into it  i expected perferction:like descolada,mol or perfect run levels of perfection.

i was sorely dissapointed!

style: not too bad. i like how it can portray the bad points of living as a kobold but i hate how unnatural sounding the conversations are, especially with how the adults and that one guard lady , it just doesn't flow properly, it feels like part of the conversation was remved and we're left with the bare minimum needed to understand what's happened

grammar:bit bland, but that's okay  but it stops it from being 5 star worthy.

story score: worldbuilding is amazing for how many chapters we have,but conflict seems seems a little forced. in one of  the latest chapters the kobold adults try to steal our mc's stuff when there's a law that clearly states anyone trying to do that gets killed or banished.

character score: by far the worst out of all categories,we have the typical protagonist who is going to try and save everone because no better suited, smarter or stronger person has ever tried to do so before,there's the basic shy little sister figue that's probbly going to be put in danger or sacrificed later on in the story, you have the strong friend who's going to save the mc when he gets in way over his head  and  you have the snarky guard who is actually a good person and will support the mc when he brings a very awesome ad new idea that everyoe in the clan should follow.and you have the dumb adults who are lazy and think they are worth way more than the mc just because they are(this doen't make any sense in a community where food is scarce and thse who bring food are most respected,and if they dont hunt they dont get coins to get food.and they can't be geting tokens for free because this isn't  human coomunity where theres enouugh food for almost everybody to get some, the kobolds clearly struggle to get food and their chief is pragmatic enough to encourage people to hunt even in dangerous times because it means less mouths to feed, so if anything the lazy types shouln't exist since everyone must earn their right to survive) the only saving grace is he prasmatic cheif, and the wise old kobold who really  has an aura  of wisdom and age around her and is expects to die soon, sadly for her the authour can only go two ways about her , either get the mc to save her, which could be good (if handled well) or let her die and awken the mc's super powered, super determined  mode(bad) or just make him sad that she died(better imho)

overall if the author can fix the problems mentioned in the character section , this story goes fom a 3.5 to a 4.5 instantly so good  cocop .will read later to see how it progrsses and update my review accordingly but so far this book looks like it's gonna crash and burn hard.