A Dream of Wings and Flame

by CoCop

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

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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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!

msng
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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.

Nameless32
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Is anyone else trying to fill that monster-sized hole in their heart after shade-touched went on hiatus? Or maybe you're just a sucker for all of CocoP's stuff (this is also me). Or maybe you've just discovered this randomly and want to see what all the cute kobold hype is about. 

My friends, this story delivers. It is one of the most optimistic, adorable, heart-melting stories out there. While I'm out here making comparisons, I'd think Cinnamon Bun would be appropriate, given this level of adorability.

That isn't to say that it's all tree-hugging and rainbow-vomiting (there's also a fair amount of rat-skewering and monster-escaping), but man, it's the type of story that leaves you smiling and with a +200% positivity buff. 

The star of the show is of course the characters. Samazzar is... Pretty much a standard shounen MC, but without all of the annoyingness that might come from your typical one. He has all that childlike wonder that makes you want to give him headpats, but also cleverness and determination beyond what you'd expect. He's no whiny child - he's just a kobold with a dream (heheheh). The side characters also bring so much life to the world, instead of just being cardboard NPCs giving quests to our lead. The old mentor figure Taz is a wonderful contrast to Sam's pluckyness, but it's not the "work you to death and constantly berate you" type mentorship. It's... well, wholesome, just like everything else in the story. Even the guards and side-kobolds have managed to steal my heart T-T

This is of course facilitated by the style and story. I don't think anyone needs a reminder of how good CocoP's writing is, but just in case: man, it blows your socks off. I actually got chills reading the prologue, like a big camera-zooms-out moment in a movie. The fights are amazingly paced, and the character interactions are just *mwah*. So good. 

The story itself is all about young Sam becoming a mighty dragon, in a wonderful (non-litRPG) magic system that we've only scratched the surface of. The chapters have... I don't want to say an episodic feel, but certainly a vibe to them that greatly complements the wholesome nature of this story. The plot is still always advancing, however, and actually progression is made at a pretty fast pace.

Grammar is grammar, as usual. I haven't spotted any errors, so that's a 5/5 from me.

Overall, from the moment I started reading this story I've been blown away. I'm a sucker for wholesome shit, and this story managed to combine that with big monster-fights and clever MC scheming perfectly. Seriously, give it a try. You won't regret it.

RepossessedSoul
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New take on classic tale, is done rather well

Reviewed at: Chapter 7 - The Measure of a Kobold

Story is well put together and flows very concisely.

Characterization is well done without walls of text making the Ole eyeballs bleed. Most of it is done via indirect characterization and done via dialog, which I enjoy.

Plot is decent and holds together well so far and shows promise of an enjoyable story.

Main character shows that they use mind/cleverness to overcome obstacles. Though the utilization is rather blatantly set up (i.e. bad air lesson directly ties to using bad air to suffocate an opponent).

However tension is still handled well and used appropriately. Even though I was expecting a confrontation I was surprised and interested at the enemy presented and the enemy was presented in such a manner as to both present a clear threat, a clear reason why that threat was there and was able to drive home how the MC is starting off at quite literally the lowest position in the food chain.

The story has a consistent goal and setting that is established. The small view of the society we have shows plenty of opportunities for an interesting and well rounded character base.

In final chapters (11? I believe, the one where the adults prove to be less than helpful) we see a good example of manipulation and the societal machine in play.

Characters that we think of as honest and upright are given a shadow of being something else and show they all have their own goals as characters all seem to have their own goals and intents.

Death is handled well and professionally. It exists. It's used to further show character development, and it isn't lamented to much over. Well done so far but no major characters have died or suffered yet, so I have yet to see how the author handles an important person to the MC die yet, even though there are plenty of hints as who's going to die first. I fully expect it to not be the current (as of Chapter 11? 10may2021) expected character, but hey that could be me just expecting a twist that isn't necessary because everyone seems to think you need to throw a Shyamalan twist into everything for no reason.

I like this fiction and have great expectations from it.

dragon723
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True heroes are underdogs without cheats

Reviewed at: Chapter 7 - The Measure of a Kobold

Very wellwritten, no OP skills from the getgo, interesting characters, MC is not a psychopath nor does he constantly justify his actions to the readers.

 

Unlike most stories on this site its the characters and not their prowers that carries the story along. There is even glimmers of a solid plot emerging.

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!

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. 

MelasD
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FANTASTIC monster protagonist story!

Reviewed at: Chapter 6 - Legs

Tired of reading stories where the non-human monster lead is basically Human-Reskinned™? Well, I've got the story for you.

A Dream of Wings and Flame by the wonderful CoCop follows the story of a young, starry-eyed Kobold who wishes to reclaim the glory of his ancestors: the legendary Dragons. In this story, Kobolds are at the very bottom of the food chain. Below even Goblins. Their magic is weak, but that does not stop Samazzar. You will follow the young pup as he pursues his dream, learning magic and discovering more about his bloodline as he progresses towards his goal.

The style is fantastic, as expected. It focuses a lot on the magic-system, while seamlessly weaving the worldbuilding into the story, with each bit of lore serving a purpose rather than just exposition for the sake of exposition.

Grammar is great. The diction is not unnecessarily complex, but not too simple or straightforward.

Story is well paced. A bit on the slower side, but very much fititng for the kind of story it is.

Characters are wonderful. Currently still a small cast, but each of them with their own unique quirks and distinguishable personalities. I'm particularly fond of the Crone, personally.

It's a 5/5 for me. A fantastic monster protagonist. I swear. Don't sue me pls, CoCo ;-;

 

Summercat
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There's only two chapters so far (I am terrible and don't have access to advanced stuff), but so far I'm liking this story. 

We're told the legendary background of the Kobold Race, their position in the world, and we see the spark - the call to adventure - in what I presume to be the main character. 

We also get a lesson on how the magic system works, and get an idea or two on kobold society in general, although the latter is more extrapolation than anything else. 

The magic system is given as an infodump, but it makes sense since it's the character being taught magic. Or the leadup to it. 

I am looking forward to seeing where this goes - the heroes journey is of course the likely path, but that's just the grand framework. A house, a factory, a mud palace, and an arcology are all buildings, after all. 

I am told there will be a scene with otters, too. 

Pork
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Why attractive mc tag? Highly confusing

Reviewed at: Prologue - A Campfire Tale

Honestly havnt even started reading yet..... but from the synaps he is a kobold that wants to evolve into a dragon? I got that right ? Right? So why in all of gods tarnations is there an attractive mc tag? Unless he becomes human?  But if that is the case, why? I mean i could get it if he was a human reincarnate but he isnt... so i hope he dosnt become human, there are just too many non mc novels where the mc works towrds becoming a human and usually does so within 20 chapters like it is so pointless. Any soz about that rant looking forward to the novel.... unless he is a hot kobold? By kobold standards i mean.... author got yhat weird kobold fetish? I aint judging