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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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. 

North Wind
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This story, is really good. The author does a great job of making the reader like the protagonist, in this case a young kobold named Sam. We all know about kobolds having the distant lineage with a small bloodline of the ancient dragons, and in this story, we get to know how the kobolds themselves feel about it. So far, this story is cute and wholesome, but there is still action and fighting for those more adventerous readers. The story has the main character actually work for his success, which I really enjoy but rarely see, unfortunately, and there are "mysteries" that young mages need to understand in order to gain power. It's really cool learning about how a fantasy world would explain more scientific concepts that aren't really mentioned in most stories, and it's great. Overall, this story is fun, enjoyable, and engaging.

Basani
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Always nice when the MC aims high.

Reviewed at: Chapter 10 - Awakening

Super fun so far, and very ambitious in the scope of improvement that Samazzar needs unless they get a cheat, which I hope they don't. I really hope this continues, the characters show promise too and I'd like to see more of this world.

The magic seems interesting and very involved, which I like. It's not the pure casting of spells and the term mystery seems very apt. Entire tiers of advancement occur before a mage/student of mysteries can do what would be cosnidered basic in other works, which seems like it would prevent pointless power bloat. The fact that each step allows for improvement and growth in ways that aren't directly connected to hitting harder is great too. The only thing I didn't care for in the magic system was out it was delivered as a block of exposition. I wouldn't have minded not knowing as much know and finding out more about each step as it came to be, and maybe later having a fuller grounding later. As of now, it just felt like something I'd have to try and memorize for when it'll be important. That said, it's a fairly minor quibble.

Plus, it's always great to see more heroes called Sam. Gamgee and Tarly can always use more allies.

Cloud Chaos
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So far I've enjoyed reading this story, it has a steady pace, an interesting premise and fun world building. 

Overall, I would certainly recommend reading!

I'll definitely be following the story and am interested to see how this develops. 

Character Score
A couple of characters stand out to me and I'm enjoying getting to know them better. Took me a few chapters to properly warm up to them, but now I'm invested.

For the most part the characters are consistently well written. There are a few places where the mc's dialogue feels maybe a bit advanced for who he is, but it doesn't spoil the flow or immersion for me! 

Some of the individuals still feel a little 2D, but I'm sure that will change as we get to see more of them.

Grammar Score
The grammar is pretty much flawless, I've noticed maybe one or two typos. But you have to really look for them to find any.

Style Score
The prose flows well and is enjoyable to read. The pace is steady, maybe a little on the slow side but it works. 

Story Score
Sort of already answered this. It's a solid storyline so far.  So far we've been mainly following the mc as he learns about the world and magic. He's got clear desires and motives and we even got to see some action. The world building is skilfully done, with a lot of kobold interactions etc. I'm interested enough to come back and read on. Very comfortable recommending this story. Give it a go. 

Cal04
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Good stuff, a little jarring

Reviewed at: Chapter 8 - Reflection

As the title said, its a good story and a nice day read. 

Everything about the non-human character is interesting, and I dare to say new and refreshing. 

However

There is a jarring part, its the intelligence of these kobold. Before chapter 7 and 8, the other kobolds in my opinion were led to be less intelligent then our mc. 

However its jarring because it seems that the young infants are as intelligent as humans, not children, but at least teen age because of the dialogue. If there was an education system but they play games all day?

Dialogue is a hit or miss because either having excellent Grammer or playing with it for characterization can lead to a complaint. 

But if it helps future readers, just know that they're all going to have perfect Grammer or know words like "aptitude" that seem unreal. 

 

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. 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

moredread
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Another great story from a great author.

Reviewed at: Chapter 6 - Legs

A fantastic story. From an author who has put out several great ones before. 

This is your basic monster MC. Sam starts out as a baby kobold.  He is just smarter, and willing to work harder than the other kobolds. He is also willing to risk his life against much stronger opponents.  

Its a little early for the review, im only on chapter 5. Yet,  its going so good i felt it deserved a review. Besides the biggest problem for me with an early review is the author will drop the story. With an established author like COCOP thats not really a concern.