[Review] Banshee

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Title: Banshee

Author: Terry Maggert

Published: March 7, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia

Source: Purchased For Kindle

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

Cities Fall. Dragons Rise. War Begins.

The war for earth began in Hell. First came the earthquakes. Then came the floods. Finally, from the darkened mines, caves and pits, the creatures of our nightmares boiled forth to sweep across the planet in a wave of death.

Mankind, on the run and unprepared, is not alone. We have dragons.

Emerging from their slumber, giant dragons select riders to go to war. Their forces strike back at the legions of demons that attack on the night of every new moon. The Killing Moon, as it becomes known, is the proving ground for warriors of skill and heart. Among the riders is Saavin, a brave young woman from the shattered remains of Texas. Her dragon, Banshee, is swift and fearless, but they will need help to fight a trio of monstrous creatures that Hell is using to take cities one by one.

With the help of French Heavener, a warrior of noble intent, Banshee and Saavin will launch a desperate defense of New Madrid, the last city standing. But first, they’ll have to go into the very cave where demons bide their time until the sun fades and the moon is black.

The hope of mankind rests on dragon’s wings and the bravery of Saavin and French.

They have the guts. They have the guns.
They have dragons.

Please take this review lightly as I can be very picky when it comes to specific stories not written in the Young Adult genre.

Know that I did my best to read this book. I really wanted to love it, because I love dragon stories to death. I really wanted to love this book. I did. I marked this book as DNF at 17% for the reasons listed in this review. I'm not here to be harsh towards the author, as I know every author takes precious time and effort to craft amazing books. Considering that this book before this specific review was getting really good ratings, I'm doing my best to show that I, in no way, am doing this to be mean.

Banshee started off super slow and was extremely bogged down by too much detail. I stopped reading at about 7% and it took me almost a week just to get back into it. There were pages on pages of text blocks with little to no paragraph breaks. This makes it really hard on my eyes, and, when I need to stop, makes the struggle to finish the paragraph much harder, because it seemed like it would never end. It didn't seem like fiction most of the time -- in fact, it seemed like I was reading an unnecessarily long article or a history book, rather than an actual story. I actually had to skim several pages just to get to a part of the story itself, just for it to go back to that feeling.

Like I said in the beginning, I really wanted to love it, and though others did, I just couldn't continue reading it. If I saw more of... the story, rather than pages and pages backstory, I would have been perfectly capable of finishing, especially if I saw more of Saavin in the beginning of it, which I saw little of. However, don't let this review of mine deter you from reading this book. If you love dragon stories, don't mind the long text blocks, and love getting a lot of back story before the actual story kicks in, I would suggest you get it and give it a go. You may like it a lot more than I did.


  1. A very honest review. I appreciate how you give your honest opinion while admitting it may be more of a preference thing and the fact that you didn't like it doesn't mean it was a horrible story. I've read so many troll reviews that are just nasty and tear down the author personally, it was very refreshing to read your review. I too felt the beginning to be over long, confusing, and not very engaging, but I persevered and am glad I did. Overall I loved the book and look forward to the sequel. As an author myself, I greatly value honest constructive criticism and I think Terry also appreciates knowing what doesn't work and what does from the reader's perspective. As authors we always want to be improving our work!

    1. Thank you for that, Lydia. I do my best to ensure that if I DNF, I give my honest reason as to why I personally didn't like it. However, over the past couple of weeks, I've been trying to figure out if I should go back and try to re-read it and trudge through the difficult beginning. I may do that in the future. :)