The power to hold the chaos at bay, the terrible secret that maintains the balance, rests in the hands of a new and inexperienced Mistress of Dragons.
Don't miss the next book in the Dragonvarld Trilogy The Dragon's Son.
©2003 Margaret Weis; (P)2003 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"A classic tale...touched with originality." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rich and vibrant fantasy world populated with various races and complex, believable characters." (Library Journal)
"Weis has brilliantly conceived a world viable for both dragons and humans." (Booklist)
My husband and I just finished this audio book and we anxiously await the next installment of this imaginative and unpredicable story. The characters are richly drawn and the story constantly kept us amazed and guessing. Ms. Weis is not afraid of getting out on a limb and that is one thing that makes this story so fascinating and unique. The narrator is well-choosen. The book is told in a well-paced voice with good character differenciations. I loved being carried away to the land of dragons and the unpredictible human pawns during our long commutes to work.
After reading the "Void" series co-authored by Weis and Hickman, I was excited to start another series by Weis. Sadly, I was extremely disappointed.
The narration was annoyingly over-acted ... the combination of repetitive word choice and peculiar pronunciations became almost unbearably irritating. Imagine the words "body" or "bodies" repeated every minute or two, but rhymed with "toadie."
The characters (yes, lesbian, I know for god's sake!) related in stilted, cliched ways. "I know I deserve to die." "No, I will love you forever." Please.
I can't recommend this book to anyone who wants more than a Harlequin-Romance-Novel-style cheese-fest. Listen to Phillip Pullman's trilogy "His Dark Materials" instead -- you'll be glad you avoided this dud.
Overall, I thought the story was very weak and the characters very cardboard. If I had heard the lesbian relationship between Melisand and Belona referred to one more time, I would have screamed. There was way too much reference to it that had nothing to do with the story. The reader does not have to be reminded in every sentence. The action was quite boring. There were several times in which actions were dragged out ad nauseum. I was not impressed.
... but I did not find this book to be at all what I expected from reading the other reviews. Part of it was the narrator, whose reading style seemed vaguely overdone. I attempted to look past that to the tale itself, as a fan of fantasy fiction in general. While I found the plot concepts interesting, I noted that the universe of the story did not always seem to abide by it's own rules, and to my ear, the writing was somewhat heavy handed and the rapid shifting of 'point of view' was frequently disconcerting. Perhaps my recent exposure to George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire series (absolutely engrossing) has spoiled me a little, but I couldn't really recommend this book as a 'top choice'. Others certainly seem to enjoy it though, so maybe it's just me! :)
I couldn't put this book down. About the time I thought I knew what it was about, it shocks me by something I never saw coming.
I was very intrigued by the story, and can hardly wait to listen to the 2nd book. Definitely worth your time to listen to this one.
Margaret Weis has long been noted in our family as a top notch author, and she continues to maintain that standard with this book. This is the first audio book we've listened to by Ms. Weis, and Gigi Marceau-Clarke has tapped into Ms. Weis storytelling style with remarkable skill. The only down side: waiting for the next segment of the story!
I do love Dragons, but I don't like books much. This book realy got my attention. As the story goes you just don't see some things coming and it does keep you very interested. I take my hat off to the auther who did a great job writing this book. It was so good that I can't wait to read the others in the seires and will look for more Dragon books by this auther
The story line to this adventure marches continuously on. it has several twists and turns that you wont have any idea until the end of the 3rd book.
I highly reccomend that you listen to all three of the books.
the narration is great.
This book introduced Dragons and how they dealt with humans in a new light and I loved it. I listened to this book on a long drive and the drive ended much too soon as I still had a couple of hours left on the book, wanted to just sit in my car and listen to the rest. Audible needs to get more of Weis's books recorded.
"Disappointingly shallow and bland"
I found this story to be very trite and shallow and am glad I bought it with Listener credits; I surely wouldn't have wanted to pay full price! I felt like I was listening to an allegorical fable for children most of the time. It gets two whole stars - because I was able to actually finish listening to it.
"A Pure escape from reality"
This was the first book I downloaded from Audible and it persuaded me to join. I now have all three books in the series and I have enjoyed them all. They may seem a strange choice to peel potatoes and make cake to. (I now have a player in the kitchen), but I prefer to listen to a book than music. These books were very different to anything else I have ever read as I am new to fantasy fiction but I am now well and truly hooked
Fairly standard fantasy nothing compelling or new, sometimes far stretches to imagine a dragon using an "illusion" to be human without something more, but still good listen and worth the time spent
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