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Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2005
Being a fan of Margeret Weis, I was really looking forward to this book. I had just read Tracy Hickman's first Bronze Canticle book, and while I found it to be just ok, at least there were some original elements within it. I can not say the same for this book. There is nothing new or unique in this novel. The writing is not what I would expect from her, and the characters are not interesting. The main male lead seemed okay enough as we are introduced to a loving wife and dutiful son, but he grows unlikeable as he lusts after another woman. It is also unrealistic that a king would go off alone with a total stranger on a quest. The man female lead is a very bland priestess. The lesbian angle is interesting, though she seems to forget that she is gay for one chapter in order to advance a plot point. All in all, this is not a good Margares Weis book.
Love the lesbians!! Wish more authors saw through the boring stagnant barriers of hetero characters. Margaret did a fab job setting the world - plotting perfectly and developing UNIQUE characters. All three books in this series are my favorite of hers -
Having read lot of this author's work I was looking forward to reading this new series. I'm not sure if the fact that I read the George R R Martin books before this one but I was sorely dissapointed. The book seemed shallow, rushed, and uninspired. I'm not sure if the lesbian theme was meant to draw in the 15 year old readers, but it certainly didn't add anything to the story. If you are expecting anything similar to Dragonlance or The Deathgate Cycle, don't waste your time!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 30, 2014
i have been a big fan of Weis and Hickman ever since the original Dragonlance Chronicles came out, sadly Margaret Weis is not as talented by herself ( i have read some of Tracy Hickman's solo work and he is definitely the better writer ). Mistress of Dragons is a good book with some interesting ideas set in a world a little different to the fantasy norm ( as with many of Weis and Hickman's worlds ) and this series starts well but the 2nd and third books did not maintain the same calibre and ultimately the conclusion to the series was somewhat disappointing ( so 4 stars fro this book but only 3 for the trilogy )