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The first novel in Lawrence Watt-Evans' Obsidian Chronicles: Dragon Weather.

Arlian had lived his entire life on the Smoking Mountain - the stony ground, jagged peaks, and black glass were all he had ever known.

But then came dragon weather: Oppressive heat, dark and angry clouds...weather that lured the dragons from their caverns deep beneath the earth.

And the dragons came - monsters with no sympathy for humans; dragons who destroyed his entire village and everyone in it. Everyone, that is, except Arlian.

Orphaned and alone, Arlian is taken by looters and sold into slavery, sent to labor in the mines for the rest of his life - until a freak accident and an act of mercy sets him free.

Free to seek revenge on the looters, the slavers - and the dragons.

But in all of history, no one has ever slain a dragon. Can one obsessed young man change the world and do what no one has ever done before?

©1999 Lawrence Watt Evans (P)2017 Lawrence Watt Evans

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Wonderful Story with Great Narration

What did you love best about Dragon Weather: Obsidian Chronicles?

The best part of DW was the narration. Shawn did a great job of giving every character life and personality.

What other book might you compare Dragon Weather: Obsidian Chronicles to and why?

honestly, Dragon Weather isn't much like any other books I've read. I mean, it has similar fantasy elements to LOTR or HP, but the storytelling is so much different.

Which character – as performed by Shawn Saavedra – was your favorite?

I was a big fan of his portrayal of Black. He gave Black a wonderful gritty edge that really translated the "rough and tumble" nature of the character.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to have listened to this book in one sitting, but sadly, I don't have 20 straight hours to devote to a book! Just know that if I could, I would.

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This book was fantastic. I read it in highschool and when I found out there was an audiobook, I was floored. Now we just need the other two books in the Obsidian Chronicles and I will be a happy camper!!

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I enjoyed the story hopefully it won't be two years if ever that they write the next one.

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Not disappointed!

This has been a book dear to my heart for the last 18 years. It spurred my love of writing and reading and has been one of my favorite books for all of my adult life. LWE has been one of my favorite authors for just as long and he never disappoints! I was ecstatic to hear that this book was finally in audio format, although I was cautious because I'm quite picky about what kind of voice I can listen to for hours on end, but I was pleasantly surprised by Shawn's performance! There were a few voices that took me by surprise, as they were nothing like what I had imagined, but the rest was pretty spot on and I look forward to not only the rest of the Obsidian Chronicles but also to exploring more books narrated by Shawn Saavedra!

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The Count of Monte Cristo, but with Dragons.

I absolutely adore this story. I first discovered this story when I was 12 years old and have read it annually nearly every year since, 15+ years later. Seeing as my original copy has gotten a bit worn thin, it's wonderful to have Dragon Weather on audiobook. I sincerely hope we get the subsequent novels, Dragon Venom & The Dragon Society in the near future.

I hate to say it though, I was not a fan of the quality of the reading. I felt his female voices were weak and almost always took me out of the story. That being said, he added new depths to Arlian which expanded my appreciation for the character. So I hope he returns for the next two books, just more care for women's voices would be appreciated.

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I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next. I hope they don't take too long.

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This book was amazing can't wait for the next

Over all the narrator was great and the story was amazing but I feel like at the start of the story the over all story was kinda weak"just at first" . Basically just a few to meany coincidences at the start but over all if you're a fan of the heroes journey with some pretty good twists a and fun but not childish plot I'd recommend it. By the end I'll fell in love with the characters and the the book ended really strong.

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Great Fantasy Book

I really, really enjoyed this book. Got completely sucked in. Also had to pause the playback now and again to yell at the main character. He's not very honest with himself about his motivations. But man, it really works well in the story! The only thing I would seriously complain about is that this book follows some old, bad practices and treats women as possessions. Quite literally, for the most part. But if you can stomach that, it's a great read.

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This is my favorite fantasy book out of them all. Had to listen to it after reading it long ago.

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by the end I couldn't stop listening! I have just re-discovered LWE but have enjoyed several of his books

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A Lovely Take on a Classic Revenge Story

Dragon Weather is clearly an homage to classic revenge stories. Taking great inspiration from the Count of Monte Cristo, Dragon Weather follows the story of Arlian as he pursues vengeance against the men who have wronged him and the very dragons themselves. Steeped in fantasy elements but centered on revenge, Watt-Evans does a terrific job detailing a world of lordly intrigue, honorable duels, and mysterious magic. As Arlian explores this enthralling world he discovers that people and their motivations are more complex than they may first seem.

A wonderful story is enhanced and vibrantly narrated by Saavedra whose performance brings a unique life to each character. Bringing passion, emotion, and nuance to a wide cast, Saavedra is able to emphasize each characters key scenes and allows each memorable moment to stand on its own. Truly a grand example of what an audiobook should be.