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Dragonslayer

The Dragonslayer, Book 1
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Dragonslayer, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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In his magnificent, heroic adventure fantasy, Dragonslayer, Duncan M. Hamilton debuts the first audiobook in a fast-moving trilogy: a dangerous tale of lost magics, unlikely heroes, and reawakened dragons. 

Once a member of the king's personal guard, Guillot dal Villevauvais spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s astonished - and wary - when the Prince Bishop orders him to find and destroy a dragon. He and the Prince Bishop have never exactly been friends, and Gill left the capital in disgrace five years ago. So why him? And, more importantly, how is there a dragon to fight when the beasts were hunted to extinction centuries ago by the ancient Chevaliers of the Silver Circle?  

On the way to the capitol city, Gill rescues Solène, a young barmaid, who is about to be burned as a witch. He believes her innocent...but she soon proves that she has plenty of raw, untrained power, a problem in this land, where magic is forbidden. Yet the Prince Bishop believes magic will be the key to both destroying the dragon and replacing the young, untried king he pretends to serve with a more pliable figurehead.   

Between Gill’s rusty swordsmanship and Solene’s unstable magic, what could go wrong?  

The Dragonslayer Trilogy: 

  1. Dragonslayer 
  2. Knight of the Silver Circle
©2019 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Another awesome adventure

Thanks again to Mr. Hamilton and Mr. Vance. You two really make these stories a land to get lost in for me on so many levels. I'm looking forward to book two and can't wait to see what happens next.

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another home run

an amazing story that pulled me in right from the start. I will have to listen to this book again.

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Awesome!

Not typical dragon story. Rich characters. Set in the world of his previous books, which are also very good

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Good Book

I think it's a good book but I think a lot of things could've been developed more and worked into the story a lot better, but overall it was good. I like the story and see more coming from it the storyline. I am looking forward to book 2 in this series and I hope it gets better.

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  • MOLLYO
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 07-03-19

wow! great story!

WOW! What a fun read (listen)! Great story! Great characters, and Simon Vance. Enough said.

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  • Simon
  • 07-06-19

Here Be Dragons!

Dragonslayer kicks off a new fantasy trilogy from Duncan M Hamilton and it does it in his usual style. It's a well-paced story that immediately engages as we see the perspective of the dragon as well as those of Guillot and Solène. This gives it a nice symmetry and colours the moral dilemmas that the book introduces.

I do think it's fair to say that those who like a lot of detailed world-building or detailed magic system design are unlikely to be satisfied with this. It's all about the plot, the story and the characters which makes it fairly light on the old grey matter and easy to speed through at a rate of knots quite comfortably. I personally like a broad variety of styles, maybe that means I am easily pleased, but every so often I like to be told a good old-fashioned story and this is what Hamilton does. It stays fresh and I liked Guillot's down to earth nobility in particular.

I think this is the talent of an author like Hamilton. He's hooked me in with simplicity, never letting detail distract from his storyline but including what is necessary. This opener does what a good start to a series should do, it tells its own story and sets us up nicely at the end for more to come. Add to that the undoubted vocal talents of Simon Vance and you have a very enjoyable production; I will definitely be following this trilogy going forwards.

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  • 07-07-19

Fun romp

Decent if mostly predictable novel. I was hoping the political angle would deepen, and some of the characters felt a bit one dimensional. Voice acting was not bad, there was a bit of a "stock military man" voice that got reused and confused me if I wasn't keeping track. But that's just me being picky - it was a fun listen and I'll look out for the next in the series.

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  • Shamann
  • 07-07-19

Great story

This is a fantasy adventure with hero, heroine, villain and dragon. A once famous hero, now in decline and hopefully going to redeem himself! A villain you can hate and an embittered dragon for whom one can have some sympathy. Wonderfully narrated as always by Mr. Vance. Beautifully set up for the next volume, which is in the near future thankfully. Well worth the time to listen.

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  • Pete
  • 07-12-19

Dragons!

A great book read by an amazing narrator who really brings the story to life. I'm looking forward to the next instalment

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  • Len
  • 07-10-19

Dragons never fail..

.. To entertain!. Good book. Great characters. Not the most original taking different ideas from well worn tropes, but well written and fun. Simon Vance, as always, is fantastic.