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BuzzFeed Greatest Fantasy Book of the Year author

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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Great Book about a pissed off dragon.

Wish there was more POV of the Dragon. Great story. Story telling was wonderful! Highly recommended.

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Show, don’t tell

I love Simon Vance’ narration. I see his name associated with a story and I’ll nearly always give it a try. Sadly, this book did him no favors.

I have done a fair bit of writing and a major tenant in the craft is to “show, don’t tell”, I don’t think Mr. Hamilton knows that, or he just doesn’t understand how important it is in writing something marginally good.

Honestly, the massive info dumps make it unreadable, and the narration boring. The whole plot moves forward by information not by actions or conversations.

It’s second issue are boring POV’s. I found it hard to believe that with a good premise the author couldn’t present this in a more interesting and concise way. It was a drudge getting to chapter 14, but I pressed because I truly hate giving up on a story. But I have laundry that is more interesting than this.

I’m getting my credit back then I’m going to wonder how many of Mr. Hamilton’s friends and families gave this book so many rave reviews. I don’t understand why any writer would want someone to lie to them about the weak points in their writing. The truth may be brutal but if it improves your writing, soak it up!

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While the narration was good, I had to force myself to finish. I try to finish almost every book I've purchased, so I did. I Had to listen again, because I couldn't remember any of the story. I now know why. Not memorable.Unfortunately I already purchased the sequel. I hope it will be better.

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A glass of wster

I can’t figure out the world that this story is trying to build. There are kings, dragons but the also mention Austria and “glass of water”. The author mentions a “wicked”scar, which strikes me as a poor choice of words. Like so much of this book, you can’t get a grip on the sense of time and place. I’m going to stop reading/listening before I just get annoyed.

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I didn't expect to love it this much

I HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone into fantasy or dragons. I usually don't enjoy books where the dragon is the bad guy, but honestly, Hamilton pulls it of PHENOMENALLY. He allows the reader to understand WHY the dragon is burning villages and killing people; he gives him character, and I love that. In addition, every character is well formulated and has a detailed backstory that allows you to understand them in a deeper way. I went out of my comfort zone a little for this one, and I made a great choice. This book is VERY well written. The only reason I have performance four stars is because some names were hard to understand, especially at first, and I didn't enjoy the voice he used when reading dialogue the main villain. However, he did a great job at making sure you knew who was talking and when and was consistent with recognizable voices for each character.

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A Good listen, with a dragon, and some magic.

It has some undertones about the main character's flaws. He has let himself go and drinks to much, but he manages to beat his demons in the end. A little predictable, but I am looking forward to the 2nd book in the series.

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Authors take note

Write from the POV of the dragon or the enemy (see Rodorf in the Wolfric series)... this is the only way to write. Too much SF is written from good guy POV see just about anything read by RC Bray and that’s garbage even if the character is flawed. 5/5 to everything Duncan Hamilton

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This was a book

It was OK. Maybe a little YA so not my typical preference. Narration was excellent.

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Not sure why? So so

So I should preface that I am writing a series of reviews to reduce the unfinished books in my collection.

This book is well written but it just didn’t hold my attention. I may go back and give it another try , but after several starts/stops I am giving up here.

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another great book

Duncan M. Hamilton never fails to enthrall me and Simon Vance as always a great performance looking forward to the next two books

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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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  • 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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  • Todd Nolan
  • 10-06-19

FANTASTIC!

This was amazing.
A book rich is its characters and story.
I will read it again.

I will eagerly await its sequel like a child does Christmas.

I can not recommned this enough.
From the Narrator to the Story I have been gripped from start to finish!

Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-20

Great first book in series

I enjoyed this story very much. Excellent character & plot development. I’m going to start on book two, straight away.

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  • lee moore
  • 03-11-20

I love this book.

I've been struggling to find a good book recently and I've returned a few so decided to try looking at books from narrator's I know I really enjoy and discovered this little beauty narrated by Simon Vance. I love books about dragons and all 3 books have the most amazing cover artwork and excellent reviews so made sense to give it a go. and I loved it. I've already downloaded books 2 and 3 for seamless listening of entire trilogy. will definitely be buying more books by Duncan M. Hamilton.

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  • Andrew
  • 07-29-19

Brilliant Story in true Hamilton Fashion

Having listened to other stories by Duncan I was keen to see if the quality would continue. Certainly not disappointed- that said it felt at times that the stitching together of audio had been quite hastily done and removed the natural flow of speech when reading.

Despite this, I’m very happy with the purchase and would recommend as a starter for what could be a great series.

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  • J Smith
  • 07-19-19

Need the next one.

Loved this from the start. It’s books like this that make me regret giving others 5 stars at it outclasses so many of them.
Amazing story, fantastically narrated and left me pining for more.
Only negative is that the rest of the Trilogy isn’t yet released. :(

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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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-21

Great story

I really enjoyed this . A solid beginning to a series. Simon Vance yet again is flawless .

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  • Esther Dittmar
  • 07-25-20

Really enjoyed it!

Simon Vance is the best narrator. I first heard him on the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks and he helped turn those books into some of my favourite fantasy novels. I don't know if it this book itself is great or if Simon's skill just brings it to life and brings out the humour, but I recommend it particularly if you like your novels with a bit of wry humour.
While it wasn't anything ground-breaking , it was a thoroughly entertaining story with entertaining characters and I'm looking forward to listening to the next one.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 03-25-20

loved it!

awesome! fun and funny and entertaining. can't wait to read the rest of the series