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Swords forged by dragon magic. Ancient rivalries flaring into all-out war. Dragon Riders caught up in a clash of hidden powers. A world hangs in the balance.

Dragon Blade, the final book in The War of the Blades, is the epic sequel to the story begun in Dragon Fate. Delno Okonan, his draconic bond-mate, Geneva, and their allies among the Dragons and Riders are once again caught up in events controlled by unseen forces. They must uncover the real secrets behind the death of a senior Dragon Rider and the sudden rise of the Roracks, ancient enemy of dragons and men, to defeat a threat that could destroy them all and leave the world they know forever altered.

©2012, 2013 Joseph Delno Hallowell (P)2016 Westhall Media

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  • Caro
  • Everywhere Georgia
  • 04-11-16

Like Books About Dragons???

If you like books with dragons as the main characters, then this is for you! Although the book uses pretty much the same formula that so many other books have been written by. This is still a good light read! The narrator gives a pretty good performance and his characters are well fleshed out. Reading this book will fill the need for action and adventure your teenage boy/ girl so craves. Even though you may be 80 + -!!!!!!! Happy Reading

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An excellent read

What did you love best about Dragon Blade?

The main character was competent and likable. Too many times in fantasy books have I seen that the main character needs to grow into the role he or she is thrust into. This main character is thrust into the role because he can actually pull it off and has the training and skill to fill it.

Which character – as performed by Brian J. Gill – was your favorite?

Brock. A gruff, grizzled old rider with a heart of gold.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every time affection was shown between dragon and rider, and the effect the bonding has on new riders.

Any additional comments?

It's so refreshing to read a fantasy book that has a war in it where the good guy isn't underpowered and outnumbered. The main character is a veteran from the army and a combat leader. It shows through the story as he organizes his fighting force, gains the alliances he needs with the help of Geneva, his dragon, and finally triumphs over the enemy who has done one of the things you are never supposed to do: underestimate your opponent.

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great !!! the voice is great as well!!

Only hard part to understand was in the huge battles when a lot of names are thrown around but other then that if I could give 10 stars I would

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I enjoyed the story...but,

Would you consider the audio edition of Dragon Blade to be better than the print version?

It always frustrates me when the author gives a character (i.e., shielding), but then fails to have the character utilize it. Bummer!

The reader tried to use voice variation to stand in for the different characters, however, when the dragons spoke he soften his voice so low that I couldn't understand what was being said. I would have to turn up the volume then immediately turn it back down when the character spoke...what a pain!

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Excellent

Great second book. Looking forward to the next book. Great characters, especially the dragons and nice story development

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  • mary
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 06-08-16

not as good as book 1

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There was little character growth and development. The main character encounters an obstacle. He over comes same. He seemed to loose the depth he had in book one. Then his family members and friends become dragon riders. The author gives a reason for this. The reason comes across as an after thought. Our main character lived his entire life in a country that was anti magic. Nothing said on how he continues to deal with this. Nothing is said as to how his countrymen deal with him. The apparent acceptance of him and dragons is stretched a bit far. The ruling body of his country encourage the general population to disbelieve in magic. Then the king is introduced as being magic tolerant. In fact the royal line is made to learn about magic. But nothing is said as to how it is done. There doesn't appear to be any special instructor. It looks like the royal family is dropped off in the library and told to learn it. No clear reason is given as to why magic is taught to the royal family through the generations. I had the impression that this book was more a series of short stories and ideas. The problem was that none were developed to conclusion.

Would you be willing to try another book from J.D. Hallowell? Why or why not?

I would try another book from J.D. Hallowell. The chance of it being a sequel to this series is very slim.

What about Brian J. Gill’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed Brian J Gill's performance of most of the characters. It was easy to visualize them.

Did Dragon Blade inspire you to do anything?

It did make me re listen to book one. I had to see again why I had made a note to keep a lookout for sequels. I discovered that I enjoyed book 1 a lot. That made book two more of a let down.

Any additional comments?

There where a few things hinted at in book one that weren't mentioned in book 2. A little better development of the world and characters should have been done.

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Disapointed in Audible!

What did you love best about Dragon Blade?

Good story. Kept me entertained

Any additional comments?

Starting to look for another book club that will have all books in a series. It is common for Audible to only have part of the books in a series available.
Good Book, poor book club!!!

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  • anthony
  • 07-30-16

Great audiobook

This was as good as the first book and I really enjoyed it. I wish there was going to be further books in this series. If you want a great dragon series then this is for you. The narration was good. Please give it a try you will have agood storey ahead of you.

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