Spine of the Dragon

Wake the Dragon, Book 1
Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
Series: Wake the Dragon, Book 1
Length: 25 hrs and 12 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson triumphantly returns to epic fantasy with the Wake the Dragon series. Spine of the Dragon is a politically charged adventure of swords, sorcery, vengeance, and the rise of sleeping giants. 

Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, are divided by past bloodshed. When an outside threat arises - the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the world - the two warring nations must somehow set aside generational hatreds and form an alliance to fight their true enemy.

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An adventure in a sprawling fantasy world begins!

I remember visiting a book store years ago and finding Hidden Empire, the first book of The Saga of Seven Suns, by chance, probably because Anderson is near the beginning of the alphabet. I recognized the Kevin J. Anderson as the author of several Star Wars books I had read previously and decided to give it a shot. And so I was sucked into a sprawling sci-fi epic that eventually spanned ten books, a graphic novel, and more. Spine of the Dragon is like that, but set in a sprawling fantasy world instead. Think of an epic scale along the lines of The Lord of the Rings or A Song of Ice and Fire. Anderson takes you around the world he has created, visiting different kingdoms on different continents, meeting rulers, warriors, orphans, scholars, and mysterious civilizations long thought dead. Over the course of the hundred-plus chapters you'll find a little bit of everything. Each chapter moves to the perspective of a different character, allowing you to see all of the events taking place in the world from different perspectives. There will be love and hate, sorrow and anger, incest and intrigue, politics and battles - something for everyone to be sure. If there's any criticism to be found, it's that the ending is quite the cliffhanger. Of course Anderson is already working on the sequel, and based on his track record with his two sci-fi sagas, we should only have to wait a year or so before the next book arrives. (I'm trying really hard to not make a comparison to a certain other series that I mentioned earlier.) I thoroughly enjoyed the start to this new trilogy, and look forward to seeing what sort of adventure we're in for in the coming books. I heartily recommend it to any fan of fantasy and epic storytelling!

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Much much better than his Sci Fi

I read both iterations of his Sci fi cycles, and I can't deny they had merit. That said, I only read those because of his great Star Wars novels. In any case, he uses the same POV trope of his Eldar (pardon if I forget the fire/ice/tree space opera name, and sans Google, I'll give it Eldar because I remember it as such) novels, but the actual characters and story is so much better, gripping, and worth going though. I was just as annoyed going from character to character, but in this case, it's because I actually cared about them. Worth the credit? Absolutely, no question asked. Not sure id purchase it, but I only use credits.

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A wonderful new world from Kevin J. Anderson

Great story, lots of intrigue, amazing world concept. It is interesting to see humans as a secondary race rising to prominence. Thanks Mr. Anderson.

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The beginnings of a new saga

This is a great beginning of a potentially great saga. Many story threads. It has no resolution at the end making it a book that I will wait with bated breath for the next chapter of the story. Reminds me a lot of the Saga of the Seven Suns.

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Good story, poor performance.

I have enjoyed reading Kevin J Anderson’s other works, but this is one rare time that I purchased the audible version without the kindle book to go with it. Mistake. I hate to say it, but the audio book sounds as though it is being read to a children.

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great start to a new series.

The book was easy to listen to and the world creation with humans and imortals and magic was superb. Anderson does it again dragging you in and leaving you to struggle in the wait for more.

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Evil Wins Because Good Is Dumb

It hardly counts as a spoiler. You see it coming from a mile away. It's so painfully obvious that the big disappointment is the massive case of plot induced blindness going around. If your personal elite guards are incapable of stopping a malnourished orphan girl from entering a secured building, and you make no efforts to correct this problem, you deserve to be assassinated. If you're so oblivious to the goings on in your kingdom that several of your lords can conspire with your personal bodyguard to continuously and actively thwart your foreign policy while commit crimes against humanity...you don't deserve to rule. I get that it's "Book 1" but an entire book of waiting for people to get killed by their obviously murderous political rivals or mad obsessed traitorous bodyguards is a bit much. I can only wonder "why haven't you killed him" so often. Seriously, one of these guys should have been executed in his second scene for high treason, but we get treated to watching him build up an assassin force for a whole book, while presumably the elite guards are painting their nails, to the point that he can decide without much notice to off the monarch. She deserves to be dead. Don't know if she is. I gave up when cute orphan girl responded to the assassination before the captain of the guard.

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Multiple factions jockey for control of the world.

Anderson wraps another complex universe of magic with political intrigue and a sprinkle of plain old human greed and apathy. Will humanity choose the way of least resistance against a powerful enemy or will the kings unite? Find out in his first book of this sure to be epic series.

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This was a tough listen.

It was hard for me to get through this book. Next to nothing happens until the last 3 maybe 4 hours. Be prepared for a VERY slow burn.

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Excellent

loved this book. In a lot of ways, it reminded me of the criminally-underrated Winds of the Forelands by David B. Coe (read that after you read this one). There are kings and ancient races, politics and betrayal, bloodshed and magic. You know, the good stuff. There are a lot of characters, so there was a bit to keep track of at first. But once I got to know them better, I was fully invested in all of them. And they are just so convincingly written, too, especially the bad guys, and the people who aren't all bad but do bad things. It was really easy to see why they did the things they did, even though they were reprehensible and short-sighted. One thing I've noticed in this book and Anderson's other fantasy series I read, Terra Incognita, is that he is a master of theme. Many authors don't bother with it, while others come off as didactic and their themes contrived, shoehorned in to make a point. Not so with this book. Anderson *shows* us his themes in a way that springs naturally from the plot and the actions that his characters take. In a way, their fruition seems inevitable, but never predictable. Regarding the narrator's performance, at first he seemed to go overboard in intensity when it wasn't warranted, but after a while, I got used to it and actually started to enjoy it. He does the different characters really well so it was always clear who was saying what. Overall, if you're looking for a deep, sometimes violent fantasy novel filled with clashing cultures and ideas that you can get lost in, you should pick up this one.

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  • S. Taylor
  • 08-09-19

Unbelievably bad narration

The story seems kind of dense and twisty, but I've no idea if it's any good due to THE WORST narration I've ever heard. Every character has an accent that is 50% generic, borderline offensive Middle-Eastern and 50% randomly chosen Welsh, Irish, Australian, Jamaican, all mangled beyond any saving. A credit totally wasted.

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  • Kasper Schnedler
  • 07-06-19

Amazing

The story was greate and the build up face could not have been done better. The parallels of the continents and their characters is mind blowing.