Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Skywatcher (Dragon Wine 2) by Donna Maree Hanson | Science Fantasy Book Review


This tale builds and grows. Dragons prowl the skies. An unexpected romance develops. A heart is destroyed. Meanwhile the shattered moon keeps bombarding this world with fiery fragments and the only people who can save them all, are now under siege.



Skywatcher (Dragon Wine 2) by Donna Maree Hanson

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| Author: Donna Maree Hanson
| Genre: Science Fantasy / Epic Fantasy
| Content: Magic, Extreme Violence, Dragons
| ASIN: B00N4C9A66
| Available in book form only as a POD
| Publisher: Momentum (October 9, 2014)
| Print Length: 250 pages
| Parent Company: Pan Macmillan Australia
| Cover Design: Matt O'Keefe
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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There is more to fear from the sky than dragons.

Violence and devastation spreads through Margra as the Inspector’s influence grows throughout the once peaceful lands. But Salinda, one of the Inspector’s most important weapons, has escaped. After being rescued by Nils, the last of his race, she is brought to the wondrous subterranean city of Barrahiem. With Nils’ vast store of knowledge and access to pre-Shatterwing technology, Salinda sees a way to defeat the Inspector, but only if she can convince him that humankind is worth saving.

Above ground, Brill and rebel leader, Danton, march for the observatory of Trithorn Peak, the only city yet to fall to the Inspector’s forces. With them are one of Trithorn’s Skywatchers, and a mysterious young woman whose eyes reflect a power not unlike Salinda’s. This misfit crew must work with Trithorn’s remaining Skywatchers to prepare for a desperate battle, not only for the observatory but for the future of Margra. For it is not only the Inspector that threatens their precious lands, and the Skywatchers are the only ones that can save them from the final moonfall.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Shatterwing (Dragon Wine 1) by Donna Maree Hanson | Science Fantasy Book Review


A moon shatters and a world is plunged into chaos as falling chunks of the moon destroy entire cities. Dragons appear. From where noone knows, but they are linked somehow to mankind's survival. Meanwhile a young vintner/prisoner/slave may hold the key to the planet's salvation -- but only if she learns how to use her powers in time.


Science Fantasy Review of Shatterwing (Dragon Wine 1) by Donna Maree Hanson

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| Author: Donna Maree Hanson
| Genre: Science Fantasy / Epic Fantasy
| Content: Magic, Extreme Violence, Dragons
| ASIN: B00LMWYGW8
| Available in book form only as a POD
| Publisher: Momentum (September 11, 2014)
| Print Length: 231 pages
| Parent Company: Pan Macmillan Australia
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Dragon wine could save them. Or bring about their destruction.

Since the moon shattered, the once peaceful and plentiful world has become a desolate wasteland. Factions fight for ownership of the remaining resources as pieces of the broken moon rain down, bringing chaos, destruction and death.

The most precious of these resources is dragon wine – a life-giving drink made from the essence of dragons. But the making of the wine is perilous and so is undertaken by prisoners. Perhaps even more dangerous than the wine production is the Inspector, the sadistic ruler of the prison vineyard who plans to use the precious drink to rule the world.

There are only two people that stand in his way. Brill, a young royal rebel who seeks to bring about revolution, and Salinda, the prison's best vintner and possessor of a powerful and ancient gift that she is only beginning to understand. To stop the Inspector, Salinda must learn to harness her power so that she and Brill can escape, and stop the dragon wine from falling into the wrong hands.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy Series Summary

Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy Series Summary
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Dragon Jousters is a unique series set against a backdrop of dark magic, war and slavery. Crafted with strong Egyptian influences, it is also a world where dragons fly the skies and man enslaves them. That is until a lone Jouster discovers that there is a better way....

Monday, November 3, 2014

Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review

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For the first time ever, national best-selling legend Mercedes Lackey draws from her extensive knowledge of animals-and her professional background as an avian expert-to create something truly special...

The most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.

It is a richly conceived, fully realized vision, inspired by the culture of ancient Egypt, the legends of Atlantis-and the science of animal behavior and biology. This is how dragons would live, breed, hatch, hunt, and bond.

The first book in this thrilling new series introduces readers to a young slave who dreams of becoming a Jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon. And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon.

ALA Notable Book

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Joust (The Dragon Jousters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756401534
| ISBN-13: 9780756401535
| Publisher: DAW (March 2, 2004)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Dragon Jousters is a must read for every dragon fan. It has everything. Dragons, dragonriders, coming of age, sympathetic characters, interesting worldbuilding, friendship and hope. This is the type of fantasy that, as a teen, made me fall head over heels in love with the genre.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Alta (Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy | Book Review



National best-selling fantasy legend Mercedes Lackey created a vivid, dynamic fusion of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of ancient Egypt with the most exciting, authentic and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined. In the second novel in Mercedes Lackey's richly-conceived Dragon Jousters series, the dragonrider Vetch escapes to Alta, the subjugated land of his birth. There, he hopes to teach his people to raise and train dragons-and build an army that will liberate his homeland.

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Alta (The Dragon Jousters #2) by Mercedes Lackey

| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756402573
| ISBN-13: 9780756402570
| Publisher: DAW (March 1, 2005)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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The story of Vetch has now become the story of Kiron, Son of Kiron. No longer is he Vetch the serf or even Vetch the dragon boy. To be accepted by the people of his birth he must go through a rebirth of self. He must become Kiron the Jouster not just outwardly, but inwardly as well. And this is not as easy as it might sound.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters 3) by Mercedes Lackey: Epic Fantasy Book Review

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Third in the Swashbuckling Fantasy Series

The dragon-boy once known as Vetch has returned to his homeland of Alta to reclaim his birthright, only to discover that Alta is under the thrall of evil Priest-Kings. Gathering troops of dragon riders by his side, Vetch raises an army in the sanctuary of the desert to rid his land of both war and magical domination once and for all.

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Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters #3) by Mercedes Lackey | Epic Fantasy
| Author: Mercedes Lackey
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Coming of Age, Magic, War
| ISBN-10: 0756403413
| ISBN-13: 9780756403416
| Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (May 2, 2006)
| Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
| Cover Artist: Jody A. Lee
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3/5 Stars
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Sanctuary (Dragon Jousters, #3)


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Sanctuary. A place of refuge and safety for both dragons and riders. But soon it will become much more. It will become a new home to former residents of both countries, Alta and Tia, as they flee an evil which feeds on death.

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