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Starred Review. In the distant future—year 1070 of the Dragon Age, to be exact—Earth has been commandeered by dragons, who subject their human inferiors to lives of misery and squalor, either as slaves or pets. Human Bant Bitterwood, consumed with thoughts of vengeance against the dragons he believes murdered his family, goes on a dragon-killing spree that makes him a folk hero among the oppressed human populace. When Bitterwood slays the dragons' crown prince, Bodiel, their king vows to exterminate humankind—the only way he can be certain of victory over Bitterwood. To that end, the king enlists his murderous brother Blasphiel to build a city that will serve as humanity's abattoir. Maxey's world is stunningly imaginative, a landscape both familiar and alien, and packed with thoughtful treats for readers. Skillfully examining themes of faith, martyrdom and heroism, Maxey maintains an unflagging believability even while borrowing some of the most generic elements from science fiction and fantasy. The dragons are wonderfully written, as is the tormented hero; it is almost a shame that the story is so self-contained, as many readers will pine for a whole series of Dragon Age titles. (July)
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James Maxey is winner of the Phobos Writing Contest and author of Nobody Gets The Girl. He has attended Orson Scott Card's Literary Boot Camp, and studied under Harlan Ellison. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC
I'll be honest and say I was skeptical at first with the prologue, but the overall story made it worth it in the end. Read morePublished 28 days ago by mavaldellon
Refreshing twist on the usual fantasy approach to dragons. Very imaginative. If you read this first novel, I'm sure you'll want to finish the series and will look forward to more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doris Wilson
Looking forward to the next book. Interesting take on the human/dragon relationship, Dragons being the dominant race. As with Humans, there are both evil and good Dragons. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lbj66
Great story, started slow and I first thought it was shallow, but then twists and turns entered, relationships developed, and I was excited to know what was going to happen next. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Craig Coleman