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Dragon Blood (The Hurog Duology, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2002


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441010083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441010080
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sequel to Dragon Bones (2002) opens with Tisala, a young noblewoman, escaping from the secret torture chambers of the corrupt King Jakoven. Knowing that she will endanger anyone with whom she seeks refuge, she flies to a powerful friend, Ward of Hurog. She brings news that Jakoven intends to attack Ward's cousin, and Ward knows he must act. When the king's soldiers arrive at Hurog, Ward goes with them willingly, hoping to stave off an attack on his land and his cousin. His faithful mage, Oreg, who happens to be a dragon, follows at a distance, hoping to save Ward. To learn the power behind the mystical stone Farsonsbane, Jakoven, who has obtained it, has Ward tortured and discovers that Ward's blood activates the stone. When Ward escapes, Jakoven seeks a half-brother of Ward's to use his blood instead. Thereafter the stakes are raised dramatically when Ward and his friends rescue the king's imprisoned brother, Kellen, who intends to overthrow his evil sibling. A thrilling adventure for fantasy lovers. Kristine Huntley
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“A rare talent.”—Romantic Times
 
“It’s easy to like Patricia Brigg’s novels…Her books are clever, engaging [and] fast-moving.”—Romantic Science Fiction & Fantasy
 
“A natural born storyteller.”—Midwest Book Review

 

More About the Author

Patricia Briggs is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. She lives in Washington state with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

Customer Reviews

Once I read the first Dragon book I had to get the next IMMEDIATELY!
Grandma Geek
It was very good, it had a little romance, some action and it was written well I had an adventure reading this!!
Carrie Samantha Spencer
Patricia Briggs is a master storyteller who creates fanciful adult fairy tales that readers will love.
Harriet Klausner

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on March 30, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Dragon Blood, by Patricia Briggs, is the sequel to Dragon Bones. It's a much quieter novel than its predecessor, but with much more drastic implications for Ward and his people. I actually liked it a bit better than the first as well. When I was reading it, it seemed like it was moving a little too slow, but when I was finished, I felt a lot more satisfied. While quieter, it has a lot more meat to it.

This is a nice little novel, with none of the few problems that the previous book had. At 275 pages, it is a quick and easy read. Briggs fills this book with more examination of character and less fighting, with only one big fight toward the end of the book. This time, Ward must prove himself as a political leader and not just a warrior. Thus, the action quotient is very much lower. Briggs makes up for it, though, by telling an interesting story that doesn't need a lot of sword fights. She concentrates on characterization, making this a much stronger book.

The book is told in a partial first person from Ward's point of view, with other chapters from various other characters' points of view as well (told in third person). This really enhances the characterization, as we not only get Ward's thoughts on a lot of issues, but also some of the other characters' thoughts as well. This is most effective in the blossoming romance between Tisala and Ward. Ward is very attracted to her and wants to marry her, but she feels that she is too old for him and too much of a warrior and less of a homemaker. Briggs really handles this romance nicely, with both parties being tentative but not sinking down into the depths of cliche. It's very adult, and if Briggs writes another sequel, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for these characters.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 17, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The keep of Hurog was torn asunder by magic in order to save it. Now Ward, the lord of Hurog, is seeing to the task of rebuilding the land. His closest friend is Oreg, half dragon and half man, comfortable in either form. They are content to stay in the holding and not have anything further to do with the evil High King Jakoven or the intrigues of the court.
Unfortunately, Jakoven wants Hurog, a land steeped in magic and to get it he arrests Ward and throws him in the Asylum where the king's mages and torturers work on him. They hope to prove that Ward is unfit to rule but the lord has powerful allies who are able to stop the King's plan at the last minute. Free to go home, Ward knows he must join the rebellion and topple the High King from the throne before he can use the powerful magical artifact, the Bane, which can control dragons and destroy empires.
Patricia Briggs is a master storyteller who creates fanciful adult fairy tales that readers will love. DRAGON BLOOD has a charismatic hero who wins the hearts of the audience with his inner strength, compassion and good heart. The use of magical beings such as dragons, dwarves and other creatures of myth and legend don't distract from the believability of the plot. This reviewer hopes that some of the characters in this fantasy get a chance to have their story told.
Harriet Klausner
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Diane K. Kovacs on March 10, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I notice I tend to just not review books I don't enjoy. I now look for Patricia Briggs. She is an excellent story-teller. I have to say mind-candy but this is chocolate. I don't have any strong desire to re-read her books. But I do wish to see more of her characters. I read fantasy to relax/escape - I don't want things to be too realistic. These stories have real sensible people and events that are horrendous as well as fantastical but there is hope and triumph. I've started reading Game of Thrones four times now because friends say they like it but it is too dark and too depressing and the magic isn't... what is the point if no one ever triumphs if all the heroes are mired in despair? If I want death and despair I'll follow the news from Iraq (which I do anyway). I need heroes and heroines with sense and magic with logic and limits. I need lovely scenes to offset the horrendous - I want humour to offset the despair. Patricia Briggs delivers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on December 4, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Dragon Blood" is the sequel to "Dragon Bones" and I would certainly recommend that you don't read this one before you've read the book before it - I would be incredibly confused if I had done that!

Probably my most helpful comment about this book is that if you liked "Dragon Bones" you'll like this one - they are similar books in terms of subject matter (following the same characters) and cover similar topics (fighting, wizardry, magic).

Patricia Briggs is excellent at writing stories with depth. Politics plays a significant role here as well as the fantasy staples of battles, wizardry, confusion etc. There's a love story in this book which is well written, gentle and not at all cheesy. Ward of Hurog the main character is tortured and Briggs writes excellently how he feels following this experience - his shame and his fear that the memories will affect him when he comes up against these opponents in future.

If you've come to these books through "Moon Called" you'll find them very different but still with the mark of Briggs' excellent writing skills.
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