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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Age
  • Mass Market Paperback: 555 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165810
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,909,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Maxey lives in Chapel Hill, NC. After graduating from the Odyssey Fantasy Writers' Workshop and Orson Scott Card's Writer's Boot Camp, James broke into the publishing world in 2002 when he won a Phobos Award for his short story, Empire of Dreams and Miracles. Phobos Books later published James' debut novel, the cult-classic superhero tale Nobody Gets the Girl. His short stories have since appeared in Asimov's and numerous anthologies.

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So you don't need to wait for the next one before reading this.
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The character development is exceptional, bringing back most of the characters but concentrating on the most important.
SciFiChick
Excellent writing, compelling story line, memorable characters!
William Mitchell

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jcat on May 29, 2014
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Again, like the first book, I'd put it at almost 3-1/2 Stars. It was a decent read, but it didn't quite get there for me.

This series seems to have a lot of potential, and I really like the blend of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The action scenes are good--there was one about 3/4 of the way through that was exceptional. The twists and turns continually surprise, and the world building in this book was better, as it explained more prior historical background.

BUT...it really is a little dark for my taste--because darn it, the author keeps killing off some of my favorite characters. Just when I'm starting to like them. I'm not sure at this point if I'm invested enough to continue the series.
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By lorraine reichert on July 12, 2014
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Kept my interest and I am ready to read more, much more of this story-line.
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Three different adventures within this overall story. One involves taking on the false goddess in her domain, while another is the invasion by the Murder God and his cult of followers. Then there's the battle between the humans and the dragons. A very enjoyable book to read!
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By William Mitchell on December 14, 2014
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Excellent writing, compelling story line, memorable characters! I'm hooked!! An excellent author who knows how to draw you in and keep the shifts coming and to keep your interest.
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By Jeanette Palecki on November 8, 2014
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I enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't the kind of read where you couldn't put it down. Was nice to curl up with on a chilly rainy day
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on June 16, 2008
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With Shandrazel now dead, his son has become king and is determined to bring about the end of kings and establish a commonwealth. But not all of the dragons and humans agree with his method of peace. Hatred and vengeance runs deep. And when the villainous Blasphet escapes from prison, he contributes to the dissention and chaos in the land.

I thought I loved Bitterwood, but Dragonforge is even more fantastic. The character development is exceptional, bringing back most of the characters but concentrating on the most important. Maxey has improved the story flow in the midst of jumping from character to character, making for easier reading and less confusion.

I can't think of another book that contains so many outstanding and complex characters: Jandra is a human, apprenticed by a dragon, and now controls more technology than she understands. Her family was killed by the very dragon that raised her. And she relates more to the dragons than to her fellow humans. Bitterwood became a legendary dragon slayer when his family and home were wiped out, and his whole goal in life became revenge fueled by hatred. Graxen is a sky dragon who is now a messenger for the new king. When he meets a kind female of his race, Graxen begins to form forbidden feelings which leads to danger and deceit. Hex is the brother of the new king, who has returned from his ended exile. From his years of isolation, he has formulated his own ideas about peace and freedom. Hex has become a philosopher with high ideals. He begins to form a strong friendship with Jandra on their quest to find Bitterwood and his young charge.

The story of Dragonforge involves battles, freedom, intrigue, religious zealots, and a forgotten age of history.
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By Kat Philipp on February 25, 2015
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I am so glad I found this set of books I can not wait for the next book I know it will be as great if not better
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By Charles Boyle on December 20, 2014
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I'm off to start book #3. Book one was free and so good I bought the rest.
Good mix of SF and Fantasy
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More About the Author

My mother always said if I kept reading all those comic books and science fiction novels, they'd warp my brain. She was right! Now I'm an adult who can't stop daydreaming. While other grown ups sit around and think, about, I dunno, mortgages or something, I'm likely to be internally debating who'd win in a fight between Superman and Smaug, or thinking about the possibility that the rabbit holes in Wonderland might let one travel to Oz. My work is known for fast paced action and humor, with each story built around a large moral question.

I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl. I'm a graduate of Orson Scott Card's Writing Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop. In 2015, I was awarded the title of Piedmont Laureate.

My works to date are:

NEW IN 2014! BAD WIZARD! A grown up Dorothy Gale pursues the villainous Wizard across a magical landscape to keep him from conquering the Emerald City once more. It's zeppelins and lightning guns in the Land of Oz!

Superhero novels:
Nobody Gets the Girl (2003): A tale on an invisible man and the women who dig him.
Burn Baby Burn (2011): A love story about two supervillians on a crime spree.
Coming Soon: Cut-Up Girl!: A young girl with the power to create duplicates of herself by cutting off body parts gets swept up into a war between the Lawful Legion (the only superhero team authorized by the government) and Red Line, a team of super-powered vigilantes fighting to save a world that fears them.

My Dragon Age novels:
Bitterwood (2007): In a world where dragons rule over men, the mysterious hunter Bitterwood wages war against the beasts from the shadows.
Dragonforge (2008): When all out war breaks out between dragons and men, the human forces stage a daring attack on the heart of the dragons' military might--the fortress town of Dragon Forge.
Dragonseed (2009): As war takes its toll on both mankind and the dragons, disease and famine threaten to sweep the land. Does salvation lie in the talons of dragon claiming mystical healing powers, who feeds his followers the miraculous dragonseed?
Dawn of Dragons (2013): A prequel to Bitterwood, set 1000 years before the first book, telling the story of Morningstar, the first dragon, as he escapes his creators and makes his way through a world falling apart in the aftermath of the rise of Atlantis.
The Complete Bitterwood. An ebook collection that collects the three core Dragon Age novels, plus Dawn of Dragons, plus the bonus short story "Tornado of Sparks/"

My Dragon Apocalypse novels:
A more lighthearted take on fantasy than my Dragon Age novels, the Dragon Apocalypse novels blend my love of epic fantasy and my love of superheroes. In each book, superpowered adventurers pit themselves against the primal dragons, elemental beings who are manifestations of aspects of nature.
Greatshadow (2012): Twelve superpowered adventurers band together to slay Greatshadow, the primal dragon of fire. But, before they fight the beast, can they first survive each other?
Hush (2012): When the warrior woman known as Infidel journeys to the frozen north in order to fulfil a promise made to a dying friend, she winds up swept into a plot by Hush, the primal dragon of cold, who plans to murder the sun and plunge the world into permanent winter.
Witchbreaker (2012): Centuries ago, the knight known as the Witchbreaker nearly wiped out the cult of witches. Now, a young witch named Sorrow seeks to launch a new golden age of witchcraft by seeking out the legendary queen of witches, Avaris. She's joined on her quest by an amnesiatic warrior who seems to have come from a different time. Could her new closest ally secretly be the long lost Witchbreaker?
Coming in 2015: At long last, the final Dragon Apocalypse novel! Tentatively titled Soulless, Infidel and Stagger must reunite to save their daughter, Wylde. Conceived in the spirit world, Wylde possesses the power to slip between the realms of the living and the dead. When Wylde is told by a hellbound spirit of living men who have wound up trapped in hell, she leads a party gathered by the Church of the Book to rescue the trapped innocents. But one member of her party has a hidden agenda, and seeks the destruction of all reality, that it might be rewritten in accordance with Divine Truth. When the primal dragons unite to destroy mankind to save themselves. Will Stagger and Sorrow rescue their daughter from hell only to return to a world scoured of humanity?

Short story collections:
There is No Wheel (2011): Ten critically acclaimed short stories collected from the pages of Asimov's, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and various anthologies. Dark, weird, funny, and truthful.