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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Master Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 1st edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451461185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461186
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Following his Dragonmaster Trilogy (Last Battle, etc.), Bunch continues the story of Hal Kailis in this first installment of his latest series, which entertainingly injects a medieval, authoritarian fantasy world with air warfare. Hal, at a young age already a veteran vagabond, graduates from the thrill of an impromptu ride aboard a dragon and employment with a small dragon-ride air circus, to conscription with an army that's enlivened by sorcery. Bunch lays out the customary lengthy war scenes, and when the army assembles large groups of dragons, Hal is ready to ride. Though he hails from a common family, he rises quickly through the ranks with his natural talents. The author successfully weaves early twentieth century-style warfare into this fantasy world-with the slightest leap of imagination, the reader associates these screeching, twisting dragons with the fighter planes of the first world war. As pilot, Hal lacks only the dangling flaps of a goggled helmet. In this endless war, dragons battle, riders fall and Hal becomes a flying ace. Military SF and fantasy fans will relish the action-packed plot and Hal's derring-do.
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A vast and intricate tapestry woven by a writer who knows both history and war. -- David Drake, author of the Lord of the Isles series --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I can hardly wait to read the other books in this series.
Jenny L. Friedrich
It almost feels like an outline that with a little more imagination and flair would have been a pretty fun read.
Paul E. Heroy
The first sentence of the book is an entire paragraph with something like 20 commas in it.
T. Dotson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny L. Friedrich on August 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This should be the book you take to the beach or read for pure entertainment. Better than some stupid inane romance novel. I was given this book to read while recovering from extensive surgury. Thank God because even though I am a chick, I love a good battle. I can hardly wait to read the other books in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul E. Heroy on April 23, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'd read some of Bunch's work before - mainly, his trilogy Seer King / Demon King / Warrior King - and it was pretty good, so I expected this to be at least on a similar level. Unfortunately, it's not. Maybe if you have only read children's books before taking this on, it would be a good read, but if you've read very much quality fantasy at all, this is a very trite read. As others have noted, characterization is thin, and the prose is competent but very pedestrian. It almost feels like an outline that with a little more imagination and flair would have been a pretty fun read. I actually didn't even expect this to be anything but a light and fun read going in, but it's not even that - it's just limp, and I had to force myself to finish. It's easy reading though, so at least it went fairly quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
On his way home Hal Kailas saw the lord's son Nanpean torture a baby dragon; he punches the boy and takes the kit back to his mother. Hal's family is in danger of losing their tavern for Hal's actions so he leaves the village of Caerly in the Kingdom of Deraine. He becomes a vagabond, wandering from job to the job, never finding anything that interested him until he becomes the goferr for a traveling troupe that sells dragon rides.

Hal knows he wants to do something with dragons on his own. However, the Queen of Roche uses a land dispute to go to war with Deraine and Sagene. Hal t is conscripted and rises to the occasion to become a leader of men. When his troops are massacred, Hal enlists to be trained to fight on dragons in a new unit. His exploits and daring earn him the hearts and admiration of the populace but the war costs him that what he treasures most. When he is injured, instead of mustering out like the king expects him to, Hal volunteers to lead a new dragon unit as their Dragonmaster.

This book is filled with plenty of action and will appeal to readers who love military fantasy. The use of dragons and magicians to aid in the war effort is so much a part of the storyline that readers will find themselves believing that such things are really possible in wartime. As the hero matures, he and the audience observe the toll of war as humans and dragons die at an alarming rate. Chris Bunch is a talented storyteller who entertains his audience with a fantastic sword and sorcery epic.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Dotson on June 18, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm pretty tolerant of mediocre books and usually enjoy anything featuring dragons, but this one was pretty awful. The author does a very poor job of making you care about what happens to the characters, the writing style is boring, and my god, I've never seen so many run-on, comma-filled sentences in my life. The first sentence of the book is an entire paragraph with something like 20 commas in it. Ridiculous. If you want a GOOD series of books with dragons being employed as weapons of war I suggest the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik.

As for this, skip it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dcooley99 on September 19, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
Some may say this book sucks or is mediocre but people are entilted to their opinions. I found this book a fun light read. Sure it may not have been presented to the best of its abilities but it was a wonderful story never the less
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rantings Of a Girl on August 1, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well, what to say...I didn't last long with this book...put it down after page 30.
I was expected to be transported into another world, to be introduced to an amazing character/s, and to travel with those characters through their trials and tribulations.. Not this book.
If you're into fantasy, Robert Jordan, Lorna Freeman, and David Drake (so far) are much better...
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