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Praise for Robert Asprin's Dragons series:

“Asprin tackles a new kind of comic fantasy…featuring a likable rake and plenty of action and quirky humor.”—Library Journal

“Colorful.”—Publishers Weekly

“Joyous fantasy with continuous action and a creative cast of characters.”—SFRevu

“A fun fantasy frolic.”—Midwest Book Review

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Asprin was the New York Times bestselling author of the Myth series, as well as the Phule's Company series. Jody Lynn Nye is an established science fiction and fantasy author and collaborated on the last five Myth books. She lives in Barrington, Illinois.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Series
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Trade (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058M6BOY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third book of this series.
William Pike
A must-read for Asprin fans and for people who enjoy stories set in New Orleans.
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Ebooks should SAVE money, not cost twice as much!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shazam on May 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
The third book in Robert Aspirin's Dragon series. It was completed by regular collaborator Jody Lynn Nye. Ms Nye worked with Mr. Aspirin on a number of his MYTH series books so is familiar with the author's style.

The Dragon series was a wonderful return to Mr. Aspirin's writing style. There were many elements it shared with the early Myth books in fact. The inexperienced and often in over his head protagonist who attracts a bevy of highly capable compatriots while somehow ending up in a position of leadership. In this case, he has more talent of his own but its still a familiar theme for fans of Mr. Aspirin's early works.

In recent decades, most of Mr. Aspirin's works had been co-written with, many people would say primarily written by, other authors. This was due possibly to financial issues, but also to a very long and noted writers block. What made the first two books so wonderful is they were written by Mr. Aspirin alone, the first such books in many years.

The third book was released after his death. Its unclear how much of the book was completed prior to his death, but there are numerous ways the third book fails to follow the first two. First, the characterizations of some of the characters of the book aren't consistent with the earlier two books. In one case, his assistant Jerome, is said to only now be forgiving having been passed over for leadership by the protagonist. In the first two books there was never such tension, in fact Jerome was core to recruiting the protagonist and was clear he was excited to throw in his lot and ride his coat tails given perceived future opportunities.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on July 20, 2011
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The third Dragon book is in my opinion the weakest of the three. The first two Asprin wrote alone, but his death 2 1/2 years before publication of this installment led to a co-writer in Ms. Nye, who he has worked with before on his MYTH series. Perhaps she was brought in on an unfinished manuscript. If so, she had a tough assignment.

Griffin Mc Candles is still running a small gambling operation in New Orleans, predominantly Texas Hold 'em, though in an instance or two it seemed the game ran slightly different from standard, especially with "turn and burn" cards. Knowing the game at least somewhat would help, as this book places the players at the tables far more often than the first books, especially Griffin.

Most of the book, especially the early part, runs well enough, though it does not seem to be coming to a point very fast, then it almost all collapses in - except in one major point, leading to hints there will have to be at least one more volume. It lost the flow, leading to the loss of a star and a half from a 4 star. Also, some inconsistency (Gris-Gris' uncle either changed names, or he has 2 uncles waiting tables at the same restaurant, the one we always saw, and this one) and some remarks about Homeland Security and their fictional agents in this book seem to be a writer's personal opinions thrust needlessly into the novel, lessening it.

My advice would be to see if a fourth volume emerges. If it does, and it is well reviewed, I would say buy both books, as plotlines DO continue and evolve in this book, but if not, I would skip this one. None of the major lines conclude here.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Obtaining his business degree, Griffen McCandles accompanied by his sister Val preferred to not choose sides in the magical war. Instead the near purebreds fled from his Uncle Mal for New Orleans (see Dragons Wild) where he felt his Dragons Luck should prove lucrative. He quickly became owner of a gambling operation and a leader of the local dragon society.

In fact he has moved up so fast that the Krewe of Fafnir-dragon society selects him to serve as the king of the Mardi Gras parade. He has mixed feelings about leading the parade, but the honor is too big of a thrill for him to ignore as his ego is ready to explode with pride. However, he may have crapped out as fuming dragons loathe the newcomer's rise, which means he clawed them out of the way. They form a cartel to bankrupt his casino and other businesses. His superego blinds him to the internal threat until an employee is killed leading to NOPD Detective Harrison investigating and Griff realizing the raging dragon fire could destroy him, his sister, their friends and their adopted city as all hail the king but some want to hail a new ruler.

This is an enjoyable lighthearted entry in the Griffen McCandles urban fantasy as the lead character's ego gets out of control with the honors bestowed on him so he fails to see the danger from jokers within. Not as humorous as Robert Asprin, who died in 2008, was known for in his tales, Jody Lynn Nye has taken control of the series. Griffen continues his coming of age growth; finally he understanding that with great power comes great responsibility and as his business degree reminds him also great accountability. With a wild family affair final twist setting up the next thriller, Dragons Deal is a fun fantasy frolic.

Harriet Klausner
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