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Mistress of Dragons (The Dragonvarld, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 16, 2004
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The plot was a sort of hackneyed: wonder-woman-meets-sleeping beauty, complete with lesbian amazons, a clueless prince, and an all-knowing dragon. The baddy is of the `I'm so eeevil variety.' My main problem with this book is it felt like a prequel, and the characters were not very likeable. The author writes the story with several well-developed relationships already in place. Yawn. I scarcely cared weather Melisande would be true to Belona, or whether the king would prove adulterous. There was not an iota of romantic suspense, (Which I sort of dig in these type of novels), and the ending was depressing and screams: Read the sequel!
Overall, I think this novel would work more for me, if the relationships between the main characters were new and we could experience them unfold with the characters, rather than so deeply entrenched. To surmount this, the author tries to tease us with a potential relationship between two main characters but this was so forced the outcome was easily predictable from the start. Feh.
This book left me feeling dismayed rather than entertained. Perhaps the sequel will be better...But, I'll wait until paperback.
But the Dragon Wars had exhausted the dragons and despoiled their world. The twelve dragon families formed a parliament to govern their own behavior and eventually the parliament outlawed predation on humans and proscribed any interference whatsoever in their affairs without prior parliamentary approval. Moreover, they limited contact with the humans to one dragon, Draconas, who wore human form.
The kingdom of Seth was isolated from the rest of Dragonvarld by high mountains. Three centuries in the past, a dragon had entered the kingdom and devoured both animals and humans. The kingdom was saved by the magic of the Mistress of Dragons, who asked only that the kingdom construct and maintain a monastery to provide a vigilant watch for intruding dragons.
In this novel, High Priestess Melisande of the Temple of the Watchful Eye performs her daily scan for intruders and discovers a dragon approaching the monastery. After alerting the garrison, she reports to the current Mistress of Dragons and is told to continue to observe the beast. She warns off the dragon and he claims that he only wants to talk to her mistress, but Melisande does not believe him. As he draws close, the Mistress releases the collective powers of the priestesses and the warriors attack with spear and arrow, thus driving away the beast with various wounds.Read more ›
However, King Edward of Idlswylde turns to Draconas for help with a dragon causing death and destruction. Draconas advises the monarch that his only hope reside among the amazons in Seth and he will personally go there. However, Draconas, a dragon in human garb, has his own agenda using Edward as a pawn so he can complete his mission as a member of the ruling Parliament of Dragons to find the law breaking renegade. When Melisande and Draconas meet, the world will never be the same.
MISTRESS OF DRAGONS is an exciting opening tale that demonstrates Margaret Weis' abilities to make a world governed mostly by dragons seem real. The story line is fast-paced, loaded with action, and filled with strong charcaters of both genders. Several twists add to the fun of a soaring sword and sorcery fantasy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good easy reading. Not a lot of thought required. Not a lot of originality.Published 3 months ago by Gerald Shepherd
I like this book, and the sequels. Nice to see female characters in power, even when they're the victims tooPublished 5 months ago by Emily Helton-Riley
If you like Dragon tales you'll love this! I did very much.
Can not wait to start the next one.
J'adore M.Weis et ai lu la plupart de ses livres. J'ai apprécié son style facile à lire et l'histoire en elle-même. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Sebastien Conreur
I didn't like this book. It's not because of the lesbianism and it's not because of the non-unique plot. I was actually really enjoying myself for the first half of the book. Read morePublished on February 7, 2010 by Ithlilian
Mistress of Dragons is an interesting story with some likable heroes and and excellent villains. The heroes are the humans and their dragon allies, but the humans don't realize... Read morePublished on July 2, 2008 by Kat Hooper
Lesbian themes introduced early in the book add nothing to a lackluster plotline. It should be made more obvious by the publisher that there is sexual lesbianism in this book. Read morePublished on June 30, 2008 by F.Faulkner
I had high expectations for this book. I have read many of the dragonlance series. It possessed none of the "magic" that made the dragonlance books great. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by Teresa Cumberland