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Mistress of Dragons (The Dragonvarld, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 16, 2004

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Book 1 of 3 in the Dragonvarld Trilogy Series

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Best known for her successful partnership with Tracy Hickman (Dragons of the Vanished Moon, etc.), Weiss launches a new series on her own that's sure to please high fantasy fans. In the world of Dragonvald, an ancient race of dragons with its own parliament has kept apart from the race of men and refrained from meddling in their affairs. Since a renegade dragon, Maristara, seized the human realm of Seth three centuries earlier, an Amazonian order of priestesses with magical powers and the Mistress of Dragons have kept the peace. But evidence that Maristara and a partner-in-crime have indulged in their taste for human flesh means renewed trouble. Draconas, who can change into a man, sets forth into human territory to resolve the problem. The ensuing conflicts and complications, as Draconas learns the true identity of the Mistress of Dragons, will keep readers turning the pages. A cliffhanger ending, involving the birth of a part-dragon human baby, will leave them eager for the next installment.
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*Starred Review* The laws established by the Parliament of Dragons, an ancient and secret institution composed of the elder from each of the 12 houses of dragons, forbid interference with human affairs and the taking of human life. Humanity, however, knows nothing of this and lives in fear of dragons. In the mountains overlooking the city of Seth stands a monastery in which live the Mistress of Dragons and her priestesses, defended by fierce female warriors. Draconas, a dragon who has shape-changed into human form to walk among humans and keep an eye on their doings, is charged by the parliament to deal with a renegade dragon, who has broken the laws and established herself as ruler of Seth, with the further intent of conquering the world. With his dragon and human personas often in conflict with each other, Draconas is a particularly well-developed character, flexible enough to bend the laws to carry out his mission. Full of intrigue, magic, and violence, this first book of Dragonvald--a projected trilogy chronicling the battle to preserve the uneasy relationship between dragons and humans--launches the project powerfully. Weis has brilliantly conceived a world viable for both dragons and humans. Sally Estes
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Product Details

  • Series: The Dragonvarld, Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (May 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765343908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765343901
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Weis graduated from the University of Missouri in 1970 with a BA in Creative Writing and Literature. Following a career in publishing she became an editor with TSR in 1983, and now lives with her husband and two cats in a converted barn near Lake Genva, Wisconsin.

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Format: Hardcover
Have you ever read a book you just wanted to finish to find out what happened, but weren't particularly interested in the characters? That's how I felt about Mistress of Dragons.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
Mistress of Dragons is the first novel in the The Dragonvarld series. Long ago, the world was ruled by the dragons. They were greedy, capricious and deadly, especially the younger ones. Then mankind appeared in the world and the dragons saw them as another prey. In fact, they savored the taste of human flesh.
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.
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By RG69 on November 17, 2005
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Being a fan of Margeret Weis, I was really looking forward to this book. I had just read Tracy Hickman's first Bronze Canticle book, and while I found it to be just ok, at least there were some original elements within it. I can not say the same for this book. There is nothing new or unique in this novel. The writing is not what I would expect from her, and the characters are not interesting. The main male lead seemed okay enough as we are introduced to a loving wife and dutiful son, but he grows unlikeable as he lusts after another woman. It is also unrealistic that a king would go off alone with a total stranger on a quest. The man female lead is a very bland priestess. The lesbian angle is interesting, though she seems to forget that she is gay for one chapter in order to advance a plot point. All in all, this is not a good Margares Weis book.
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Dragons rule much of the world though they do so secretly with human props serving as monarchs and much of the enslaved race unaware of their existence. Perhaps the only exception is the isolated mountainous matriarchal nation of Seth where the Mistress of Dragons rules. The current Mistress is near death and her chosen replacement Melisande waits her turn to rule the nation and keep its people safe from dragons, last spotted two decades ago. Melisande will do her duty, but prefers her current lifestyle in the amazonian monastery living with her lover.
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.
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