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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076533349X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333490
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world inhabited by the rival empires of Freya and Rosia is on the brink of disaster. The Bottom Dwellers, bent on revenge, are destroying every magical construct they can reach. Eventually, this will cause Freya and Rosia to fall, literally—the known world floats on a gas called “the Breath of God.” Former Dragon Brigade captain Stephano, leader of our intrepid band of adventurers, has information to get back to his mother—and thus the Rosian court—from a Freyan spy who realizes that the only way to defeat the Bottom Dwellers is to unite Freya and Rosia. Of course, as the story begins, they’re trapped on an island. That’s not all: there are secrets considered heretical by the church, which are key to understanding the enemy’s “contramagic.” A very solid piece of epic fantasy, with conspiracy and plotting as well as a great deal of action, Storm Riders carries on an entertaining story to a cliff-hanger that guarantees readers will want the next volume. --Regina Schroeder

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"The multifaceted action and well-drawn characters will keep any fantasy fan’s excitement at feverish pitch, a particularly impressive feat for a middle book."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The novel is a great ride, offering shifting political alliances, thrilling battle sequences, angst-y romance and hairpin plot twists.”
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A very solid piece of epic fantasy, with conspiracy and plotting as well as a great deal of action, Storm Riders carries on an entertaining story to a cliff-hanger that guarantees readers will want the next volume."
--Booklist


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It's full of action, and intrigue on many levels.
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I enjoyed the first book in this series, and rated it above average.
Elizabeth Kopras
I've read many of Margaret Weis books and am a big fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Kopras on October 1, 2013
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I enjoyed the first book in this series, and rated it above average. Storm Riders, the second book in the Dragon Brigade, is probably the best science fantasy book I've read in five years. The characters are more like real people than classical archetypes; nobody is simply good or evil. The action is non-stop.

If I don't get my research grant submitted on time, it's because I couldn't put down this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael B on August 9, 2013
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Book 2 of the Dragon Brigade series, Storm Riders is a fun read. I loved the first book and this one is just as good. There are a lot of great characters in this book. The great thing about the characters is that you'll enjoy the bad guys just as much as the good. The book is easy to read. I've read many of Margaret Weis books and am a big fan. Weis and Krammes have created an intriguing world. I enjoy the flow between action, political intrigue and mystery. Magic in this world has a unique flavor. There are crafters that use symbols to create magic by infusing items to perform tasks. The most common use is to infuse their flying ships with protection from cannons. But there is an enemy that uses contramagic, which erases these symbols. The problem is that the Church has banned the study - even the mention - of contramagic. So how will the enemy be defeated? The book is full of fun. This is a must read series.
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By CandyW on July 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
awesome love it
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By Clay Kallam on February 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Margaret Weis has been writing epic fantasy series for a long time, and she knows her stuff. In “Storm Riders” (Tor, $27.99, 510 pages), she and co-writer Robert Krammes build a very unusual early industrial world, and people it with stock, though not entirely predictable, characters. The plot involves an aggrieved group that seeks revenge on the majority, and all of the several protagonists have different hurdles to overcome to fight off the threat.

Again, the characters aren’t drawn as well as might have been hoped – we have the noble secret agent, the evil female villain, the sharp-tongued ship’s captain with a heart of gold, etc. – and the narrative does push the bounds of believability at times, but Weis and Krammes aren’t writing The Game of Thrones. This series is reasonably well-crafted, reasonably well-written and is a fun read.

Note, however, that this is volume two (“Shadow Raiders” was first), but even though I wasn’t aware of that until I finished the book, Weis and Krammes are skilled and professional enough that I never felt I didn’t know what was going on. Sometimes, it’s great to read an author who stretches the boundaries; other times, it’s just as pleasant to read a book by people who simply know how to entertain.
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This book got even better than the first one. More twists, more unlikely alliances and even more action from the get go. Just wish more of the dragon society, can't wait for the next one.
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True! I had to make serious adjustments to my schedule in order to leave enough time for sleep, getting meals made, preparing for work, etc..... I couldn't get enough of this book. I knew it would be like this because the prequel did the same thing to me. I am eagerly awaiting the next one in the series.
Love it! Love it! Love it!
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By CHICO AK/WA on September 24, 2013
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Many plots that entwine each other, in depth plot so ya better have a recall memory! What fun! Book 1 was also swell!
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