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To Dream with the Dragons (Hyborean Dragons Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B. V. Larson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A world where Dragons are slumbering gods....

Therian is a prince who inherits a dying land. Each year the sun dims in the sky and glaciers consume more of his kingdom. In early spring, birds are found dead in their nests, welded by ice to their silent young. Therian sets out to rekindle the sun, to return summer to his land. But to do so will require vast power. A single dark path lies open to him: he must dream with the Dragons and learn the sacrificial rites of sorcery. Armed with his twin ancestral blades and his growing knowledge of the dark arts, he searches the worlds for their most terrible secrets.

To Dream with the Dragons is the first story in the Hyborean Dragons Series. A Sword and Sorcery novella of Dark Fantasy. The book is 25,000 words, about 90 pages in print form.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Dear Readers, this series is Dark Fantasy, a sub-genre of Horror. In this case the hero is something of an anti-hero. There are no fuzzy-footed cute people running about--if there were, they would probably be boiled in oil by everyone else....

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  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IEA9VE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine start to this series June 6, 2011
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"To Dream with the Dragons" is the first in a four book series by B.V. Larson. This is a Kindle only e-edition that is a 326 Kb download.

General theme *SPOILER* no specific details given

The land of Hyborea is locked in an prolonged and unnatural winter. So soon-to-be-king Therian and his unlikely, but loyal vassal Gruum, become involve in a quest to save their land from the plummeting temperatures and in doing so, stumble upon some increasingly mysterious occurrences.

*END SPOILER*

Impression:
As describe in the foreword, this is a novella...where the author has committed himself to write descriptions of surroundings, settings and graphic actions, rather than long verbal conversations between individuals. When I started this book, I wondered how this literary technique would turn out. Would it make for an entertaining read...would it hold up against its more traditional counterpart that tended to feature reams of character to character discussions?

As I got deeper into this book I really came to admire author Larson's decision to write this book in the format that he did. He made me realize that you don't always need unending conversations to develop and portray a really good story. And surprisingly enough, the lack of protracted dialogues did not interfer with some decent character development...in this instance, our two heroes. In fact, it was refreshing to quickly get to the heart of the many situation(s), instead of having to tease the meaning out of often confusing and cryptic verbal exchanges.

Conclusion:
A book with a intriguing and entertaining story line featuring lots of action and several interesting characters. In addition, there is little down time...most of the short chapters found within this novella have lots of things going on. 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great novella that could easily be a series March 29, 2011
By J. Vogt
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I picked up this novella because it looked interesting and I was shocked how much I liked it. Although not a full fledged novel the book flows very well with good descriptions and moves at a good pace so their's not much "dead air." The story is about a young king who lives in a dismal land where the sun doesn't come up all the way. This land is frozen with animals becoming extinct regularly and food becoming scarce. The main character knows how to save the land, but it means using dark sorcery that requires sacrifice. My only problem was that half way though the book the story is no longer told from the King's point of view but rather another, although having read the next novella I now understand why. For $.99 this cant be beat, pick it up and give it a shot, anyone who enjoys fantasy will not be disappointed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Different February 5, 2011
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This is a short work well worth the 99c per 100 pages so far. The hero is of the darkest sorcery, yet with a noble goal and spirit tried by grim circumstance. His companion has obtained grim lessons of trust at the hands of his King and the Black Dragon he serves. They all wish to re-kindle the sun. Or does the dragon really? This is not yet clear.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! February 20, 2011
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I loved the characters and the fast paced novella style. I was impressed that the author could create such an engaging story in such a short span of pages. Very entertaining and fun to read. More please!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great series March 28, 2014
By Donald
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this series reminds me of the pirates of the Caribbean movies, Very entertaining.
I recommend this series it's dark but interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just not my favorite of his (3.5 stars) July 5, 2013
By Jeff
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I bought all six books in the Hyborean Dragons series based on my enjoyment reading Mr. Larson's Haven Series. That being said, this story was not one of my favorites. I am still committed to reading the rest and suspect that things will pickup for me.

Although this novella and the series overall is darker in tone than some of his other novels; for me, it just came down to not being able to really care for the two main characters that much ( I liked Gruum more so than Therian). I also found it difficult to get too caught up in the overall story. I think for me this is primarily due to the novella approach and not being able to give each character and the story enough time to develop. It felt a little rushed and disjointed to me. Mr. Larson did spell out to his readers from the get go what to expect from a novella. I appreciate that, but it didn't take away the overall lack of interest I had following Therian on his exploits.

The book was still good, so I do look forward to reading the next books in the series.

Jeff
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rob
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If you like fast paced, escapist fantasy with interesting characters and are not put off by lots of fictional death and destruction then Hyborean Dragons is for you. This is the second series I've read by Larson, the first being the Starforce series, and I am impressed once again by his ability to write interesting well paced stories that pull you along at a roller coaster pace, and like that ride, over far too soon. You will pay six bucks if you complete the series, and that's a bargain for this well written story.

P.S. if you are old enough to be aquainted with and fans of Frits Leiber and Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser you need to give this a try.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author Delivers on His Promise February 10, 2011
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In the introduction to this novella the author explains what he intended to accomplish with this story. He discusses his fondness for the sword and sorcery novella of yore and how he wishes to emulate them.

The author delivers on the promises he makes in the introduction.

There is just enough detail to ensnare the reader and allow you to understand and visualize what is going on. However, he does not allow himself to become bogged down with inconsequential things.

This easily could have been expanded to a full length novel. However, instead the author maintained the tight focus of a short story and created an enjoyable read. I do not believe there was a single moment where I felt 'this is weak. I'm going to take a break.'

I do however, need to mention the similarity between the main character and Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I would feel remiss if if I did not mention it.

Both characters are physical weak and sickly kings of a 'superior' kingdom who dual wield supernaturally powerful swords. Both use magic (though through different means) to make up for their physical failings and both consume souls (though once again through different means). Both characters are antiheroes.

As I said, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Elric is a great character, and given the introduction I took it more as an homage than an attempt to rip off Moorcock. I would be shocked however, if Larson has not read any of the Elric stories. This is by no means a reason not to read this story, but still something I felt an obligation to mention.

All in all, this is everything a fantasy novella should be. It makes me excited for the return of the novella as a 'published' form that epublishing has ushered in. I cannot wait to find the time to read the next Hyborean Dragons book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book. Well written and engaging. Enough character development to keep you intrigued, but not so much as to be pedantic.
Published 8 months ago by 0v3rwr1t3
4.0 out of 5 stars To Dream with the Dragons
I have enjoyed the whole series. I love a little sci fi now and then. He has a way with words that put you there.
Published 8 months ago by Lucky Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great BV Larson story
If you like BV Larson or just like adventure / magical stories, this is a great read. Easy to read and provides a good escape from the day. I'd recommend to anyone.
Published 8 months ago by Jim Deitzel
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent short read.
Very few stories of any length have drawn me into their world as quickly and completely as 'To Dream with the Dragons'. Halfway through, I purchased the rest of the series.
Published 10 months ago by E. Hauge
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
Felt it was a waste of my money I will not buy anymore from this series, was really disappointed in the book.
Published 15 months ago by Tina Becerra
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
It was an ok book, not RA Salvatore. Will try out his sci-fi books next. More my style to read.
Published 18 months ago by Cody L Cobb
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll want to read them all at once
The book is short, but that's the point. The author cuts out all the unnessary descriptors and gets straight to the "bones" of the story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Growing_hair
1.0 out of 5 stars To dream with dragons
I had read this authors previous series and, while not brilliant reading, they were OK. So I bought 3 books in this series as I was going away. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gaille
2.0 out of 5 stars my first review
This is not a horrible book, but, it was much better when Michael Moorcock wrote it in the 1960's. I did like your marketing plan though! Novella idea (sorry for the pun) ! Read more
Published on December 16, 2011 by SmokinDawg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and wonderfully written!
I love anything written by this author. The Hyborean series did not disappoint. Each of the 6 books were quick reads that kept my attention. Read more
Published on September 14, 2011 by Osolizzie
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More About the Author

B. V. Larson is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, many of which have reached the Amazon/Kindle Top 100 bestseller list. Writing in several genres, most of his work is Fantastic in nature, and spans from Military Science Fiction to Epic Fantasy. As a California native, B. V. Larson's stories often take place on sunny beaches and in cities such as Las Vegas. He has three kids living at home and currently teaches college. He writes college textbooks as well as fiction.

For more information check out the author's homepage: BVLarson.com


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