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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy (December 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812555481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812555486
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A rich brew of conspiracies, juicy romantic entanglements, blood feuds and massacres."

About the Author

Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, Illinois. A childhood of being thrown by horses, bitten by dogs, and terrorized by the Resnicks' notorious exploding water well helped prepare her adequately for her future in the publishing industry.

Resnick went on to study French, Italian, and linguistics at Georgetown, graduating cum laude. Shortly thereafter, she tramped around most of the Old World, looking at lots of cool paintings, working in France, and winding up on a kibbutz in Israel for a while. She studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London, and spent a volatile but happy year teaching English at the University of Palermo in Italy.

By the time she was thirty, Resnick had sold a dozen romance novels, all but one of them written under the pseudonym Laura Leone, and Romantic Times magazine named her the best new writer in her genre. She then went on an overland journey across Africa. Everything you could ever want to know about that 8-month journey is recounted in the award-winning nonfiction book, A Blonde In Africa.

While she was in Africa, Resnick won the John W. Campbell Award as Best New Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer in recognition of the short stories she had been writing. Having thus warmed up her muscles, she wrote her first fantasy novel, In Legend Born -- a project which made crossing Africa overland seem easy by comparison.

Customer Reviews

So who's the next best contestant-well, Tansen!
Lilly Flora
Some writers excel at writing action sequences while others depict characters with depth and complexity.
Wabe
In the end, though, it doesn't really make a difference.
Michael Erickson

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By austin_Larry TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 8, 2004
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I have been telling people for years to read In Legend Born, a book I quite enjoyed. I had given up on any sequels so I was pleased when this book came out. The White Dragon is a good diversion and an interesting story but not among the best or very good fantasy literature out there.
It does a good job introducing some new characters and telling us more about characters we met in the first novel but didn't get to know. There is one major new character, a boy that becomes central to Tansen's life and perhaps all of Sileria. We also get to know more about Elelar's husband. The problem the book runs into is just rehashing old stuff about the main characters Tansen and Mirabar. There is a tedious and entirely too long drawn out recounting of Tansen's decision to kill Armian. There are a few pages on this at the beginning of many chapters and it is a drain on the enjoyment of the book. Given how many years passed since In Legend Born, I was expecting a much cripser book.
Resnick is a good writer and has created a very interesting world but she pulls back on exploring it and the people in it with the depth of a Hobb or even a Haydon. I would still recommend this book. It is a decent effort but not a page-turner like In Legend Born.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Flora VINE VOICE on April 1, 2007
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I have often wondered why most fantasy series come in trilogies. The answer is, of course, that the publishing companies, bookstores and authors want your money! So in this case, what was supposed to be a duology with the really cool titles of "In Legend Born" followed by "In Fire Forged" turned into a trilogy. So what is really the second book was split into two books because otherwise it would have been over a thousand pages (which is not so long for epic fantasy actually) and now we have to pay more (the author claims it was not her intention to squeeze her poor readers and because she is a great writer I will believe her and blame this on the crappy booksellers) for a book with the completely lame title of "The White Dragon". This title by the way has nothing to do with the events of this novel. Nothing at all.

Anyway, so this book starts out differently. We b begin with a clan of the sea-bound sea folk, who are bound never to set foot on land until the last Dragonish (something like a shark I think but I can't help picturing really large versions of the fish in Chinese restaurant fish tanks) is dead. Our third person narrator is a 14 or 15 year old boy named Zarien, who is about to have his first Dragonfish hunt, which will make him officially a man. Unfortunately, he gets killed by one of these fish, only to be brought back to life by one of the nine goddess of the sea, the only one without a consort. She tells him to go find her mate-the sea king and King of the sea born people-on land. Naturally he's appalled, because not only is this a little sacrilegious (the sea goddess wants a land man?) but if he sets foot on land he will shunned by everyone he knows forever. He resists, the goddess threatens him with returning to being dead, and he agrees.
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Laura Resnick's THE WHITE DRAGON contains almost everything one could ask for in a historical fantasy, and she does it with such a polished, contemplative nature that she is almost retelling history, not fantasy. She brings to bear her full writing prowess to accomplish what few writers before her have - bringing to life a whole new land, with a believable history and fully encompassing vision, along with personable characters and even a romantic subplot. Resnick's engrossing dialogues and intricate politics keep her readers guessing at every word and turning every page. Her complex depictions of Sileria's people, including their religion, racism, and history, make the reader feel and believe that they are actually in Sileria. Resnick is able to incorporate as well more than just a brief glimpse of a completely fantastical facet of Sileria, with the many forms of magic discussed and beautifully described. Completely removed from the trouble that most fantasy writers face, that is, to come up with something completely original, Resnick's novel actually contains only one major flaw - her story completely drops off at the end of the novel. There is absolutely no conclusion. The novel is continued in the next book, THE DESTROYER GODDESS. This technique would be advantageous if used anywhere else in the novel, which Resnick does incorporate, but not at the end of the book. In the end, though, it doesn't really make a difference. Fantasy lovers across the world will ear up Laura Resnick's THE WHITE DRAGON, which is a truly original fantasy adventure as well as a remarkable read.
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Resnick's follow up to In Legend Born continues the struggle for freedom of the island of Sileria.

Having dispensed with foriegn occupiers in the first volume, the rebels are now facing the more formidable opposition of the island's native Waterlord sorcerers, led by the talented and ruthless Kiloran. Being more powerful, it seems the Waterlords require two volumes to defeat.

Most of the characters from the first book are back. The principal new addition is Zarien, a boy from the sea-born people who violates his clan's taboos by going on land to search for a ruler for his people at the command of his goddess.

What I like about this book is the way she has built up the Silerian culture, which is fully realized , not just a few noblemen and a bunch of peasants. There are complex relations between rural and urban, as well as the classes in each group. She also does character well, with a wide variety of characters from different backgrounds who help create the society's feeling of believability.

The main problem in this book is that, as often in the middle volume of trilogies, there is a shortage of action. To see this, one need look no further than the title. In fact, there is no white dragon in this book. The cover art shows the confrontation of Kiloran's white dragon with Josarian the Firebringer, which was a climactic event of In Legend Born.
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More About the Author

Laura Resnick is the author of the popular Esther Diamond series, whose releases include UNSYMPATHETIC MAGIC, DOPPELGANGSTER, DISAPPEARING NIGHTLY, and the upcoming VAMPARAZZI. She has also written traditional fantasy novels such as IN LEGEND BORN, THE DESTROYER GODDESS, and THE WHITE DRAGON, which made the "Year's Best" lists of Publishers Weekly and Voya. An opinion columnist, frequent public speaker, and the Campbell Award-winning author of many short stories, she is on the Web at www.LauraResnick.com.

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