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Product Details

  • Series: Dragon Apocalypse (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris (December 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781781080627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080627
  • ASIN: 1781080623
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This one is worth reading right now.' - Orson Scott Card on Greatshadow 'Greatshadow's level 30+ adventure is charming, not po-faced, with a group of fl awed, sarcastic, quick-witted and oddball adventurers that are equally comfortable with set-piece battle and rapid fire sarcasm.' Pornokitsch on Greatshadow 'A magnificently entertaining romp bursting with charm.' SFX on Greatshadow --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Maxey’s stories have appeared in a score of anthologies and magazines. The best of his short fiction is now available in the collection There is No Wheel. He continues to write about ghosts and pirates, also spaceships, monkeys, and circus freaks and other geeky delights. His novels currently in print are the cult-classic superhero tale Nobody Gets The Girl and the Dragon Age trilogy of Bitterwood, Dragonforge, and Dragonseed.
Orson Scott Card praised Bitterwood, currently in its fourth printing, as ‘…a book that feels like fantasy but is, at core, smart science fiction. It feels like — and is — a magnificent hero story.’ For more information on James and the Dragon Apocalypse, visit dragonprophet.blogspot.com.

More About the Author

I live in Hillsborough, NC with my wife Cheryl. My work is known for fast paced action and humor, with each story built around a large moral question.

My works to date are:

His superhero novels:
Nobody Gets the Girl (2003): A tale on an invisible man and the women who dig him.
Burn Baby Burn (2011): A love story about two supervillians on a crime spree.
Coming in 2013: The Confessions of Cut-Up Girl!: A young girl with the power to create duplicates of herself by cutting off body parts gets swept up into a war between the Lawful Legion (the only superhero team authorized by the government) and Red Line, a team of super-powered vigilantes fighting to save a world that fears them.

My Dragon Age novels:
Bitterwood (2007): In a world where dragons rule over men, the mysterious hunter Bitterwood wages war against the beasts from the shadows.
Dragonforge (2008): When all out war breaks out between dragons and men, the human forces stage a daring attack on the heart of the dragons' military might--the fortress town of Dragon Forge.
Dragonseed (2009): As war takes its toll on both mankind and the dragons, disease and famine threaten to sweep the land. Does salvation lie in the talons of dragon claiming mystical healing powers, who feeds his followers the miraculous dragonseed?
Coming in 2013: The Complete Bitterwood. An ebook collection that collects the three core Dragon Age novels, plus the prequel short story "Tornado of Sparks," plus the previously unpublished novel "Empire of Angels," the book that laid the blueprint for the published novels that followed.

My Dragon Apocalypse novels:
A more lighthearted take on fantasy than my Dragon Age novels, the Dragon Apocalypse novels blend my love of epic fantasy and my love of superheroes. In each book, superpowered adventurers pit themselves against the primal dragons, elemental beings who are manifestations of aspects of nature.
Greatshadow (2012): Twelve superpowered adventurers band together to slay Greatshadow, the primal dragon of fire. But, before they fight the beast, can they first survive each other?
Hush (2012): When the warrior woman known as Infidel journeys to the frozen north in order to fulfil a promise made to a dying friend, she winds up swept into a plot by Hush, the primal dragon of cold, who plans to murder the sun and plunge the world into permanent winter.
Witchbreaker (2012): Centuries ago, the knight known as the Witchbreaker nearly wiped out the cult of witches. Now, a young witch named Sorrow seeks to launch a new golden age of witchcraft by seeking out the legendary queen of witches, Avaris. She's joined on her quest by an amnesiatic warrior who seems to have come from a different time. Could her new closest ally secretly be the long lost Witchbreaker?
Coming (hopefully) in 2014: Soulless, the sequel to Witchbreaker.

Short story collections:
There is No Wheel (2011): Ten critically acclaimed short stories collected from the pages of Asimov's, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and various anthologies. Dark, weird, funny, and truthful.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kriple on August 4, 2013
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I read this after a dry Sci-Fi/Drama/Mystery, this was fast paced, colorful and exciting. I love a book that makes you want to not put it down. These are short stories (300 Pages Avg.) compared to some, but the're fun. Some PPL in the reviews didn't like the shift in character change here in book 3, but the saga is about a "Dragon Apocalypse", not the main characters from the first 2 books. I did miss them, but hey life goes on... all the other characters were still there. I'm sure there's going to be another book in the series, besides them not being too long (Can't be too hard to come up with another 300 pages Mr. Maxey ;), the ending was Wide Open, which I'm glad for. So let's see #4 out there soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 14, 2013
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As is my usual preamble, I received this book as part of a GoodReads giveaway. In fact, I would like to thank the author once again because not only did he send me this book in specific, but also the two predecessors as well. Despite this very kind consideration, I give my honest feedback below.
So, you've no doubt noticed that in addition to this book I also made my way through the previous two books the author sent along. When I received the unexpectedly voluminous package in the mail I will admit that my first thought was, to put it succinctly, "I sure hope these don't suck." There's nothing worse than 1100 pages that you feel mildly obligated to read. Luckily, those thousand plus pages were really quite engaging.

In previous reviews I've gone on and on about Maxey's originality, his ability to stretch the typical "ogres and dwarves" platform to entertaining limits and his unique ability to mix sex, violence and fantasy in just the right ratios. In deference to those recent reviews I won't prattle on further about those characteristics. However, a new thing that I realized about the series in this book specifically was that he has a very solid way of just letting things go once they've played out. In a lot of modern books characters and plotlines carry on far beyond their welcome. They're like Joe Montana in a Chiefs uniform. You can understand why someone might have thought it was a good idea but ultimately you just wonder if it would have been better had things just ended. Authors seem to get married to their characters and drag them on and on through book after book. In Maxey's books when a character's work is done they just die. You mourn for a moment and then, like life, Maxey comes along with something else to entertain you.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W.M.M. van der Salm-Pallada on May 13, 2013
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Witchbreaker is the third in James Maxey's Dragon Apocalypse series. I tremendously enjoyed the previous two books, Greatshadow and Hush, and I was really looking forward to this book, which I thought was the concluding volume. The good news is that Witchbreaker is just as fun as the other books; the bad news is that although it is the last volume, the story ends on an open-ended note. It makes for a dissatisfying ending to a fabulous series and I'm hoping that Maxey will return to this world in the future to give us the rest of the story. Before it sounds as if I'm being overly critical, let's jump into the review and you'll understand my reasoning.
Where Greatshadow and Hush centred on Infidel as their protagonist, in Witchbreaker the focus shifts to Sorrow, the witch we first met in Hush. It makes sense in terms of Infidel's story arc and the way the previous books were narrated, as Stagger, the narrator, is now otherwise occupied. In Sorrow we get another interesting female point of view, though one which left me a little conflicted at times. While Sorrow's development throughout the book was interesting and I liked it a lot, she also feels as a mouthpiece at times. Perhaps due to the fact that I've been reading a lot about the treatment of women in SFF in the past months, I felt that there were a lot of parallels between that conversation and Sorrow's view of the world. While I'm convinced the book is meant to add to the larger conversation, not as snide commentary on said conversation, and the books in the Dragon Apocalypse definitely ace the Bechdel test in spades - not to mention Maxey's previous portrayals of women, such as Infidel, Aurora, and the Black Swan - it was a little unsubtle to say the least.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Full Disclosure: I am former roommate of the author from about twenty years ago.

This is a very satisfying conclusion to Mr. Maxey's Dragon Apocalypse trilogy. I would definitely recommend reading the prior two books ("Greatshadow" and "Hush") before reading this one. Partly due to plot reasons, but much moreso for character development reasons. There are several recurring characters from the prior novels, though the focus in this installment is on characters who were not the focus in the prior books.

I can say in all honesty that the characters are the strongest selling point of the books. Most of them have degrees of magical power that are frankly superheroic, but that is not the memorable part about any given character. Their personalities are distinct and always entertaining, even if a given character isn't particularly likable. This is not a book where in the cast of characters there are a few major players, and when the focus shifts away from them you can't wait to get back to the major players. Here, even the comparatively minor characters have personalities, motivations, and backgrounds and are all entertaining. It didn't matter who the focus was on, as a reader I was entertained.

I have mentioned that several of the characters have abilities that are superheroic in scale. It is nice to see that the powers do not usually make the characters' lives any better in certain critical ways. One character is full of rage and bitterness from the loss of loved ones, one is overcompensating an overly-sheltered childhood, another has been brought up to be the champion of a major religion but in spite of his status is very clumsy and naive about adult relationships and how the world works.
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