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Bones of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras) Hardcover – January 6, 2009

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In this barely disguised Viking pastiche, the dragonships have real dragons and the gods fight side by side with their heroes. Named Chief of Chiefs of the sea-raiding Vindrasi, Skylan Ivorson discovers that his victory over the last chief came through another's treachery, his betrothed is in love with his best friend and his gods may be dead. Impetuously, he plunges ahead on a quest to recover the sacred Vektan Torque, but betrayal leaves the voyagers in chains. Despite some clumsy alterations to Norse myth and history, Weis and Hickman (Dragons of the Highlord Skies) have created a believably human story out of their mix of saga and sorcery, and the problems of ruling after the glee of seizing the crown make Skylan a more honest and sympathetic hero than the typical, overly successful fantasy protagonist. (Jan.)
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"Weis and Hickman ... have created a believably human story out of their mix of saga and sorcery."
--Publishers Weekly
"Weis and Hickman ... again demonstrate their talent for world building and for creating likable yet flawed heroes."
--Library Journal
"Action-packed, utterly riveting."
Praise for the Novels of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman:
"The authors of the Dragonlance series again demonstrate their talent for vivid world-crafting and strong characterization in a novel that will appeal to fans of epic fantasy."--Library Journal on Forging the Dark Sword, from the Darksword series
"Another smash hit."--Kirkus on The Hand of Chaos, from the Death Gate Cycle
"Bestselling authors Weis and Hickman have made another admirable addition to the history, lore, and ways of Krynn."--Publishers Weekly on Dragons of a Vanished Moon, from the Dragonlance Saga

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Product Details

  • Series: Dragonships of Vindras (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (January 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531973X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765319739
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bones of the Dragon by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman is the first novel in a new six book series titled Dragonships. I scoured the internet for the names of the names of the other books, but was unable to find any information. Fans of the fantasy genre will no doubt recognize Weis and Hickman from their Dragonlance Chronicles fame. However, this duo has collaborated on many wonderful series such as; The Deathgate Cycle, Sovereign Stone Trilogy, and The Darksword Trilogy. This series marks another foray into the genre. Here are my thoughts on this novel.

This book actually has a couple main plots woven together to create a larger story. Some of the plot lines include; the gods of the Vindrasi are no longer answering prayers and seem to have disappeared, the theft of a holy relic of the Vindrasi people and what they have to do to get it back, there are also a couple separate political sub plots as well, an of course there is the requisite love interest storyline as well. In all, the plot of this book is well laid out with just enough action to keep things going. Ms Weis and Mr. Hickman do a good job of introducing the reader to a new world and how it works. There were a few things I would have liked more information of, but in the interest of word count I can understand why they were either omitted or edited. My one complaint about the plot of this book is that it felt entirely too much like plots from their previous books. For instance, the disappearance of the gods (i.e see the Dragonlance Chronicles plot), a missing holy relic (i.e. Discs from Dragonlance) and a couple other instances. Now, I understand this is its own book, but comparisons are going to be drawn between the two regardless. I just wish there was more done to separate the two stories.
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I'm a huge fan of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, both together and on their own, but this book was horrible. Deeply horrible, to the point where I wish I'd never even seen it, because now I think a lot less of these writers.

For one thing, it is painfully bulked up. Remember all those long appendixes in The Death Gate Cycle that were cool to read after the book? And how you could skim through the duller parts to get to interesting little tidbits of history that really wouldn't have added much to the book, but are cool to know after the fact?

Yeah. Imagine if those *weren't* appendixes, and you had to slog through an average of two per chapter. Things slow down painfully every time one pops up. Of course, everything else is pretty slow as well, so I guess it's all fair.

The biggest problem in the entire book was the main character. Now, I'm not one to demand that the main character is always perfect, and always makes good decisions, or even has to be a particularly nice person. I mean, I liked the original Dragonlance books, plus The Death Gate Cycle, plus The Rose of the Prophet, *plus* the Star of the Guardians! I think I can put up with a certain amount of antihero, and a certain base level of immaturity in a main character.

But Skylan is just a mess. Idiotic, spoiled, selfish, *painfully* stupid, lacking any empathy or even ability to notice details (small details, even. like that his best friend and the girl he wants to marry have been in love FOREVER, and the girl in question has been doing everything short of lobbing bricks at his head to get him to notice that she is really not into him. sadly, this does not stop him from making several very disturbing attempts to get into her pants, bordering on date rape). And somehow he is beloved of the gods.
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Like most Weis and Hickman fans, I started with Dragonlance (and the Legends trilogy to be more specific). Having read Bones of the Dragon, I have high hopes that this could be their best series since. BTW, why are you reading this review? Read the first chapter available from Amazon and decide for yourself!

The world of the Vidrasi is both similar and different from other W&H series.
1. The gods are present and affect lives on a seemingly mortal by mortal basis.
2. Dragons, who doesn't love these powerful, intelligent, and opinionated beings? In this book, they operate on both the physical and spiritual planes which raises some interesting possibilities going forward...
3. Warriors, priestesses, and magic (oh my).
1. Gore. There's more gore in this book than in any of their previous work, but it is a big part of the culture of the Vindrasi.
2. Lack of humor. I didn't miss it when I was reading, but another reviewer pointed it out and I have to agree, there aren't many 'haha' moments (unless you like laughing at Skylan).
3. Fae magic. My favorite character in this book was Wulfe who is the son of a fairie and a human. His story is intesting and unbelievable to the Torgun, but it has a lot of possibilities in the future books.

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I love this writing team, however they dropped the ball in a serious fashion with this book. It is almost as if this book was written by ghost writer(s). Everything that Weis and Hickman do well is done poorly in this book. The characters are shallow and childish with the reasoning skills of a four year old. The writing is also done at an almost elementary school level. The plot is linear and boring.

In short, the book is horrible. I finally stopped reading it at the half-way point. I had hoped they would kill off the main protagonist during the first few hundred pages (because I couldn't believe any character as shallowly developed and just plain stupid as this character was suppose to hold together a three book series) and get start the plot anew with his best friend (who had some potential). However, after 270 pages, I did some research on the Internet and found out that they certainly planned on running with this idiot for the rest of the series.

At that point, I simply gave up. I don't need characters to be nice (love Raistlin!) or for them to be brilliant (thought Cameron was great too!), but I do need them to have more working brain cells than a turnip and deeper emotions than a four year old.

To sum it up: writing was poor, plot was linear and underdeveloped and the characters were shallower than a desert rain puddle.
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