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Dragonmaster (Dragon Master Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – Newsletter Subscription, December 5, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Following his Dragonmaster Trilogy (Last Battle, etc.), Bunch continues the story of Hal Kailis in this first installment of his latest series, which entertainingly injects a medieval, authoritarian fantasy world with air warfare. Hal, at a young age already a veteran vagabond, graduates from the thrill of an impromptu ride aboard a dragon and employment with a small dragon-ride air circus, to conscription with an army that's enlivened by sorcery. Bunch lays out the customary lengthy war scenes, and when the army assembles large groups of dragons, Hal is ready to ride. Though he hails from a common family, he rises quickly through the ranks with his natural talents. The author successfully weaves early twentieth century-style warfare into this fantasy world-with the slightest leap of imagination, the reader associates these screeching, twisting dragons with the fighter planes of the first world war. As pilot, Hal lacks only the dangling flaps of a goggled helmet. In this endless war, dragons battle, riders fall and Hal becomes a flying ace. Military SF and fantasy fans will relish the action-packed plot and Hal's derring-do.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A vast and intricate tapestry woven by a writer who knows both history and war. -- David Drake, author of the Lord of the Isles series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I was expected to be transported into another world, to be introduced to an amazing character/s, and to travel with those characters through their trials and tribulations.. Not this book.
If you're into fantasy, Robert Jordan, Lorna Freeman, and David Drake (so far) are much better...
Hal is a natural, both as a dragon flier and as a tactician. He climbs the ranks with amazing speed (well, he *is* a hero . . .), comes to the notice of the king himself, and by the time he’s in his mid-20s, he’s commanding a flight of dragons. The author has a lot of fun with this, too -- think Lafayette Escadrille in the Great War -- but he also makes it clear that war at its root is anything but heroic. Hal isn’t really a bloody-minded sort of person but he has the killer instinct when necessary. His superiors and subordinates are also nicely developed, as is the love interest. And the technology Hal invents almost singlehandedly to make his dragons into not only reconnaissance craft but fighter “planes” and eventually even bombers are quite ingenious. But it’s going to be a long war.
Hal knows he wants to do something with dragons on his own. However, the Queen of Roche uses a land dispute to go to war with Deraine and Sagene. Hal t is conscripted and rises to the occasion to become a leader of men. When his troops are massacred, Hal enlists to be trained to fight on dragons in a new unit. His exploits and daring earn him the hearts and admiration of the populace but the war costs him that what he treasures most. When he is injured, instead of mustering out like the king expects him to, Hal volunteers to lead a new dragon unit as their Dragonmaster.
This book is filled with plenty of action and will appeal to readers who love military fantasy. The use of dragons and magicians to aid in the war effort is so much a part of the storyline that readers will find themselves believing that such things are really possible in wartime. As the hero matures, he and the audience observe the toll of war as humans and dragons die at an alarming rate. Chris Bunch is a talented storyteller who entertains his audience with a fantastic sword and sorcery epic.
As for this, skip it.