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Dragon's Ring Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010

4.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Dragon's Ring Series

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About the Author

Dave Freer is an ichthyologist turned author living on Flinders Island, in the middle of the Bass Strait (between Australia and Tasmania), with his wife and chief proof-reader, Barbara, four dogs and four cats, and two sons Paddy and James. His first book—The Forlorn (Baen)—came out in 1999. Since then he has co-authored with Eric Flint (Rats, Bats and Vats, The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, and Pyramid Power) and, with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint (The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres, Much Fall of Blood) as well as writing the solo novels A Mankind Witch and Dragon’s Ring, and various shorter works. Besides working as a fisheries scientist for the Western Cape shark fishery he has worked as a commercial diver, and as a relief chef at several luxury game lodges. His other interests are rock climbing (he's still good at it), diving, flyfishing (he's still bad at it), fly-tying, wine-tasting and the preparation of food, especially by traditional means—smoking and salting, all the good unhealthy ones.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439134111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439134115
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Fionn and Meb are two of the most enjoyable characters I have read about in recent years.

A dragon with a heart and a mage who is not suddenly all powerful after 'finding out the truth' are very different heroes.

Fionn has been working for a long time to destroy Tasmarin whilst Meb was dragged into this plane when Fionn destroyed the first of the towers holding Tasmarin in place.

They travel Tasmarin as Fionn plans the final destruction of Tasmarin and Dragon's Ring is a fascinating read. Meb is a very likeable character who changes from a young girl to a mature woman who is more then a match for Fionn. Fionn is a rogue who is honest about his intentions to destroy Tasmarin to all who ask but no one believes him.

Along the way they gather favours from the many races who live in Tasmarin and finally connect them all together as Fionn prepares to destroy Tasmarin.

Read Dragon's Ring to find out how good a story this is.

Hopefully this will be only the first in a series about Fionn and Meb.
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Format: Hardcover
Dave Freer always impresses me with his ability to find ways to twist common elements of SF/F and make them his own. I can't think of another author that could make a protagonist who is intent on bringing Armageddon a sympathetic, and entertaining character, certainly not with so few words spent in doing so. The story revolves around Fionn and Meb and we get to watch them learn a bit from each other as they go about getting Fionns plan to fall into place.

Excellent read with characters, setting, and dialogue each stunningly simple and their own strength.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this in paperback a few years ago and loved it so much that I read it several times, and I've kept it on my "Keeper Shelf" ever since. Now that I'm completely enamored with my Kindle Paperwhite, I decided to see if there was an 'e' version of my beloved dragon story, and now I've found it. Not only that, but I found a sequel as well, and immediately ordered both.

I just finished reading them both and am SO pleased to now have them on my Kindle to reread any time I please. In case you haven't figured it out, I LOVE the story of Finn and Meb. It is just so cleverly written and funny that I can't get tired of it. From the old dragons, sprites, fire people and mere people, I love them all! Well, maybe not the fire people and the older dragons, but I do the rest.

"Dragon's Ring" and its sequel now have a permanent place of honor on my Kindle, along with the "Stray" series, by Andrea K Höst and a few other favorite titles. Read it if you enjoy a humorous fantasy, though I have to warn you - I've just about worn out my Kindle dictionary from looking up all the unusual words that Freer uses!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fionn is low in the ranks of the dragons, but high in mischief, or in fact, down right skulduggery, not to mention that he is determined to destroy the universe.

Mab is an orphaned girl, now missing her second family. The dragon that is responsible is going to pay for what he did.

Pity she doesn't recognize him when she meets him.

Or is it? A charming meeting of many species and conflicting desires, where it gets hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, or is it that we can't tell good from bad?
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Dave Freer always creates memorable protagonists, good plots, and imaginative settings. What else can you ask for? Buy it and read it! (Ends on a cliffhanger note, but not a real cliffhanger. You will want to read the sequel, Dog and Dragon).
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I have to admit I love dogs. And dragons too. And sarcastic humour. And looking at old tales in a new light. And adventures that are hard, and rather scary. This is a blast, and more than a bit wonderful. This goes in the to be re-read stack. After I read the next one that is! Can't wait to find out what happens!
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My wife gave this to me on Christmas day and I stayed up until 3:00 that morning reading. Rather then repeat the synopsis other reviewers have provided I will state that I rarely read fantasy; finding it mostly reworks of established plots and characters. Not so with Dave Freer's fantasy and this book is no exception. His characters are different and accessible. His description of place well done without belaboring the scenery. The plot in this novel is twisted enough to make it fresh.

Meb and Finn surely captured my heart and I hope that we will see more of them. This book is definitely worth adding to your shelf.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I love it when a story turns into something else. I love the reveals in the last chapter that the butler was set up by the werewolf, and that the baby found in the cloakroom is really the rightful Earl of Snoot.
So I love the Dragon's Ring.
There are so many different kinds of people in the book, that it's confusing a bit to start. But because they behave in consistent and self-serving ways, after a while I could track them without keeping up with who had the right number of ears.
I also like books in which the good guys wine and the bad guys lose. It's even better when you don't always know who those people are are first.
And I like it when hidden meaning is revealed. For example, there is a special treasure of the mer people that is spoken of as being in two different, mutually incompatible places at the same time, and from the POV of the speaking character, it really IS in their control. That was a bit aggravating (where WAS the thing), until the REVEAL! Good writing!
Now, let me explain the title of this review: the prologue uses purple prose. I hate purple prose. If I hadn't read other stuff by Monkeyman, this would have put me off, but because I HAVE read his other stuff, I knew that quickly he's going to give me good narrative and a great story, and yup, he surely did. Not only is THIS book a great story, it's the beginning of a series, which I will most eagerly devour. Thanks, Dave!
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