- Mass Market Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: TSR, Inc.; 1st Printing edition (April 2, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786904763
- ISBN-13: 978-0786904761
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise and Fall of a Dragon King (Dark Sun) Mass Market Paperback – April 2, 1996
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If you are looking for a simplistic good/evil archetype, look elsewhere. Conversely, if you are looking for a very believable and internally consistent story about how a seemingly average person becomes a tyrannical god-king that is widely viewed as evil, this book will wow you. If you have ever dared to ask "How do 'bad' characters become 'bad', even while doing the 'right' thing, even while acting from strength?" then you will certainly find this book fascinating. This book acknowledges that every person is the hero of their own story - that they are never evil in their own eyes.
Ever had a book that haunts you and that you feel like you have to re-read every so often? This is that book. The quality of the writing and storytelling of this book FAR exceeds many NYT bestsellers. This book is so good that it established perpetual credibility for Lynn Abbey for me - so much so that I have been periodically searching Amazon for anything new she has written for years. Although her other works, while solid, do not rise to the level of this book, I still remain hopeful that we will see a star like this once again before we lose her (she is 67 as of the time of this review as per Wikipedia).
One thing I'll always remember was my sister reading this book, and then screaming when the doorbell rang because she wanted to finish the novel instead of going out with her friends.
There are some neat moments of court intrigue towards the beginning, but it quickly becomes a long series of flashbacks to generic war scenes punctuated by attempts to justify Hamanu's evil by pointing out he had been a victim of evil.